The Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Public Art Program is teaming up with the Public Lands Department and taking steps to improve the Bonneville Boulevard and Popperton Park Trailheads through a public art opportunity. The Foothills Trailheads: Bike Rack Murals public art project invites local artists to submit qualifications for a public art commission that will feature artistic interventions painted on the surface of galvanized steel bike racks. A total of ten (10) bike racks will be placed amongst the two sites: six (6) bike racks will be placed at Bonneville Boulevard Trailhead and four (4) bike racks will be placed at Popperton Park Trailhead.
This unique public art project has been designed to support our local artist community while providing a learning experience and professional development opportunity for emerging artists and/or those without previous public art experience. The Salt Lake City Public Art Program will be responsible for the fabrication and final installation of the bike racks and the 10 commissioned artists will be responsible for creating unique bike rack “murals” on each of them. Improvements to the Bonneville Boulevard and Popperton Park Trailheads call for a paved parking lot with rope and timber fencing, landscaping, and a welcome entry plaza. Current designs also include waste receptacles, dog waste bag dispensers, marked parking, wayfinding, regulation, and interpretive signage, picnic tables and benches, bike racks, invasive weed cleaning station and bike repair stations, and some will include site lighting.
This Call for Artists is open to all artists and artist-led teams currently residing in the greater Salt Lake City Metropolitan area. Submissions are due on Thursday, March 23, 2023 by 5:00 pm. For more information and to apply, click here.