Public Art Could Be Coming to South Main

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Public art could dot the South Main district this fall if funds are approved for the project next week.

The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) will ask for no more than $50,000 from the Center City Development Corp. (CCDC) next Wednesday to begin a search for local artists to produce 10 pieces of public art for the district.

South Mains iconic buffalo mural.
  • South Main's iconic buffalo mural.

If approved, the DMC would get help from the Memphis College of Art, UrbanArt Commission, ArtsMemphis, and others to find local artists to submit their proposals for the project.

The art would be placed in 10 locations throughout the South Main district. The DMC will work with area property owners to identify those sites.

The installations could be a blend of sculpture, murals, lighting exhibits, window displays, and more, according to a DMC document. Each installation would be up for one year and cost no more than $5,000.

Together, the displays would create an art walk through the district meant to "bring more foot traffic to the area," the DMC document says.

The request will come before the CCDC in their monthly meeting next week.

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