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Crosswalk Design Contest

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Calling All Creative Thinkers!

Vision Louisville Announces City’s First Crosswalk Art Contest

SoBro ArtWalks Contest gives community opportunity to energize neighborhood

LOUISVILLE (July 29, 2014) – Four intersections along the 4th Street corridor will be painted as part of a contest bringing together residents, businesses and property owners to beautify the SoBro neighborhood. Intersections to be painted include Broadway, York, Breckinridge and Kentucky.

The contest encourages local creative individuals to develop artistic designs to enhance a mundane, but necessary amenity – the crosswalk. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the SoBro Neighborhood Association, Louisville Metro Government and the Commission on Public Art. The contest will culminate on September 14 with a community-wide painting party where winners will oversee the painting of their designs on the crosswalks by volunteers.

“This arts and culture initiative fits within the vision and values we created earlier this year for the neighborhood,” said Brent Collins, SoBro Neighborhood Association leader. “Our ambition is to be a neighborhood known for its social responsibility. Art speaks to that in a major way.”

Collins said he hopes some of the contest designs will work with the neighborhood’s first major initiative to become an EcoDistrict. This initiative puts a spotlight on an important link in the city's urban fabric: providing a real-life canvas for bringing green concepts to fruition.

“Louisville has some very talented artists and we are looking forward to seeing their ideas,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This project is really an opportunity to showcase creativity while improving pedestrian safety with colorful crosswalks. Crosswalk design programs are also beneficial in traffic calming and fostering local neighborhood identity.”

Contest entrants are asked to develop designs to fill the “blank” spaces in the crosswalk. Entries should be fun, creative, and reflect the identity of the SoBro neighborhood.

Designers may choose more than one intersection; however, separate stand-alone entries will be necessary for each intersection.

Broadway: Broadway is the gateway between Downtown and the SoBro neighborhood. Once Louisville’s “magic corner,” this intersection has the potential to be a meeting place and hub of activity once again. Only the southern leg of this crosswalk will be painted as part of this contest.

York Street: York is a key intersection in the SoBro neighborhood. The Main Library of the Louisville Free Public Library and the 800 Apartment Building anchor this location.

Breckinridge Street: Education is a mainstay at the intersection of 4th Street and Breckinridge Street. Spalding University secures the east side of the intersection and Presentation Academy is at the southwest corner. A dedicated bike lane was recently added to the south side of Breckinridge.

Kentucky Street: Kentucky Street is the gateway between SoBro and Old Louisville. It contains two of the largest public gathering areas in the neighborhood (Memorial Auditorium and Memorial Park). It provides an opportunity to make a lasting impression of the SoBro neighborhood and a smooth transition into historic Old Louisville.

All design entries must be submitted by noon on Friday, August 22, 2014:

- online at www.visionlouisville.com

- by mail 444 S Fifth Street, Suite 600 (40202) ATTN: Ken Baker

*A full list of design, intersection and entry information is available: www.visionlouisville.com