Not only will bland public spaces be improved, but Collins said another benefit of infilling areas is crowding out unwanted graffiti, which costs the city money to remove it.
“Adding packaging to the bins, which lasts for many years, may result in minimal upfront costs, but in the end, it sometimes saves us a lot of money in terms of labor and time. Collins said.
The art listing program will see projects awarded on a case-by-case basis for different types of public image creation projects, such as murals and graphic design.
Successful applicants will be notified next month, as their work comes to fruition next year and into 2023, with Collins hoping the initiative will be long-term.
Collins noted that the creation of a talent bank of competent urban artists was brought forward by various city departments, who saw the value in adding personality to civic projects around the community.
“Kind of like a coming together of these different disciplines and the roster is a channel that can bring these kinds of people together,” Collins said.
Artists in the program will be paid for their work.
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