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City of Asheville Issues Call for Artists for Urban Trail


The City of Asheville is seeking to commission qualified artists to redesign portions of Station 13 Appalachian Stage and Station 15 Market Place of the Asheville Urban Trail in downtown Asheville. Artists’ qualifications will be accepted electronically through June 13, 2014 at CallforEntry.org, also known as CaFÉ™. Project specifications and instructions on how to apply are located at www.callforentry.org.

Station 13 Appalachian Stage

Located on Haywood Street in front of the U.S. Cellular Center, a bronze fiddle and quilt graces a bench, while figures of dancers and musicians celebrate the significance of the Appalachian culture in the community. The project includes replicating the original fiddle and quilt which is missing from the station and design of a permanent pedestal on which to display the fiddle and quilt.

Station 15 Market Place

Located on Walnut Street near N. Lexington Avenue, a sculpture of a bonnet and an apple basket rest on a bench as they might have at a time when this street housed a produce market and livery stables. The project includes creating an interpretive pedestal on which to display the existing bronze sculptures. The pedestal will become an integral part of the station in that it interprets the historic story of the station.

This is a regional call to all qualified artists who currently live in North Carolina in Buncombe, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Madison, Haywood, Transylvania, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties (proof of residency will be required).

For information about the call for artists, contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or bpunsalan@ashevillenc.gov.

The Asheville Urban Trail, a walking tour of downtown Asheville, highlights the unique architecture, people and historic events of the city. All 30 stations include interpretive art or a story board about the station.

The City of Asheville Public Art Program oversees Asheville’s public art collection with assistance of the Public Art & Cultural Commission. The collection includes the popular Urban Trail, a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville; along with other prominent works in the downtown area including but not limited to the Pack Fountain, Energy Loop, Deco Gecko and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.