If you haven’t been to Downtown Melbourne lately, it’s likely you will be surprised the next time you visit.
Artists from all across the state of Florida will soon be working to renovate the area into a vibrant art destination with the production of dozens of murals being completed over the coming year.
Earlier this year, Melbourne Main Street put a call out to artists, asking them to submit their designs for a mural contest. The result was overwhelming with nearly 40 artists submitting over 100 designs. After narrowing the submissions down, Melbourne Main Street coordinated with building owners and artists in order to choose the designs for specific buildings. The murals will be completed on a staggered timeline and
the community can begin to see murals as early as late September.
“We originally hoped we could do about 10 murals and the project would be completed, but as more and more artists have become interested, we realized this project will be ongoing,” said Lacey Zimmerman, project lead at Melbourne Main Street.
From underwater scenes to a Jim Morrison dedication, this project is set to be encompassing of a multitude of artistic styles and designs. Properties that have already signed up to be involved include Meg O’ Malley’s, Lou’s Filling Station, Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop, Debauchery and many more. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the community, Melbourne Main Street is still accepting building walls within the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area to paint as well as artist submissions for a second round near the start of 2016.
To sponsor a mural, contact Lacey at MelbourneMainStreet@gmail.com
To donate to this project, go to GoFundMe.com/MelbourneMurals
This article appears in the September 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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