Art on the Streets artworks are exhibited outdoors throughout the 40-square-block urban environment of Downtown Colorado Springs. Works should be suitable for placement in a setting that is accessible to the public 24/7 and subject to extreme sun, strong winds, freezing/moisture, and rapid fluctuations between hot and cold.
If additional information is needed, please email michelle@DowntownCS.com.
A few special sites offer the opportunity to display works that fit a more specific set of criteria. Please note the following criteria DO NOT need to be met for work to be considered for Art on the Streets as a whole. If works are being submitted for the following sites, please indicate in the application narrative.
Plaza of the Rockies
This site is suitable for suspended artworks and is located at the southern entrance of Plaza of the Rockies, 111 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Photos below show examples of artworks previously installed at this site.
Air or Water by ByeongDoo Moon
Mariachi Galaxy by Jeff Glode Wise
Downtown Transit Center
Up to two of the pieces in the 25th annual exhibition will be selected through a partnership with Mountain Metro Transit to be installed at the Downtown Transit Center (127 E Kiowa St). When considering pieces for the Transit Gallery, jurors will give special consideration to works that reference mobility or include an interactive component.
Pedestal #1 can accommodate a piece up to 36” D x 36” W x 60” H.
Pedestal #2 can accommodate a piece up to 32″ D X 52″ W x 60” H.
Pedestal #3 can accommodate a piece up to 36” D x 48” W with no height restriction.
Mural proposals may reference one site specifically or may be submitted for consideration for any available site. Concept drawings do not need to be highly refined—it is understood that final dimensions will vary based on site selected.
Artist must specify whether paint or vinyl laminate will be used to render the image on the selected wall—it will be artist’s responsibility to purchase paint or order laminate. Art on the Streets will fund installation costs as needed including lifts, scaffolding, and skilled labor.
All sites are captioned with their street address and can be searched on Google Street View for a more holistic understanding of the site.
Priority Mural Site: South Nevada Gateway
The Experience Downtown master plan identifies gateway improvements as an important tool to welcome people to Downtown Colorado Springs. Gateways are transition areas or entrances to Downtown.
Murals are a wonderful way to make these locations inspire the sense of arrival one should feel when entering the economic and cultural heart of the region.
Site description: West side of S Nevada Ave, approximate address 832 S Nevada Ave
Other Mural Sites
The following sites have been identified as potential mural sites.
Site description: West exterior wall of 8 E Bijou St
Site description: West exterior wall of 520 E Pikes Peak Ave