From July 9 to July 23, support Our Town Belfast, by purchasing limited-edition merchandise featuring one-of-a-kind art from the “As Unique as Belfast” crosswalk project.
The “As Unique As Belfast” crosswalk project has been an exciting project. The project was funded by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Arts Expansion program. A call for artists was conducted and nearly 30 artists submitted works for consideration reflecting the theme “As unique as Belfast”. Thank you to the artists and for the support from the City of Belfast.
The project is inspired by previous related projects downtown. For many years the crosswalk from the Colonial Theatre to City hall has been painted with “movie stars”. In 2017 the Pedestrian, Biking and Hiking Committee (PBHC) installed painting of chicken feet in the two crosswalks from Main Street to Washington St.
Each crosswalk was selected based on the visibility and proximity to The Park on Main St. The Park on Main Street has been a project of the Our Town Belfast design committee with the goal of creating a space for community interaction in the heart of our downtown. In addition adding artwork to these existing crosswalks will allow the promotion of these artists and their artworks by capitalizing on the existing traffic via car, bike, and on foot.
During several weeks in May of 2021 artists installed their designs downtown.
Artists selected include:
Republican Journal – May 26, 2021: Crosswalks of Belfast come alive with local artists’ designs
WABI TV 5 – May 25, 2021: MidCoast artists paint downtown Belfast crosswalks
Proposals will be evaluated by a committee utilizing the following guidelines.
(Once the selection committee makes its decisions, each project will be reviewed by the City of Belfast Public Works Director, Chief of Police, and City Council.)
Color Options: Must include glow in the dark color: