“Have you heard anything about the city paying for murals on the new Gertrudes walk extensions or something like that?” – Scott Mann, Highforge Solutions
Mr. Mann reached out with the above question over the weekend, and according to the City, there will in fact be some new murals installed along Gertrude’s Walk in Downtown Orlando.
According to the City’s Press Secretary, Cassandra Lafser (#knowledgekeeper), City staff is currently in the process of finalizing the Terms & Conditions for the project and are hoping to have something ready to share with the public in early September. That is when they are planning to release an official Call for Artists and begin accepting submissions to create artwork appropriate for two walls on the Gertrude’s Walk Urban Trail.
We wrote about the Gertrude’s Walk extension HERE in November, 2015.
According to Lafser, the current idea is to select two finalists. The installation timeline for the artwork will be dependent on the construction schedule of the new wall; which should be completed by the end of December. Once the wall is complete, the artist can start install.
The walls to be “arted up” will be located between Washington Street and Jefferson Street [GMap]. The east side of the wall will be visible from SunRail, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic. The west side of the wall will be visible to pedestrians and bicyclists on Gertrude’s Walk.
Gertrude’s Walk will be connected with the Orlando Urban Trail via the new Colonial pedestrian bridge that’s being built in conjunction with I-4 Ultimate project.
Click HERE to find out how Gertrude’s Walk got its name.