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Unique art project to bring removable murals to urban areas in Lakeland

Posted at 5:50 AM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 06:51:03-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland is taking a page out of St. Pete's book — but with a twist. 

Starting in November at least 12 murals will be on display in three different parts of town.

The project is called “Tapestries – Lakeland, an Un-Mural Art Exhibition.”  

Unlike St. Pete's murals, Lakeland's murals will be painted on giant canvases that will be hung on the walls of the buildings in Downtown, Midtown and Dixieland.

The murals will not have a specific theme but will be designed to entertain, cause interaction and provoke thought.

"The project’s aims are to promote quality works of Street Art in Lakeland and enhance the value of the three urban areas," according to artist David Collins. "The more art you have, I think the more walkable communities become because people walk to see art. It just means the city is alive."

12 artists have already been invited to create the first 20 painted tapestries.

Artists interested in being part of the project can enter a competition that will allow 20 additional painted tapestries to be created. Winning artists will be commissioned to paint their own tapestry design.

An additional 20 artists will be selected to participate but will pay a fee of $150.00 to cover the cost of materials and installation.

For more information or to enter the competition, click here