Lakeland artists will paint sixty un-murals that will be installed on buildings in Lakeland.

The project is called, “Tapestries – Lakeland, an Un-Mural Art Exhibition”.  Artists will be commissioned to create the “Un-Murals”.  They’re called un-murals, because a mural is defined as a painting or art executed directly on a wall. The painted un-mural tapestries are not.  They’re painted on over sized canvas tarpaulins then attached to walls. The largest ones are 10 by 12 feet.

The project’s aims are to promote quality works of Street Art in Lakeland and enhance the value of three urban areas, Downtown, Midtown and Dixieland.

There is no specific theme that artists must conform to when creating their concepts.  The artwork must fit harmoniously into the urban environment of Lakeland and must be politically and ideologically neutral.  The Un-murals are designed to entertain, cause interaction and provoke thought.

The tapestries are a continuation of my passion for public art.  It began with chalk art paintings on sidewalks, a 10 foot mural painted on pallet wrap stretched between trees at the Citrus Connection terminal, stretch wrapping and painting ten trees in vibrant colors, wrapping and painting all the light poles in downtown, painting abandoned stumps and murals on neglected store fronts, painting a giraffe measuring 20 feet tall and a menagerie on a stretch wrapped tree in Munn Park, to  creating “Clearly People”, a packaging tape sculpture exhibition.  “Clearly People” was my largest public art exhibition to date, but . . . Go Big or Go Home, “Tapestries – Lakeland” will be larger.

  • Twelve artists have been invited to create the first twenty painted tapestries.
  • A competition will allow twenty additional painted tapestries to be created. Winning artists will be commissioned to paint their own tapestry design.
  • Twenty more artists will be selected to participate but will pay a fee of $150.00 to cover the cost of materials and installation. Harrison School for the Arts is sponsoring several students.

Tapestries are approximately 6’x6’, 6’x8’, 8’x10’, 10’x10’, 10’x12’ or 6’x15’.  Artists will be paid $10.00 per sq. ft., with canvas tapestry and approved paint provided.  Artists will be paid over $25,000.00.

“Tapestries – Lakeland, an Un-Mural Art Exhibition” will debut at an artist’s reception on November 02, 2018 and then be installed during the following weeks.  It will be on exhibit until January 2020.  A Google walking map of the installations will be available.

The public art exhibition budget is $50,000.00.  Public funding for the exhibition is being provided by the following agencies.

  • $10,000.00 has been committed by, The Lakeland CRA – Community Redevelopment Agency
  • $10,000.00 was committed by, The Lakeland DDA – Downtown Development Authority.
  • $5,000.00 is committed by, Citrus Connection – Lakeland Area Mass Transit District as apart of “Arts in Transit”.

$25,000.00 is still needed to fund the project.  Corporate sponsorship and crowdfunding is need.  A platform for art lovers in general to contribute is provide below.