Call for ARTBOX designs
The City of Bloomington’s Creative Placemaking Commission and Artistry are accepting proposals for designs to transform common utility boxes in South Loop into creative, exciting, and appealing objects of art that enhance the South Loop’s character and vitality while creating elements of surprise and delight.
Selected designs will receive a $1,000 stipend.
Download the application at blm.mn/placemaking under the “ARTBOX” section.
Artists play with the three-dimensional rectangular shape of the box, respond to the specific location, or reflect the past, present or future of the South Loop District. Some boxes also incorporate sculptural elements or extensions. As many other communities have discovered, transforming utility boxes into vehicles for artistic expression has produced several benefits: reducing graffiti, beautifying neighborhoods, and creating elements of surprise and delight.
Creative Placemaking in the South Loop is a project of the City of Bloomington and Artistry. Creative Placemaking is an evolving field that works to build vibrant, distinctive, and sustainable communities through the arts. It engages the community, artists, and other stakeholders in building social fabric and local economies while making physical, place-based improvements, leveraging the distinctive character and creative and cultural resources of each place.
Creative Placemaking in the South Loop goals include:
- Urbanism: Ensure urban design excellence in transforming the built environment.
- Animation: Animate public spaces and strengthen the social and cultural fabric.
- Involvement: Involve and empower people who inhabit and care about the South Loop.
- Identity: Elevate and project South Loop's identity.
- Leadership: Build capacity to sustain leadership and champions.
- Investment: Attract new development and foster the creative sector.
View a South Loop map with permanent creative placemaking project locations.