Fishers offering $46,000 for murals at Nickel Plate Trail

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Fishers is calling on underground artists to leave their mark on the Nickel Plate Trail downtown.

Requests for applications went out Monday for painters or other visual artists to complete a mural in the tunnel of the trail underneath 116th Street.

The subterranean artworks would be done in three sections; on the east and west walls of the tunnel and on the wall next to plaza stairs leading out of the underpass.

The murals in the tunnel should be 194-square-feet and the mural by the stairs should be 397-square-feet. The city has budgeted $13,000 for the wall mural and $6,500 each for the tunnel murals.

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Mayor Scott Fadness has said he wants the lighted tunnel to be a place where trail-goers spend time rather than rush through. The 120-foot tunnel is 20-feet wide and has benches and security cameras.

The city is also put out to bid a request for an artist to install a 600-square-foot mural on the side of a historic building that is being preserved next to the tunnel. The mural would be on the west-facing wall at the Vardagen Building, 8464 E. 116th St.

The building last housed Vardagen, a clothing store that doubled as Sure Shot Coffee. Two buildings west of Vardagen have been torn down: one was home to the Nickel Plate Bar and Grill and other a barbershop.

According to the bid requests all the murals "should be vibrant in color, interactive, and allow for an “Instagrammable” moment while also helping establish a sense of place." They should be completed between June and August 2023.

To apply for the mural commissions submit a resume and cover letter with a written concept. Include up to 10 images of previous work through email with a corresponding description of each work. Applications can be sent to facc@fishers.in.us or by mail hard copy to Fishers City Hall, 1 Municipal Drive Fishers, IN 46038, Attention Ross Hilleary by Aug. 19, 2022, at 4:30 PM.

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