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Broad & Poplar Crosswalk Design Call for Artists


City of Atlanta Department of City Planning

Entry Deadline:  July 27, 2018

Required submissions

  • Design concept for crosswalk
  • Images of five previous mural and or crosswalk projects (600 dpi Jpeg)
  • Project narrative (max one page)
  • Bio/Resume (max two pages)


The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning, in collaboration with Atlanta Downtown Improvement District/Central Atlanta Progress and Flatiron City, have a vision for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and are working to bring it to fruition. One of the initial projects was the Broad Street Plaza, installed between Luckie and Poplar Streets. The pedestrian plaza is intended as a pilot project both to test design ideas for the long-term design of Broad Street as well as elevating the discussions and expectations of the design of the public realm throughout the City. On-going community engagement is at the core of the pilot project’s mission. On the Luckie Street side of the Plaza, a crosswalk was painted with a design encouraging the community share their thoughts about their design desires for downtown Atlanta with the Department of Planning.

Designs submitted for the Broad and Poplar Streets intersection should be impactful and reflect the spirit of downtown Atlanta.  Elements of the project will be incorporated into "Broad Street Block Party," the monthly event that will take place on the last Thursday of the month from June 28 through October 25 from 5:00p-8:30p. The project will be announced on June 28th and, once the submissions have been narrowed down to three, we will allow Block Party attendees to vote on which design they would like to see on the crosswalk.


The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning

The mission of the Department of City Planning is to enable high quality, sustainable and equitable growth and development of Atlanta by facilitating more options for travel, abundant housing for all people, thriving neighborhoods, exceptional design in architecture and public spaces, preservation of historic resources, innovative regulatory practices, safe and durable buildings, attentive customer service and public engagement in all our work.


The Site

In 2015, Broad Street between Luckie and Poplar Streets was closed to vehicular traffic. The Broad Street Boardwalk was constructed on that section of Broad Street to inspire the community to engage outdoors.  On the Luckie Street end of the Boardwalk, a crosswalk was designed encouraging the public to submit design ideas to the city (it reads "Share your thoughts with us! #DESIGNBROADST").
The Broad Street Boardwalk meets ADA accessibility requirements and maintains access to existing utilities and storm water infrastructure. It features a quickly assembled and fully adjustable pedestal decking system. Integrated and detached furniture elements have been added to enhance the experience and enjoyment of the new space.
The location of the proposed crosswalk on the corner of Poplar and Broad Streets measures approximately 42.5' x 25'.  The northwest edge is immediately adjacent to the Boardwalk and the southeast edge faces the side of the street open to vehicular traffic. The entire area will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the installation of the crosswalk design.

Project/Scope of Work

The Department of City Planning seeks proposals from local and regional professional artists to design the crosswalk located at Broad and Poplar Streets SW.  The location of the crosswalk is at the south end of the recently installed Broad Street Boardwalk.  The selected artist will work with a vendor who will paint the design on the pavement.  The artist is expected to:
  • Create the design
  • Make any requested revisions to the design within one week of that request
  • Meet with vendor contracted to install design
  • Be on site while the vendor is installing the design

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Project Timeline

July 27 – Proposals due
Week of August 6 Artists notified of selections (top three selected projects will be presented during the August 23 "Block Party on Broad Street" and voted on by attendees)
August 30 – Winning artist will be voted on and announced at the Block Party on Broad Street (All three artists should attend)
August 31 – Artist signs contract
September 10 – October 19 – Artist works with the Department of City Planning and vendor on design and installation of crosswalk
October 25 – Crosswalk dedicated (artist must be in attendance at Block Party on Broad Street from 5-8:30pm)


Awarded artist will receive a compensation of $4,000.  This will compensate the artist for their time tweaking their design (as necessary), working with the installer and being present for the installation of their design.

Eligible Artists:

Artists must reside in metro Atlanta and be at least 18 years of age.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Painting proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Originality of Design
Is the artwork unique and original to the proposing artist?

Artistic Merit of Design
Is the design visually and conceptually stimulating?

Design’s relevance to downtown Atlanta
How will the design interact with its viewers in Downtown Atlanta? Is the subject matter or design relevant and appropriate for this audience?

Previous professional art experience
Do the submitted portfolio examples show artistic merit and support the proposal’s feasibility?


All questions should be directed in writing to Dorian McDuffie at