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Public art projects popping up in Jeffersonville

When the highly anticipated Big Four Bridge is finally fully functional city leaders recognize it will be a great opportunity to show off. When the highly anticipated Big Four Bridge is finally fully functional city leaders recognize it will be a great opportunity to show off.
The first phase was completed last fall when 13 utility boxes were painted around downtown. The first phase was completed last fall when 13 utility boxes were painted around downtown.
Not far from Maple Elementary volunteers are in the process of turning old tires and wine bottles into a unique sitting area. Not far from Maple Elementary volunteers are in the process of turning old tires and wine bottles into a unique sitting area.
Nathan Samuel Nathan Samuel
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Pops of color and unique artwork are starting to blossom in one river city.

Mayor Mike Moore said Jeffersonville looked to other cities like New Albany and Madison to see how they were introducing public art in their downtowns. Now the effort is in full force as the city prepares for a welcomed influx of visitors.

When the highly anticipated Big Four Bridge is finally fully functional city leaders recognize it will be a great opportunity to show off.

"We want them to be able to come into a very inviting, welcoming area that has some nice visuals," said Nathan Samuel, city councilman and member of Jeffersonville Public Art Commission.

About a year and a half ago the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission was formed. Through grants from the state and some extra funds set aside projects started coming together.

"The man hours being put into building most of these projects are voluntary, so it is a great way to create a new look in Jeff at either no cost or very little cost," said Mayor Moore.

The first phase was completed last fall when 13 utility boxes were painted around downtown in a variety of styles and themes.

"We did them all in like one weekend and it was a real pop for our community and the overwhelming outpour was fantastic," said Samuel. "We actually expected some negatives, didn't have any negatives so it was very good."

Samuel said next are benches, bike rakes and cross walks, and they are looking to local artists first.

"We prefer to try to have the local flare, local flavor and try to support them," said Samuel. "It's going over very well."

Not far from Maple Elementary volunteers are in the process of turning old tires and wine bottles into a unique sitting area.

Just one of several small personal touches the mayor hopes will make Jeffersonville stand out.

"You fix an area up, you make it a little more beautiful, you give people a reason to share it," said Moore.

Interested in submitting a public art request for proposal? Click here. 

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