UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – To add to the long list of Downtown Revitalization Projects, the city is now looking for the community’s help in determining the fate of a longstanding Utica staple.
If you’ve traveled around the great city, chances are you’ve passed the ‘Sunburst Mural’ along Genesee Street.
But this iconic artwork that stands tall at Liberty Bell Park is now getting a makeover, and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri is asking for the community’s help in deciding the new final design.
The wall is currently in disrepair and needs to be structurally rebuilt, meaning the artwork will come down with it. However, it will then be restored using a ‘State & Municipal Facilities Grant’ through the ‘Downtown Revitalization Initiative’ – allowing the mural to either be reconstructed – or transformed into an alternative concept.
“The Sunburst Mural has been a part of our cityscape and our culture for decades and has served as a showcase for all to see,” said Mayor Palmieri. “It’s only fitting that the public will help select the artwork that will showcase Utica for decades to come.”
To find qualified artists, the city will be putting out a ‘Request for Qualifications’ this week, and those applicable will then be asked to design a proposal, with the top proposals then being made public for an open selection process to determine the final design.