Art Banner Design Contest
ABOUT THE ART BANNER DESIGN CONTEST
The City of Durham is seeking design proposals for large scale, artful banners to be displayed on the southern façade of the new Downtown Mixed-Use Parking Garage.The Durham Public Art Committee Juror Panel has selected five finalists from over thirty talented submissions to the Art Banner Design Contest. We now need your help to select the winning design! Please view the Finalists' designs below and then vote on which design you wish to see displayed along the upcoming parking garage. The winning design will be professionally printed on eight (8) separate fabric banners that will be installed along the exterior south façade of the parking garage. The banner composition will adorn the southern façade of the garage structure, which creates the public face looking north from downtown.
Click here to vote for your favorite design. Please limit one vote per person. Voting closes July 27, 2018 11:59 PM EST.
Downtown Durham is a place to experience things. You park your car and walk down the street towards your favorite shop, or that new lunch place that just opened, or a small cozy bar for a date after a long week. I created the design to represent some of the things that downtown Durham has to offer. The images are meant to inspire the visitors and the locals to explore and experience the city. Difference colors and patterns come together to form an indentity, a sense of place that combines rich culture and a fresh perspective. I took my inspiration for the color scheme from the historic buildings in the downtown area and elements that are strongly associated with the city, such as dark blue for the Duke University.
The images work as a series, each one illustrates an activity. First one is titled “Learn” and is inspired by the close proximity of Duke’s campus and its student population. Second one is “Taste” – a humble nod to all the wonderful restaraunts. Third is “Create” – a celebration of Durham’s rich artist community. Fourth is “Dance” – whether in a club or in a park, Durhamites know how to party. Fifth one is titled “Connect”, and is perhaps the most important one, because relationships are the salt and sugar of life. The sixth is “Play” – a hopeful message to keep children safe and let them play, and to keep playing ourselves, be silly, have fun. The seventh panel is “Music” for it connects us all, and experience it can be both intimate and empowering. And finally, “Work” is a simple scene that reminds us that as a society moves forward we must be prepared to embrace the change and keep up the work of bettering our world through ideas and connections.
As rapid development and change continues toreshape the character of Durham it becomes imperative to define a set of ideas,defined by the visual landscape, that reflect values which facilitateinclusivity, diversity, and cohesion within both the microcosm of Durham andalso in a national and global context. This proposal for eight murals attemptsto reflect this imperative both formally and conceptually. The design consistsof a pattern of interlocking hands and arms of varying colors that seek todefine a space of open cooperation and communication between individuals ofdifferent values, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and genderidentities. Each hand transitions in to the hand of another, alluding to aquality of common humanity. The matrix of interlocking arms emanating from theground and ascending towards the sky gradates through a range of colors overthe course of the eight murals and defines a textile-like network, whichdespite the fragmentation of the composition by the separation of the murals,is evident at a distance. There is a sense that the pattern might extendindefinitely in to space as opposed to autonomously within the framework of thearchitecture - thus defining a symbolic gesture towards the possibility of auniversal fabric. Locally, within the frame of each individual mural, a set oflarge scale arms and hands extend vertically. The central set of hands, almosttransparent, symbolize those individuals whose voices have been marginalized,and define an imperative for their inclusion in this textile of connectivity.
Welcome. Beinvenido, Namasta, Huanying, Marhaba to the city of Durham! This vibrant, bold, and colorful set of banners is meant to attract passerby with diverse, unifying message with a touch of Durham’s charm and its popular landmarks. Durham is developing in many fields of art, design, technology, innovation, sustainability, education, and this piece represents the limitless opportunities that this city offers as well as the diverse range of people living and working there. I have spent my childhood years in UAE, my teen years in Canada, and currently reside in RTP as an NC State College of Design (graphic design) Alumni. I believe that diversity is what makes this area rich and interesting. Having grown up in various cultures, I strive to show the strength in diversity and unity through my designs.
Jessica Sandford (in collaboration with Nancy Cash, Saurda Zahra, Veronica Hicks, and Annette Bailey)
When researching for design ideas, I was first interested in exploring the history of neighborhood that this new structure would be built on and near. With so many new buildings being erected in Durham at a mind-numbing pace, I felt it important to take stock of what has been and where we began as a city. This lead me to discover that this particular neighborhood played an important role the history of textile manufacturing. I began to look around and see if I could find remnants of this in our present day city and I was led to the African American Quilt Circle of Durham (AAQCD). I approached this group and they graciously agreed to collaborate with me to present their designs for this project.
While decidedly contemporary and modern in creation, these artists are using traditional materials and techniques to carry across their ideas. Many of the designs tell a narrative, either in composition or materials. The participants of this group are extremely active in their community, teaching and sharing their craft, keeping the quilting tradition very much alive and active in present day Durham. The AAQCD exhibits at the Hayti Heritage Center of Durham every 18 months.
As a ceramic artist and digital designer, I have a strong affinity for artists who are deeply rooted in traditional craft, especially those that maintain artistically contemporary sensibilities. I also know that crafts are rarely seen on the big screen and with the public eye that “fine arts” often are. Our work made is to be used and kept within the intimate confines of our home lives, and we often like it that way. However, I wanted to facilitate a moment where these artist’s work would find a comfort of home hanging big and bright in the city as it grows.
"A child stands leading the charging herd towards a future of equality and diversity, while paying homage to the rich history of minority entrepreneurialism in Durham. Born and raised in Durham, I grew up witnessing the power the citizens of this city possess to alter their environments for positive change. This piece is a tribute to those citizens, past and present, who make sacrifices everyday for the greater good. A greater Durham."