Mural at the Solid Waste Management Department
The Cultural and Public Art Program, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management Department, will hire a local or regional artist to create an interior mural at the Solid Waste Management Facility, as part of a Capital Improvement Project renovating the City's Truck Wash Annex. The new interior mural will contribute to a welcoming space for Solid Waste Management staff to clock-in, gather, and prepare for the beginning of their shifts. The City will commission a local or regional artist to fabricate an interior mural with input from employees who actively use the building. The new mural will be installed along the corridor located near the building entrance and leading to the staff locker room and parking lot. To reflect the mission of the Solid Waste Management Department, the design of the mural may utilize themes of environmentalism, sustainability, and waste reduction--based on staff feedback and recommendations.
Solid Waste Management Annex Project
Originally built in 1960, the building is used as an office and break area by the collections staff and also houses the truck washing accessory equipment. The renovation project includes exterior envelope repairs, replacement windows, interior demolition, new interior finishes, site improvements, a new roofing system, and replacement of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The exterior truck wash station on the site is replaced with a new truck wash addition and associated equipment.
Proposed Project Timeline*
December 9 – December 28: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry promotion and informing the artist community
Sunday, January 10 at 11:59 EST: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry Deadline for the Solid Waste Management Building Mural.
January 11 – January 29: Artist Selection Panel meetings
Late March: City to notify artist(s) of decision
March - April: Design Development and Staff Engagement
late April: Final Designs deadline
May: Final Designs shared with Staff at Solid Waste and City Staff for approvals
Late May: Fabrications & Installation (Installation based on staff availability; weekends only)
* The project timeline is subject to change.
Department of Solid Waste Management
1833 Camden Ave, Durham, NC 27704
Artist Selection Process
The City of Durham's Cultural and Public Art Program will utilize the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry to commission a local or regional artist to lead this project and design a mural for employees to enjoy. From the pool of applicants, an artist selection panel will review the artists’ applications and determine the selected artist(s).
The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry serves as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Candidates must either identify as or partner with a professional artist, designer, or fabricator, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 and older. The City encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. All applications must be in digital format and include an artist statement, photos of previous work, a personal resume(s), and references.
Full submission guidelines, project details, and submission portal are available here.
The total maximum budget for this project is $9,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site.
For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here:
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245