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Posted on: November 18, 2021


Portal Project Graphic

The City of Taylor and the Taylor Arts Advisory Board (TAAB) invites local artists to submit an art proposal for the “Portal Project”, the elevated manhole covers on the hike and bike walk off Burkett Street, from 9th Street down to 4th Street. TAAB seeks to promote public art throughout the downtown district and promote the safe use of the hike and bike trail.  These pieces will be additions to the City of Taylor’s public art collection.

The artists are invited to explore their inner voice.  Each design will be completed “in the round” on an elevated manhole cover on the hike and bike trail. The artist’s proposal should include full color project design (request physical layout document from and labor timeline to completion. Upon selection, each artist will be assigned a designated “portal” (raised manhole) and allocated a timeframe for completion. Artwork can be completed as teamwork.

Artwork must be all ages appropriate and family friendly. The following must be avoided: Obscenities, inappropriate nudity, sex or innuendo, depictions of drug and alcohol abuse, horror, racism, degradation of individuals or groups, violence, desecration of cultural symbols, blasphemy, profanity, sexism, and gang related art.

The Taylor Arts Advisory Board/Portal Project Subcommittee will provide all exterior paint for painting of manhole cover. TAAB will prime surface before scheduled date and will coordinate with selected artist(s) to purchase supplies.

Proposals for the “Portal Project” should include one full color concept sketch (physical layout document available from or download below). Artists should include a statement appropriately explaining imagery use, meaning and inspirational sources, please include your name, address, email and phone number.

Click here to download Portal template

After review, a concept will be selected/approved by Portal Project subcommittee members.  The subcommittee may work with the artist(s) to finalize details of the concept.

Please submit digital proposals to:                                                        

c/o Melanie Shaw                                                            

dba Art Off Center                                                                 

116 W. 2nd St, Ste 108                                                           

Taylor, TX 76574                                                                    

Studio: 512-666-9003

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