Client: Downtown Lexington Management District
Location: Lexington, KY, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $27,240
Patrick Joel Martin
The project, sponsored by the Downtown Lexington Management District, aimed to bring beauty and light to a pedestrian and traffic heavy part of downtown that has been vacant for some time. Not only does the project create added beauty, but it calls new attention to the office space available for rent and highlights a local business, in this case a dress shop.
The goal of the commission was to show the viability and affordability of large scale dye-sublimation prints on aluminum. Creating artwork at this size in traditional mediums would price many organizations out of public art projects. By creating small scale work which can then be reproduce at larger sizes with gallery quality materials, this project is a template for affordable high quality public art.
Following a proposal to the Downtown Lexington Management District artist Marjorie Guyon and project manager Patrick Joel Martin looked to establish themes and ideas to create a cohesive look to the installation. Through multiple site visits and conversations with DLMD board members, the pieces were chosen. When the artist created the concept, the presence of human form felt necessary. We worked with Bella Rose, a local dress shop, known for the designers they carry. The beautifully clothed mannequins are a perfect complement to the artwork.
In short, the goal of the DLMD is to foster a downtown renaissance, a revitalization of the heart of our city that will benefit not just property owners and businesses but the city at large and beyond.The aim of this project is to shift the spirit of a place by re-framing unused space as infinite possibility, supporting local business and sweeping away the shadows – bringing unexpected beauty to the darkness.