project overview

South City Public Art Project

Artist: Terry Lynn

Total budget: $200,000 (includes honoraria for selected artists to develop site-specific proposals)

Most recent benchmark/update: Lynn has been commissioned by the City of Memphis and UAC to lead this project.

Upcoming benchmark/update: Lynn is working on engagement efforts to better refine his concept for schematic design approval for the Artist Selection and Public Art Oversight Committees.

Next committee meeting date: TBD

project description

UAC is partnering with the City of Memphis to produce a series of public art projects within the South City footprint. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will: 

●      Explore ideas of neighborhood identity and resident connection in a period of change

●      Reflect the history of the South City neighborhood and its connection to the Memphis Heritage Trail

●      Create a landmark for the neighborhood

●      Engage South City residents in the design, and possibly installation, processes

●      Be durable, resistant to vandalism 

The commissioned artist team will be selected based on the above eligibility requirements including previous experience with the design of public art projects and the participation of an artist of color in the lead design team. The finished project must require little to no regular maintenance. Final artwork should complement the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site. The artists selected shall be expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, landscape architects, and any necessary party for the successful installation of the project, including the community. NOTE: Commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art. 

selection committee

Mairi Albertson, City of Memphis Housing and Community Development; LaTonya Taylor, South City resident; Eva Mosby, Urban Strategies; Mike Shaw, Advance Memphis; Yancy Villa-Calvo, Memphis-based artist; Kong Wee Pang, Memphis-based artist; LarJuanette Williams, Memphis Black Arts Alliance; Emily Bernstein, McCormack Baron; Elizabeth Thompson Bringle, City of Memphis Engineering Division (non-voting)