Most of us just walk past an abandoned store, with its dark windows and lifeless appearance. But a window filled with a colorful, interactive display captures our attention, makes us stop for a few minutes and watch.
Seeking a new look for downtown neighborhood City Center, River City Company is accepting proposals from local artists, makers, technologists and creative thinkers to commission and install an interactive display for 30-40 empty storefront windows.
The project, Open Spaces, is designed to “positively change the experience of the district, improve the public realm, engage the passerby and promote walkability”, according to River City.
Displays will cover three city blocks from 6th St. to 8th St. and Broad St. to Market St. Organizers are looking for proposals that are innovative and engaging. River City Company will provide each individual or group with a budget for tech, media, engineering, maker and display art windows.
Proposals are due by July 2. Those accepted will be announced at the end of July. River City will host an event in October to debut the window displays.
In addition to the new displays, a bridge connecting the Southside and Riverfront will be built for people to move about the area.
For more information about the project, including rules and submission procedures, visit openspaceschattanooga.com