FEATURED PROFESSIONAL CHALK ARTIST 2012
Visit Bend doesn’t mind if people color on the walls at the Bend Visitor Center. In fact, we’re willing to pay for it.
In September 2011, Visit Bend kicked off the Pillars of Art program. Pillars of Art is designed to introduce tourists to Bend’s unique arts and culture scene, and to support emerging local artists. The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission (ABC Commission) honored the Pillars of Art program in 2012 by giving the Bend Visitor Center the ABC Award that honors individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions to the
celebration, promotion, beautification or preservation of the City's arts, culture, natural environment or public spaces.
On a rotating basis, Visit Bend will choose one local artist to create unique chalk drawings on two large, cement pillars in the lobby of the Bend Visitor Center.
"With thousands of tourists stopping by the visitor center regularly, the Pillars of Art program ensures great exposure for the artists and a terrific chance for tourists to see truly unique artwork."
A.R.T. PROJECT ARTIST
GALLATIN ART CROSSING
The goal of the A.R.T. project is to add vibrant public art to the streetscape and decrease the instances of graffiti, poster and sticker vandalism on traffic control boxes.
Once applied with art, rather than attracting vandalism the boxes will be functional pieces of public art that contribute significantly to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape.