Project to transform 2 Detroit railroad viaducts

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DETROIT (AP) - Proposals for a project to transform the undersides of two railroad viaducts in Detroit have been submitted from as far afield as Europe and Asia, as well as North America, organizers said.

Proposals accepted by the Midtown Viaducts Public Art and Light Project will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. The project is organized by Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit planning and development organization that works in the area. The application deadline is April 30.

“These once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district,” organizers said in a statement. “This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life - making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.”

Originally constructed in 1934, the Second Avenue and Cass Avenue viaducts are near what’s now called TechTown, a research and technology center involving Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Health System.

Organizers want plans from artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams from eight southeastern Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. Proposals from outside the area must include certain local involvement.

Winning proposals will be selected by a panel of Detroit-based curators and arts professionals. Details and application information are posted online.

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Online:

http://www.midtownviaducts.com

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