Artists sought for ‘Creative Crossings’ contest
By Willis Jacobson, Lompoc Record, April 02, 2015 12:00 am A local organization has put out a call for artists to help liven up a downtown Lompoc intersection. The Healthy Lompoc Coalition, in collaboration with the city of Lompoc, the Lompoc Valley Arts Council and the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, is inviting local artists to submit original artwork that can be designed into the crosswalks at the intersection of South H Street and Cypress Avenue as part of a “Creative Crossings” program. The deadline for artists to submit samples is April 15. “Creative Crossings” is a competition that will result in the first artistic crosswalk to be installed in Lompoc. The artist of each winning entry will receive a prize of $500 per crosswalk leg — there are four legs total — and each artist may submit up to four designs. The project’s goal, according to organizers, is to enhance the pedestrian experience and enhance the public art experience in Lompoc. Creative crosswalks utilize the asphalt bordered by white lines as the canvas for street art. Examples of successful designs in other communities include a piano keyboard, zippers and a hopscotch game. To be eligible, each artist must live in the Lompoc Valley and be at least 14 years old. Designs should be original artwork and should be limited to the safety colors of yellow and white with black asphalt as the “canvas.” Preference will be given to designs that reflect Lompoc-focused content, but all entries are welcome. The new crosswalk compositions will be compliant with traffic and safety regulations. A design may be for a single crossing, four different designs or one design that encompasses all four legs of the crosswalk. For complete details and an application, visit the Anderson Recreation Center at 125 W. Walnut Ave., or view online at www.healthylompoc.org/creativecrosswalk. The program is being funded by a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation.