By Raetta Holdman

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver is planning a facelift for the 16th Street Mall and that means it is looking for artists to create original art.

The city requires 1% of all public improvement budgets to go to public arts. Now Denver Public Art wants artists to submit their proposals for the diverse communities that used the Mall.

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It’s 1.25 miles through the heart of downtown Denver. The panel, which will pick the artwork, wants three-dimensional pieces that will be “beacons or gateways to the City of Denver and will draw visitors to the Mall using tactile, light and/or sound components.”

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The hope is the artwork will have space-conserving strategies while by using vertical and overhead components. The budget is $700,000.

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The city approved the plan to renovate the mall in March after it has gone nearly 40 years without any major upgrades.

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The mall is home to more than 300 businesses. The improvements include moving bus lanes to make the mall more pedestrian-friendly while also improving the lighting.

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The deadline for applications is October 18.

Raetta Holdman