12th Street Tunnel Artwork is leaving its mark

The temporary public artwork painted by the artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel, LC Studio Tutto, titled Contagious Color and located within the 12th Street Union Pacific Railroad Underpass will be painted over this April 2018. While the vibrant hand-brushed acrylic mural beautified the tunnel, the project has exceeded its planned lifespan and fallen into disrepair.

The City of Sacramento will temporarily paint and maintain this area in and around the 12th Street tunnel, making way for a new public art project to be commissioned.

Our goal with Contagious Color was to transform a neglected gateway into an optimistic and positive visual experience. We are happy to have recognized the potential of this space and look forward to seeing what is created next”, said Sofia and Hennessy, whose mural created a gateway to Sacramento.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places (APP) program is working with the City’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development and the Public Works Department to develop new public artwork that will be implemented in coordination with the North 12th Complete Street Project, a bikeway improvement project along the 12th Street corridor between H Street and the American River.

As part of the 12th Street public art plan, APP will be announcing a national call for artists this summer.  The goal of the project is to involve the community through ongoing neighborhood meetings and discussions. For more information about the upcoming call for artists, please contact Donald Gensler, Project Manager of Art in Public Places.

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