Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
The Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) is calling all professional, practicing artists! With the ongoing expansions that are a part of the Terminal Renovation and Expansion Project, the airport is now accepting proposals for wall-based art for two large areas currently under construction.
According to a release, the Call for Wall Art will generate creative, entertaining, and locally inspired wall-based design ideas from professional artists that will be narrowed down by a shortlist committee and then selected and commissioned by the airport. It is also the inaugural program of the airport’s new “Arts at MLB," a program created to highlight the impactful arts community to passengers through displays, entertainment, and educational opportunities in the terminal.
Artists in Brevard and Indian River counties will be in favor during the evaluation process. Proposals can be submitted for two areas, one on the exterior of the new Welcome Center; the other on a two-story interior wall that leads up to the new departure lounge from the security checkpoint.
“The Terminal Renovation & Expansion Project has inspired Team MLB to develop our new Arts at MLB program where we plan to showcase the incredible culture and charisma of Melbourne and the Space Coast,” said Greg Donovan, Executive Director of the airport. “This call for art is just the start of the new program, and we look forward to seeing the ideas and visions artists have that will incorporate our community’s coastal casual environment in the new terminal for all passengers and visitors to enjoy.”
With 86,000 square feet of new facilities under construction at the terminal, this request for proposals is the airport's initiative to highlight its local surroundings with fresh, creative, and entertaining wall-based artwork to be displayed in the new arrival and departure areas of the terminal.
The Terminal Project will improve the travel experience for all Melbourne Orlando International Airport customers and accommodate the anticipated influx of 150,000 international visitors from TUI, the world’s largest travel group, starting in March 2022. The project will also benefit passengers flying on existing carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Elite Airways, and MLB’s newest carrier Allegiant starting service from Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Concord this November.
To learn more, artists can click here to download the Call for Wall Art.