Newest large-scale artwork to brighten up downtown harbor

New, large-scale artwork will brighten up the entrance to the City of Alpena’s Small Boat Harbor.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be seeking artists to paint their creations on the front and back of four large signboards that will be installed in the grassy area between the sidewalk and the road along Harbor Drive, in front of the marina entrance.

The project, which was approved by city council this week, is part of the DDA’s Fresh Waves program, which has been used to paint murals on the side of several downtown buildings.

The DDA is currently accepting applications from interested artists. It hopes to attract local artists who may not have experience painting murals but can paint a 4-foot by 8-foot signboard.

The boards are expected to be installed in early to mid-July with a goal to have artists paint them during the week of the Michigan Brown Trout Festival.

The DDA is responsible for the long-term maintenance of the signboards. DDA executive director Anne Gentry said the boards could be repainted in the future as paintings begin to fade due to the elements.