And the winner is….

After more than 300 ballots received online and in-person including 100 from the art students at Hardy Elementary, we are thrilled to reveal the winning design for the new Crutchfield Street Mural!

This gorgeous sunburst scene will be painted on the street in front of the new Save-A-Lot this spring and we can’t wait to celebrate all the brighter days it represents. Big thanks to Kevin Bate for this design and Tu$on for his assistance in making this idea a reality.

Save the date on Saturday and Sunday, April 24th and 25th, for the next milestone in this amazing community collaboration as we get together on installation day with artists and residents to bring this mural to life using art to improve connections within the Glass Street Pedestrian Gateway.

In 2020, the Chattanooga Department of Transportation partnered up with GHC and applied for an Asphalt Art Initiative grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. We were selected and awarded a $25,000 Bloomberg grant that goes toward our Gateway improvements.

“GHC has been exploring how art can alter behavior and perceptions, and improve connections in the Glass Street Gateway area,” said Teal Thibaud, Director of Glass House Collective. “This (mural) grant will advance long-term goals related to street safety, enhanced public spaces, and resident participation. We appreciate all of our residents’ involvement in the process and are excited to see the community-driven plans come to life with this grant,” Teal told The Pulse.

Of course, we can achieve nothing without the shared vision of our neighbors and the commitment and cooperation of our partners like CDOT. “We can really think about public art having the power to shape how we experience our cities. The art can draw visitors in and it can enhance our resident’s quality of life. When we combine our public art projects with our efforts to strengthen our city infrastructure, it can help create safer, more vibrant streets for everybody,” Cate Irvin, with CDOT told WDEF TV. 

Thank you to everyone who voted and all of our business partners on Glass Street who helped distribute surveys and host ballot boxes in their spaces. 

If you voted for your favorite design and also signed up to help paint it, thank you! You will be hearing from us very soon. We will be operating in shifts that entire weekend to keep everyone socially distant, safe, and having a great time. Anyone who signed up from #37406 will be able to claim their time slots first so look out for that email from GHC! 

Shoutouts to: Bloomberg Foundation, Chattanooga Design Studio, CDOT, Save-A-Lot, MNB Nails, H&R Block, B.I.G Build It Green, All Good Coffee and Books, Sarah Cross, and the Hardy Elementary Art students, and GHC Advisory Council members for helping spread the word and your continued energy and support of our shared vision and values.

Learn more and check out the media coverage!

The PULSE:  Chattanooga Awarded Grant To Enhance Neighborhood Streets

WDEF-TV, CBS:  CDOT + GHC Awarded Grant For Street Mural

WRCB-TV, NBC:  GHC Receives $25,000 Grant For Mural