A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk
Installation begins April 2013, Opens July 2013, on-display thru Sept. 2014 • Over 500 feet of sidewalk around Key Hwy & AVAM
Announcing a "A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk" – a free, outdoor art celebration, in conjunction with Maryland's "Star Spangled 200" War of 1812 Bicentennial, to be created upon the public pavement running alongside AVAM's historic Federal Hill location at 800 Key Highway. "A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk" will depict our nation’s beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience. Beginning in April 2013, 520 linear feet of sidewalk along Key Highway–surrounding AVAM’s Inner Harbor campus–will be transformed into a visually creative interpretation, line by line, of our National Anthem, and will be applied with the use of environmentally safe pigments and sealant. “A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk” is scheduled to open to the public in July 2013, and once completed, will remain on display until September 2014 as enticement for families and passersby to literally “stand and take part” in Maryland’s shining history. This history-linked creative project compliments AVAM’s current thematic exhibition, THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth, as the element of Francis Scott Key’s eyewitness, “bombs bursting in air”, account of the British attack on Fort McHenry in 1814, perfectly expresses the exhibition’s theme of personal testimony. The project is made possible by a grant from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
CALL FOR IDEAS: Visualizing The Star-Spangled Banner
AVAM is making a call to all artists, historians, and the general public to submit their visual interpretations of the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner for possible inclusion in the design of its upcoming “A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk” project. The overall design and theme of the giant public sidewalk art project will be decided by the project managers and lead project artist. AVAM encourages its members, neighbors, and the public to help us generate some visually rich, creative ideas on how to best illustrate our National Anthem, especially concepts that might lend themselves to 3-D interpretation (see lyrics below).

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS: please type a description–400 words or less, or create a sketch (pdf, jpg, or 8.5”x11” paper), and email to abby@avam.org or mail to American Visionary Art Museum, Attn: Sidewalk Ideas, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013. Submissions will be presented to project leaders to be used for inspiration and possible inclusion in the overall design. AVAM makes no guarantees that individual submissions will be accepted or included, and there are no prizes or awards given in exchange for submissions. Sketches and descriptions cannot be returned. This is not a call for submissions to the Museum, the AVAM collection, or possible future exhibitions.
Above is an example of a concept drawing for "A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk" by lead project artist Lee Wheeler.

This  project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality  of the State of Maryland.  However, the  contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War or 1812 Bicenntennial Commission.

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