Bloomington: Duke Energy to Present Check to City for Installation of Public Mural at Substation

~ The City of Bloomington and Duke Energy Foundation have announced the first substation mural design and check presentation ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, November 30 at 11 a.m. The mural concept was designed by four local artists, Eric Agyemang-Dua Jr., Eva Allen, Su A Chae, Caitlyn Clark, who were selected by a group of local stakeholders including artists, arts administrators, Maple Heights and Crestmont residents, and members of the Bloomington Arts Commission.

Mayor John Hamilton expressed his excitement for the project. "I'm thrilled to see this design by four local artists that reflects the spirit and the vision of the local community," he said. "The mural will be a meaningful and dynamic addition to the neighborhood and to all who pass by."

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Liz Irwin, Government and Community Relations Manager at Duke Energy also commented on the project. "Duke Energy is pleased to provide a platform to bring these artists' visions to life, while adding to the beautification of the city of Bloomington," she said. "We hope these creative murals will be enjoyed by the community and visitors for years to come."

The themes for the mural were derived from community-based workshops and online surveys with topics such as indigenous nature and wildlife, sustainability, diversity of personhood, and a sense of belonging in Bloomington. To support this project Duke Energy Foundation has contributed $25,000 toward artist honoraria, mural materials and supplies, as well as ongoing maintenance costs which will be presented at 11 a.m on Thursday November 30th at the substation site.

The final mural design will be painted in Spring 2024 with an opportunity for all Bloomington residents to help paint it during a "community painting day".

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