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City Issues Call to Artists for Murray Morgan Bridge Mural

The City of Tacoma invites artists and/or artist teams who reside in Washington state’s Pierce, Kitsap or Thurston Counties to submit qualifications for a $10,000 commission to paint a site-responsive mural that reflects the history and/or architecture of the bridge and/or area on the concrete wall of the stormwater collection system underneath the western side of Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge. The application deadline is midnight on March 14, 2014.

The Murray Morgan Bridge, also known as the 11th Street Bridge, is a vertical lift bridge that connects downtown Tacoma with the Tideflats and spans the Thea Foss Waterway. Designed in 1911 by bridge engineering firm Waddell & Harrington, the bridge originally opened on Feb. 15, 1913. In 1982, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, it closed to traffic due to safety concerns and general wear and tear over its nearly 100-year lifespan. The City commenced a $57 million rehabilitation of the bridge and on Feb. 15, 2013, the 100 year anniversary of the bridge’s original opening, the Murray Morgan Bridge was rededicated.

For a complete prospectus, go to cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.  


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