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The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program is soliciting qualifications from artists who specialize in producing large-scale murals to beautify sections of the Downtown Toledo tunnel system. Art in Public Places will select up to two artists to paint murals within the tunnels to create an engaging experience for pedestrians walking to and from the Vistula Parking Garage into One Seagate and to and from the lower entrance of the Imagination Station.


The project is open to all artists in the continental United States, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.


There are two phases to this project. Phase 1 is fully funded and will proceed according to the attached schedule. Phase 2 will be fully funded in 2021.


Phase 1 involves the concourse that connects the Vistula Parking Garage and One Seagate. This concourse is the main entrance to the tunnel system from the Vistula Garage and is used by visitors to One Seagate, The Renaissance Hotel, Imagination Station, The Collaborative Inc., The Toledo Design Collective and more. A few of these businesses have recently relocated to downtown as part of the reinvigoration of the Downtown Toledo. The tunnel is a “first impression” for many visitors to Toledo. The large, two-story sculpture, City Candy, is also located to the entrance of the tunnel system and acts as a landmark to the site.

  • Approximate dimensions for each wall: L: 116’ H: 8’2”-9’4”
  • Approximate surface area for both walls: 2,049 Sq. Feet.


The City of Toledo One Percent for Art budget for Phase 1 is $25,000. The budget includes all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: travel, materials, documentation, transportation and installation of the work.


  • March 17, 2020: RFQ Direct Call Launched
  • April 17, 2020: Deadline for Submission of Qualifications
  • April 23, 2020: Start RFQ Review
  • April 29, 2020: Finalists Notified