WL gains two new art projects

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two art projects are coming to West Lafayette. One is temporary to beautify a blighted space, and the other officials hope will become a city staple.

The Board of Works approved two agreements with artists to paint art projects within the city. The first will be painted on the vacant building at Northwestern Avenue and State Street as the city waits for the development plans of the building.

The "Tiny Places" project will put hands around the village and levee area in West Lafayette. (WLFI Photo)
The “Tiny Places” project will put hands around the village and levee area in West Lafayette. (WLFI Photo)

Alexandria Monik is contracted to do the project. In a proposal, Monik wrote the design will have a comic book look and will tell the story about the benefits about letting good people into your life.

The other is art project is called “Tiny Places.” It will complement the project in Lafayette called “Small Spaces.”

Republican Mayor John Dennis said art is taking a new form in the city.

“The old standard was, we would hire an artist and put some phenomenal structure — either a sculpture or a painting or something — in a public space, and we would celebrate that,” Dennis said. “We’ve modified our approach to that to use existing structures, existing buildings.”

The “Tiny Places” project will put hands around the Village and Levee area. Aaron Baumgarner is commissioned to paint it. In a project proposal, Baumgarner said the hands will look like they are interacting with the environment.

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