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Fort Myers CRA seek visionaries to marry innovation and art to create Fort Myers’ Innovation Walk

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites creative minds from across the globe – visionaries, innovators, creators and futurists – to propose design concepts for engaging, transformational art installations to be built along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers.

The goal of Innovation Walk is to marry innovation with art, transforming and populating a meandering, mile-long waterfront park pathway with enduring installations and experiences that intrigue curiosity and celebrate human innovation. In its call for creators, the CRA seeks talented innovators, designers and creators to develop meaningful, durable and engaging installations that provide the pedestrian viewers with experiences stimulating critical contemplation, curiosity and hope.

“Innovation Walk, powered by the Edison Awards, builds upon the legacy of innovation in Lee County by building an enduring hardscape that will consist of three to five installations honoring multi-generational innovation icons,” said Michele Hylton-Terry, executive director for the Fort Myers CRA. “With that goal, we seek proposals that embody the spirit of innovation, resonate with the history and culture of Fort Myers, and lay down a path of insight, inspiration, discovery and possibility for generations to come.”

The project requirements focus on the previous work of the artists, their concepts, visual representations, construction plans, budget and timeline considerations. Given Southwest Florida’s extreme weather considerations, designs must be robust and capable of withstanding harsh conditions.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to innovationwalk@cityftmyers.com by May 2, 2024. Commissions will be awarded in May 2024 and the project must be designed, produced and installed within eight months of the award. The goal for full completion of the project is January 2025.

Contact innovationwalk@cityftmyers.com for more information.

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