This call for art is Phase 2 of completing the Meadowlark Mural in Newton, KS. The Meadowlark mural is a metal, public art collection installed on the reverse side of the Newton Historical Mural, which is located in the North parking lot of the Old Mill Plaza at 301 N. Main St. in Newton, KS.
Phase 2 of the installation will include a border of papel picado artistic designs submitted by local Middle and High School students and judged by a group of volunteer artists.
Papel picado is an iconic symbol of Mexican folk art and culture. It reflects the creativity, craftsmanship, and artistic expression deeply ingrained in Mexican traditions. The vibrant colors and intricate designs of papel picado are recognizable worldwide and are often associated with the spirit of Mexico's festive celebrations.
Your design (if chosen) will be used to create a final piece of artwork that is 3' tall and 4' wide cut not of paper, but of rustic sheet metal. These larger-than-life sized panels will be installed as a border around the Meadowlark Mural, which is a diverse group of characters representing Kansas, also cut from sheet metal, and permanently installed on the reverse side of the Newton Historical Mural in Newton, KS. The papel picado artworks will be visible to locals enjoying Railroad Park as well as travelers who come through on passenger trains from around the world.