Blank walls could soon give way to public art downtown as part of a new initiative called BR Walls Project.
Entrepreneurs Casey Phillips and Kathryn Thorpe told the Downtown Development District Tuesday about the project, which aims to foster creativity and enhance the streetscape downtown with paintings applied directly to buildings or, in cases of historic buildings, on vinyl wrapped around them.
The group started a funding campaign on Kickstarter, a website that allows people to pitch ideas to the public and collect donations. It also created http://www.brwallsproject.com to solicit donations.
Phillips said a wall at the Buzz Café, the front of Harrington’s Café, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s and all four walls of the Mentorship Academy charter school are the first buildings to get murals.
He said the group, which has about 50 people, will solicit artists on March 23 and the group hopes to start work at the end of April.
In other business, Eric Ducote of the city-parish Department of Public Works said work will soon get underway on a $909,000 overhaul of the dock known as the paperclip dock.
That work will include painting, lighting and bringing the structure up to code in advance of the return of the riverboats, which will begin arriving again in April.