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Submit Your Custom Design for Myrtle Avenue Tree Guards

By Alexandra Leon | November 27, 2015 2:57pm | Updated on November 30, 2015 8:18am
 A custom-designed tree guard on Myrtle Avenue.
A custom-designed tree guard on Myrtle Avenue.
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Myrtle Avenue Business Partnership

FORT GREENE — The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is asking both amateur and professional artists to submit their designs for new tree guards, using the life or work of a Clinton Hill or Fort Greene artist as inspiration.

The tree guards, along with new benches, will be installed in spring 2016 along Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place, north of the Myrtle Pedestrian Plaza.

Designs can be literal or abstract and can feature the work of any local artist, living or dead.

Some local artists include:

  • Emilio Cruz  
  • Henry Miller  
  • Little Anthony  
  • Patti Smith  
  • Richard Wright  
  • Robert Mapplethorpe  
  • Slide Hampton  
  • Spike Lee  
  • Walt Whitman  
  • Wesley Fagan 
  • William Gedney  
  • Digable Planets

More than 80 tree guards and benches along Myrtle Avenue already feature custom designs by local artists, from pre-schoolers to professionals.

Create your design by using this Adobe Illustrator file as a template. Just make sure it follows this list of design guidelines.  

If you’re not familiar with Illustrator, you can still submit your design in a different format. If it’s a winning idea, the partnership will work with a professional designer to translate your work into the right format.

Submissions will be reviewed by the partnership’s Public Art and Design Committee. The winning designs will be laser cut into the four panels that make up an individual tree guard.

The committee will select up to 10 designs. If your work is selected, you’ll receive a $50 stipend.

All entries must include a Microsoft Word or PDF document containing your contact information (name, address, phone number and email address) and description of 200 words or less on the artist who inspired the design.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Jan. 5. For more information, call (718) 230-1689, Ext. 6, or email hello@myrtleavenue.org.