Open Call to Artists: Dumpster Murals

The Public Arts Commission seeks statements of qualifications from artists for the upcoming public art installation series, Dumpster Art. Public murals such as these are an affordable, tangible option for showcasing the unique character of the City, recognizing artists, fostering a sense of community pride, and creating inviting spaces.

Selected artists will contract directly with the City of Mount Dora to paint a mural on 1 or more trash compactor enclosures located on 4th and Alexander St., 5th and Baker St., 3rd and Donnelly St., and 4th and Dora Drawdy Way. Artists will be selected based on previous work and their concept or vision for an entire enclosure. Artists may work individually or in teams, and artists residing outside of Mount Dora and Lake County are welcome to apply. A $1400 commission will be awarded to each selected artist or team. Selected artists will be responsible for providing their own supplies and must be available to paint during normal business hours.

Questions, inquiries, and requests for additional information should be directed to publicarts@cityofmountdora.com. Do you know an artist who would be interested in applying? Help us spread the word by downloading and sharing a promotional flyer and FAQ sheet.

Download the contest rules and requirements to get started.

Application deadline – March 6, 2020, 5:00 p.m.


  1. Specifications
  2. Application Process
  3. Selection Process

The trash compactor enclosures are made of concrete block (concrete masonry unit), with a light stand stucco finish that is exceptionally suited for textured murals, and sealed and coated with primer paint. The enclosures are rectangular shaped with a longer back wall and shorter side walls. Artists are to paint the external/outside visible surface of the walls only, not the inside, concrete floor, front closure gates, safety posts, or actual dumpsters. Note that certain walls may be obscured or obstructed and therefore unavailable for painting.

There is no formal design theme. Designs may be representational or abstract. Artists are also encouraged to submit designs that promote interactive behaviors such as photo taking.

Designs should contribute to the visual quality of the surrounding streetscape. For example, consider using a limited palette of colors and simple graphic images to avoid visual clutter. Keep in mind how the mural will look in an urban landscape (e.g., in a parking lot) and from a distance.

Designs may not include a logo, trade name, or copyrighted or trademarked image and must be an original design created by the artist or team of artists submitting. Images that convey messages appearing to advertise or promote a private entity (corporation, neighborhood business, chamber of commerce, or other community organization) will not be accepted. If artwork includes photography of partially or entirely recognizable people, the artist must provide the City with release statements from all parties.

Artists should bear in mind that the audiences will be broad-based and of all ages. Designs must be suitable for the entire community to view. Designs shall not depict religious or partisan themes, inappropriate imagery (profanity, nudity, violence, illegal activity, etc.), nor constitute defamation, nor include any hidden, subliminal, or camouflaged messages of any kind.

See below for sample trash compactor enclosure photos and specifications. Download photos and specifications for all 4 enclosures.

Trash compactor enclosure on 3rd and DonnellyTrash compactor enclosure on 5th and Baker

Trash compactor enclosure template for 5th and Baker