Local artist Miggs Burroughs has been enlisted to create artwork to decorate the pedestrian tunnel that connects Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza.
A lifelong Westporter, Burroughs has agreed to donate his work to the project, a collaboration of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and the company that owns the passageway, Winwest 3351 Main Street LLC/Win Properties Inc., the merchants group has announced.
The merchants association said it had approached Win Properties with the idea nearly a year ago, according to a press release, and the two parties have been working to make the public-art installation -- dubbed Tunnel Vision -- happen.
Win and the merchants will share project costs, which include clean-up, prepping walls, painting and new lighting. Two Westport-based businesses also be involved with the project, general contractor Scott Rochlin and architect Rick Hoag., the merchants group said.
"Tunnel Vision is one of the most ambitious and challenging art projects I have ever been involved in," Burroughs said in the news release. "It is an honor and privilege to be asked to transform this unique Westport space from a practical passageway into a highly immersive and memorable experience for tunnel-goers of all ages and persuasions."
"Tunnel Vision" will be a permanent display, the merchants said, and is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled at the group's annual Art About Town opening-night street party on May 22.
During Art About Town, stores and restaurants will exhibit hundreds of original works of art that will be on display and for sale until June 15.