SOURCE: Rainbow Honor Walk

Rainbow Honor Walk

May 22, 2012 14:49 ET

International Design Competition San Francisco's Rainbow Honor Walk Contest Extended Through July 15

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - What should be the design of a globally important public art installation to LGBT heroes and heroines? That question is about to be answered by an international competition to create an iconic design for the plaques of the Rainbow Honor Walk (, a tribute to historic LGBT figures in San Francisco's Castro district. Last year, the first 20 names for The Rainbow Honor Walk were announced. The contest, originally slated to closed May 1, has been extended to July 15. The goal: to solicit design proposals from around the world. Four finalists will be selected, judged by a jury comprised of curators from San Francisco's leading cultural institutions plus LGBT community leaders and a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Civic Design Committee. The four finalists will be presented to the Rainbow Honor Walk board that will select the winner. The designer of the winning submission will receive an honorarium of $1000. There is no fee for submission.

"This is a project of worldwide significance, and deserves a world class design," said Rainbow Honor Walk Co-Founder and Chair David Perry. "The design of the plaques for the Rainbow Honor Walk needs to be beautiful, memorable, durable and unique."

Envisioning the Rainbow Honor Walk, a volunteer committee of community leaders received the unanimous support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Eventually, the Walk will stretch from the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th Street at Diamond down to Castro. On Castro Street -- the LGBT community's "Main Street" -- the walk will continue up to Market Street with additional wings along 18th Street. On Market Street, San Francisco's main thoroughfare, the Walk will continue to the LGBT Center at Octavia Boulevard.

"The Rainbow Honor Walk will not only be an inspiring educational tool for future generations, but an important, ongoing and permanent part of San Francisco's cultural landscape," said Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission. "We are honored and pleased to support this project, and look forward to assisting in any way we can."

After the design is selected by the Rainbow Honor Walk board, it will then be presented for approval by the San Francisco Arts Commission in accordance with San Francisco's Charter which requires all structures placed on public property to be approved by the Arts Commission. When that has been completed and the funds have been raised, the plaques will be fabricated and installed in the sidewalks.

Design parameters can be found online at

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