Fences may not come to mind when you think of public art.
But a pair of proposals to give face-lifts to the railings of two of Macons more visible bridges are among half a dozen ideas for enhancing the College Hill Corridor.
One idea would outfit the chain-link fence on both sides of the Montpelier Avenue bridge over Interstate 75 with ornamental aluminum silhouettes.
In his proposal, sculptor James Bodell said the metalwork would create an eye-catching gateway to College Hill and Mercer University. The art would include silhouettes of dancers, instruments and other figures depicting activities associated with Macon and Mercer.
Another proposed bridge-fence fix-up is for the College Street railroad overpass, a block or so northeast of Tattnall Square Park.
Metal artist Scott Tisdale wants to erect a safe and interesting sidewalk-lining wall of weathering steel to replace the unsightly railing there now.
Other public-art proposals include: a series of outdoor exhibitions for Tattnall Square Park; a Macon-themed mural on Forsyth Street; a scaled solar system spread out for nearly a mile in the corridor; and a new tile-and-concrete entrance to Tylers Place Dog Park.
Funding for one or more of the projects, if approved, will come from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge. Winners will be announced in mid-March.
Public input is being sought through noon Friday on the Community Foundations website at www.cfcga.org.
The Knight Neighborhood Challenge is a five-year program to support creative ideas that can help transform Macon neighborhoods along the corridor.
A $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation underwrites the initiative.