City of Memphis to build “I AM A MAN” plaza near Clayborn Temple


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis plans to build an “I AM A MAN” plaza near Clayborn Temple in time for the 50th commemoration of his death.

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning an art installation as part of the project.

“The City of Memphis hopes that the space will serve as a point of reflection and invite all people to a peaceful, interactive and educational experience that supports the advancement of equity, justice and positive social change.”

Proposals are now being accepted and the installation should be completed by March 31 of 2018.

The budget is set at just under $700,000.

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The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

  • Acknowledge the historical significance of Memphis, the Memphis Sanitation Worker’s strike and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement, particularly involving the phrase I Am A Man
  • Provide visitors with the ability to interact with the art through tactile or technological elements or other methods
  • Create an experience that residents and tourists will want to revisit
  • Create a space for peaceful protest and positive change
  • Inspire future generations to stand up for social justice and positive change

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture projects.


  • February 1, 2017                  RFQ released
  • March 11, 2017                    RFQ deadline
  • March 25, 2017                    Notify finalist artists and release RFP
  • April 29, 2017                       RFP deadline
  • Late May 2017                      Commission artist
  • March 31, 2018                    Installation complete

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