Mural at the Solid Waste Management Department

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Project Background

The Cultural and Public Art Program, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management Department, will hire a local or regional artist to create an interior mural at the Solid Waste Management Facility, as part of a Capital Improvement Plan project renovating the City's Truck Wash Annex. The new interior mural will contribute to a welcoming space for Solid Waste Management staff to clock-in, gather, and prepare for the beginning of their shifts. The City will commission a local or regional artist to fabricate an interior mural with input from employees who actively use the building. The new mural will be installed along the corridor located near the building entrance and leading to the staff locker room and parking lot. To reflect the mission of the Solid Waste Management Department, the design of the mural may utilize themes of environmentalism, sustainability, and waste reduction--based on staff feedback and recommendations.

Solid Waste Management Annex Project
Originally built in 1960, the building is used as an office and break area by the collections staff and also houses the truck washing accessory equipment. The renovation project includes exterior envelope repairs, replacement windows, interior demolition, new interior finishes, site improvements, a new roofing system, and replacement of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The exterior truck wash station on the site is replaced with a new truck wash addition and associated equipment.

Project Timeline

December 9 – December 28, 2020: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry promotion and informing the artist community 
Sunday,  January 10, 2021 at 11:59 EST: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry Deadline for the Solid Waste Management Building Mural. 
January 11 – January 29, 2021: Artist Selection Panel meetings
Late March 2021: City to notify artist(s) of decision  
March - April 2021: Design Development and Staff Engagement  
April 2021: Final Designs deadline 
May 2021: Final Designs shared with Staff at Solid Waste and City Staff for approvals
May - July 2021: Fabrications & Installation (Installation based on staff availability; weekends only)
Completed: 2021


Department of Solid Waste Management
1833 Camden Ave, Durham, NC 27704

Artist Selection Process

The City of Durham's Cultural and Public Art Program utilized the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry to commission a local or regional artist to lead this project and design a mural for employees to enjoy. From the pool of applicants, an artist selection panel reviewed the artists’ applications and determined the selected artist(s).

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry serves as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Candidates must either identify as or partner with a professional artist, designer, or fabricator, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 and older. The City encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. All applications must be in digital format and include an artist statement, photos of previous work, a personal resume(s), and references.

Full submission guidelines, project details, and submission portal are available here.


Brandon Hampton has been commissioned by the City to design and install the mural at the Solid Waste Management Facility.

Artist Statement

Within the art world, my art persona goes by the name Littleton Ugliford III, I hail from the far away beautiful, mythical, and magical land known to the masses as Durham, NC. Within this magical and mythical land, I discovered this unique hobby called Art at the early age of 10.   



The total maximum budget for this project was $9,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site.


For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245