A project that's never been tried before in Columbus -- a street mural actually painted on the street -- was the subject of a meeting in Clintonville last week.

A project that's never been tried before in Columbus -- a street mural actually painted on the street -- was the subject of a meeting in Clintonville last week.

Convened by the Clintonville Area Commission's District 2 representative, Rob Wood, the session was meant to introduce the members of a steering committee who will guide the project, as well as to give an overview of what's involved and to review a request for designs submitted by artists interested in painting the street mural.

Of the 14 or so people on hand, many appeared to be artists, Wood said.

"It's something that hasn't been tried before," he said, though he added similar projects exist in Minneapolis and Portland, Ore.

Also at last week's meeting, Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers provided details on the history of the area around the proposed site of the mural: the intersection of Calumet Street and Crestview Road, in front of the Clintonville Community Market.

"The feedback from the artists, they told me it really helped get a perspective on the community," Wood said.

The deadline for artists to submit proposed mural designs is Aug. 12. Interested artists should submit up to three completed works electronically to clintonvillestreetmural@gmail.com or physically to Clintonville Street Mural Project, 118 Crestview Road, Columbus 43202. The submissions should be 8.5 by 11 or 11 by 17 inches and include a support statement of 200 words or less.

Once the designs are in, members of the steering committee will score them based on criteria distributed with the request for proposals, Wood said. The designs will be displayed publicly, and eventually residents will have a chance to cast votes for the top three to five designs selected by the committee, he said.

Any design selected would have to receive approval from the Columbus Arts Commission and personnel in the city's traffic division.

"Traffic's been very supportive and the arts commission is very enthusiastic," Wood said.

But not everyone's wholeheartedly in favor of this specific project, said Jason V. Advani, who ran against Wood in the May 2011 CAC election to replace Mike McLaughlin on the advisory panel and also attended last week's mural meeting.

"One thing that has not been very clear is there is actually an opposition to this project," Advani wrote in an email. "A handful of residents, some who live on Crestview Road, are very concerned about this project taking place.

"I have my concerns, too. Don't get me wrong, I love art and creativity, but our streets get plowed in the winter, utilities get repaired, traffic wears pavement, etc. The group has only a finite plan for maintenance. What happens after that period of time?

"The other concern that we have is that the city has not fully embraced this, but the group is still moving forward. There are still unknowns and one of those is, just how do we measure the community's commitment to this installation?"

Advani called for residents from a broad area of Clintonville to be able to weigh in on the mural concept.

"We're moving forward with it," Wood said. "The mechanism that will allow this to happen actually takes a council vote. We expect that will not be an issue. At that point, we will go to the residents of the area, but we're waiting for the city to define which residents we have to sign up and what percentage of them.

"It's going to be a pilot project for the city of Columbus," he said. "If it doesn't happen there, we'll find a place for it in the city of Columbus.

"We obviously think it would be perfect for this location."