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Art All Around®

The Maine Center for Creativity, in ground-breaking collaboration with the Sprague Energy Corporation, sponsored the Art All Around® project.  It is a bold initiative launched in 2008 to spearhead an international design competition (see competition at  It’s goal: to transform 16 oil storage tanks on Portland harbor into an integrated ‘canvas’ of color and design at the gateway to the state’s largest city – and to all of Maine.

The first phase was an open design competition that received 560 submissions from 80 countries.  Designs were evaluated by a select, international panel of judges.  Five semifinalists, including two from Maine, each received a $10,000 prize award.  Jaime Gili, a young Venezuela-born artist living in London, was selected as the final winner – and additionally received the $20,000 grand prize.

The painting phase of the project commenced in the fall of 2009 with the painting of the first of 16 tanks. Five tanks have been completed to date and the 6th tank is scheduled for the fall of 2012. There is still $350,000 left to raise to paint the remainder of the tanks.  This project will be the world’s largest public painting with more than 260,000 square feet painted in the Jaime Gili design.

When completed, the project will be prominently visible by air on the approach to Portland’s International Jetport and will be a major landmark visible from numerous locations in Portland and South Portland, and on the water.  More than a quarter million people will see it daily on their commute on I-295 at the city’s edge.

The project has been endorsed by numerous local governments, professional and private organizations, and both the Portland Public Art Committee and the Maine College of Art (MECA).  It is made possible through private funding, with major contributions from:

  • Monks O’Neill Development LLC
  • Gregory W. Boulos
  • Davis Family Foundation
  • Auto Europe
  • Portland Webworks
  • Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry

The Art All Around® project is the first major international undertaking of the Maine Center for Creativity.  It both celebrates and symbolizes the creativity that abounds in Maine.

Jaime Gili, Winner, Art All Around Competition