PORTLAND (AP) – A nonprofit group that promotes the growth of Maine’s creative economy is seeking entries in a competition to choose a design that will be painted on an oil tank farm visible to visitors arriving in Portland by land, air and sea.

The Maine Center for Creativity said the competition, dubbed “Art All Around,” will set the stage for one of the state’s largest public art projects.

The winning design will be painted on the tops of 16 Sprague Energy Corp. tanks and on the sides of eight of them. The tanks vary in dimensions but range in width from 78 feet to 120 feet and in height from 36 feet to 52 feet.

Officials estimate that 4,500 gallons of paint will be needed to cover the more than 260,000 square feet of the tanks that will be painted. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2011.

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