Macy’s City Creek seeks artists for Christmas ‘candy windows’
Published: September 26, 2012 10:28AM
Updated: September 28, 2012 11:58AM
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Tribune file photo This Christmas window display, among many at ZCMI downtown, has aliens made of jelly beans titled "Close Encounters of the Christmas Kind" by Mindy Gardner. There were other windows including winter and christmas scenes to the theme of "When what to my wondering eyes should appear". photo by Danny La

This time for sure: The Macy’s City Creek — in downtown Salt Lake City’s City Creek Center — is bringing back the Christmas “candy windows.”

Macy’s on Tuesday issued a call to artists, inviting them to submit proposals to re-create the holiday tradition begun in the old Main Street ZCMI store where Macy’s now sits.

Six artists will be chosen to create and install the windows, which “should be made entirely out of candy and reflect a local holiday tradition,” a Macy’s statement said. The store’s theme is “The Heart of the Holidays.”

Artists are asked to submit a rendering and a short explanation of their window idea. The window displays are 9 feet wide, 8 feet deep and 12 feet high. Feasibility — i.e., whether the project can be done within the time, space and budget limits — will be considered.

Macy’s issued a similar call for artists in August, but it wasn’t as well publicized.

ZCMI started the “candy windows” tradition back in 1972, and the unveiling every November (on the Friday after Thanksgiving) usually accompanied the switching-on of the lights at Temple Square as a downtown event.

Any artists interested should contact Chad Young, visual manager of the Macy’s City Creek, at Chad.young@macys.com.