The call for entries posted, among other places, on the Utah Arts Festival's Facebook page says six artists will be chosen, each decorating one window display that's 9 feet wide, 8 feet deep and 12 feet high. The designs should reflect local holiday traditions, follow the Macy's theme of "The Heart of the Holidays," and be made out of candy. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The selected artists will create and install the window displays. Macy's will buy the necessary supplies, within reason, and promote the artist's biography and website as part of the display.
As of Tuesday, Young said he had received no submissions. For many Utahns, the unveiling of the ZCMI windows on the Friday after Thanksgiving was part of their holiday tradition going back to 1972.
"We used to take the grandkids to see the lights at Temple Square, and we made sure we saw those windows," said retired advertising executive Bruce Bell.
Sarinda Jones, a Salt Lake City glass artist, grew up in Bountiful, and her family made a trip to see the windows every Christmas season. "I just remember it being bigger than life and very whimsical," Jones said.