Town of Davidson: Roosevelt Wilson Park Public Art
P.O. Box 579
Davidson, NC 28036
Entry Deadline: 5/8/13
Days remaining to deadline: 2
Images – Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Total Media – Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6 View Site Details
LOCATION/CONTEXT: Roosevelt-Wilson Park is located on Griffith Street, the main arterial road into the Town of Davidson. It is a small, but well-used, park and contains playground equipment, a picnic shelter, restrooms, benches, and a one-acre pond with a fountain. Elementary school children walk to the park for recess on an almost-daily basis and residents from the surrounding neighborhoods walk to the park with their children to play. A multi-year enhancement plan for the park is underway, including new pathways, boardwalks, and landscaping.
PROJECT INTENT/THEME: The town is anticipating a sculptural or functional work of public art to honor a much-loved and respected citizen. We hope for an engaging work that invokes the spirit and personality of the woman being honored. She appreciated art and flowers, cherished children, and delighted in the sound of water.
SITE: The town has not chosen a specific site in the park for the artwork; however, the work should be visible from Griffith Street. Artists submitting for the project may indicate their preferred site, if they wish. The final decision will be made jointly with the Davidson Public Art Commission.
MEDIA/STYLE/SIZE: Works must be fabricated in durable, permanent, outdoor media that are safe, easily maintained, and have proven their viability in public artworks. If the chosen site is in the pond itself, the work must be waterproof, rustproof, and easily maintained without draining the pond. All artwork must be original. All forms of media that are appropriate and complementary to the park will be considered. The work may be functional or solely artistic. It may include a landscaping component.
PROJECT FUNDS: The funds are made available though the Town of Davidson. They include a private donation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council funds, and town funds derived from the prepared food and occupancy tax. A budget not to exceed $80,000 is available for one or more artworks. The total contract amount includes all applicable expenses, including but not limited to design fees, execution, installation, insurance, contingency and incidental costs, transportation, site preparation, and landscaping. Projects proposed to exceed the budget will not be considered.
APPLICATION/SELECTION PROCESS: This call for artists is an open competition for professional artists from the southeast and east coast who have experience in producing and installing successful public art or have designed artwork appropriate for the park. The committee will evaluate responses to this call based on artists’ past experience, including examples of completed public art, statements articulating initial ideas for public art at the park, resumes, and references. An artist may be selected directly from the initial applications or the Davidson Public Art Commission may elect to interview a limited number of semi-finalists from among the initial applications.
- If multiple semi-finalists are selected, they may be asked to develop specific preliminary proposals prior to final selection. If so, a stipend will be paid. A detailed budget, including all expenditures in connection with the execution of the project, will be required of artists selected as semi-finalists.
- One artist will ultimately be selected to develop a design, fabricate, and install an artwork, or install a previously-produced work.
- The chosen artist will be required to participate in several public or neighborhood meetings during the process.
- Town staff will oversee operations and administer the decisions of the Davidson Public Art Commission.
- The artist will be required to carry general liability insurance.
- The Town of Davidson reserves the right to withdraw from the project prior to such time as a contract is formally entered into with the artist. Contract provisions will apply subsequent to the agreement by both parties.
DEADLINE: The application, images and other required materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Wednesday May 8, 2013.
MATERIALS TO SUBMIT: Artists must submit the following items:
1. A current resume.
2. A statement of interest in the project.
3. Three (3) references from clients, preferably on public art projects.
4. A minimum of three and up to six artwork images are required. Please note medium, dimensions, location, and budget. Submissions without budget information will be rejected.
QUESTIONS/FOLLOW-UP: Questions about the project may be directed to Dawn Blobaum, Assistant Town Manager, via email to email@example.com.