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The City of Arlington (“City”) and Entertainment District Sculpture Trail (“EDST”) Committee are seeking a response to this call for public art submissions from artists interested in providing professional services needed for the permanent placement of sculpture(s) to be located in Richard Greene Linear Park.
Budget: $140,000 total (up to 3 artworks sought), includes sculpture purchase/fabrication and foundation installation
Deadline: 07/20/2017 5:00 PM Central Time
Eligibility: Professional, amateur, and student artists from anywhere in the U.S. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
The sculpture does not have to articulate any particular theme. The vision is to help create a unique and long standing art experience right in the heart of the City of Arlington. The Entertainment District Sculpture Trail is envisioned to weave throughout a natural setting showcasing sculptures, offering a unique educational experience and providing one-of-a-kind sculptures designed to celebrate events and people in the Entertainment District.
In 2011, the concept of the Entertainment District Sculpture Trail (EDST) was born through the cooperation between the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation and the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau. The EDST is located in 41 acres within Richard Greene Linear Park and Dr. Robert Cluck Linear Park between mega-venues Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium. Phase 1 was Unity Arch and dedicated April 2017. Phase 2 of the EDST consisted of the placement of nine (9) sculptures that are on loan to the City of Arlington for a three year-long period of display within the sculpture trail. Phase 3 consisted of the installation of The Sea in Meadowbrook Park. These new sculptures are Phase 4 of the EDST development.
Artwork Location Description
With a lake on its north side, Rangers Ballpark to the east and AT&T Stadium to the west, Richard Greene Linear Park is a 41-acre park with two miles of hike and bike trails, picnic areas, and the Caelum Moor (Norm Hines) sculptures. The park is a part of the Texas Trails Network and is a greenway in the middle of Arlington’s famous Entertainment District, thanks to the Johnson Creek Ecosystem Restoration project. The project included creek restoration, stream bank stabilization, development of the hike and bike trail and ecosystem enhancements.
Up to (3) sculptures may be selected to be placed for permanent installation pending funding availability. The committee will accept entries of large scale, free standing, interactive sculptures.
The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation and the EDST Steering Committee will provide the following:
Artists are encouraged to visit the park and review the possible locations that are suitable for their sculpture. Placement will be dependent upon size of sculpture, unique installation requirements, and natural element limitations. Every sculpture location will be near a concrete pathway for optimal visibility to patrons for the benefit of both the artist and the sponsoring entity.
Members of the Entertainment District Sculpture Committee will serve as the selection committee. Using their diverse background and experiences, the Selection Committee will evaluate the submitted sculptures and select the sculptures that best adhere to the guidelines and criteria outlined in this document. The Sculpture Trail Committee consists of members from the City of Arlington, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, University of Texas at Arlington and local artists.
During the evaluation process, the committee reserves the right, where it may serve the City’s best interest, to request additional information or clarification from responders, or to allow corrections of errors or omissions. At the discretion of the committee, artists submitting responses may be requested to make oral presentations as part of the evaluation process.
The pieces selected for display will be chosen by committee members based on the originality of the piece, its aesthetic properties, and its suitability for an outdoor public exhibit.
Safety: Sculptures must be durable and suitable for kids at play. Sharp, pointed pieces of the sculpture should be avoided below 6 feet to prevent possible injury to patrons.
How to Apply
Email submittals to Gary Packan, Project Manager, email@example.com Email attachments must not exceed 5 MB total.
QUESTIONS? Contact Gary Packan, City of Arlington Parks and Recreation, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 817.459.5496.
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