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Wake County, North Carolina seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior art work to be placed at the new Southeast County Park.
Eligibility: Professional artists
Deadline: 09/16/2019 1:00 PM Central Time
Based on the park master plan (see “Site History” below), the project provides opportunities to incorporate multiple public art pieces throughout the site. The public art pieces may be interactive and educational as well as visual and should be consistent with the park mission statement and core principles. As the schematic design is just beginning, this provides the selected artist the opportunity to be engaged with the design team, throughout much of the design process.
If commissioned, the successful Artist shall be responsible for the following:
Wake County has recently completed a Master Plan for a new county park facility in southeast Wake County. Design and construction of Southeast County Park is the first project priority of the Parks Recreation Open Space and Greenways bond, which was approved by voters in the Fall of 2018. Southeast County Park will be the first county park in this geographic area of Wake County.
Through a robust community engagement planning process, the master plan was developed which includes a wide variety of site and building amenities, more specifically focused on natural resources and environmental education.
The draft master site plan, mission statement, program themes, and architectural concept plans are available at this link: http://www.wakegov.com/parks/southeast/Pages/default.aspx
The public art pieces may be interactive and educational as well as visual and should be consistent with the park mission statement and core principles.
Artwork Location Description
Southeast County Park is located at 3355 NC Highway 42 Willow Spring, North Carolina 27592. The park contains roughly 300 acres that includes agricultural fields, upland forest, forested slopes, wetlands and floodplains. There are steep bluffs in the northern section of the property that overlook Middle Creek, which bisects the property.
The majority of the amenities within the park have been located within the existing fields between NC 42 and the forested edge. The park center is located at the transition of the fields to the forest. The concentration of amenities into a central activity space in the front of the park encourages a connection of people to the community and allows the existing forested areas, bluffs and streams to be explored while preserving the sensitive habitat zones.
The Park Center is located at the transition of fields to forest, which is one of the several ecotones that exist with Southeast County Park. By integrating the Park Center at the fringe of two overlapping ecological communities, the buildings become not just a destination, but a starting point for further exploration.
To revive the character of the old NC42 farm road and to preserve the agricultural character along NC42, a community garden gathering / event space is planned in connection with the existing barn and adjacent agricultural fields.
A Selection Committee of eleven (11) individuals, will select the artist that best meets the requirements, based on the information contained in their response to the Request for Qualifications.
The intent of the process is to flow as efficiently as possibly while following the dates indicated in Section IV. After submission deadline, selection committee will review each submission and will narrow the pool of applicants to three (3) finalists.
Each of the three (3) finalists will be provided a stipend of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) to facilitate travel to Raleigh, North Carolina with the intent of familiarizing the finalist to the park site. Site visits will terminate with the Selection Committee interviewing each of the three finalists. Once interviews are completed, Wake County will select an artist. An initial design contract will be awarded to the selected artist. Upon completion and approval of the design, a final fabrication contract will be issued to the artist for completion of the scope of work outlined in Section III, and further defined in the fabrication contract.
In the selection of a finalist, the Selection Committee will review and consider the following:
What to Submit
Submission shall include the following:
NOTE: Wake County reserves the right to request additional information from each individual artist.
How to Submit
QUESTIONS? Contact Eric Staehle, 919-856-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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