The City of Eden Prairie is excited to invite artists to submit applications to be considered for a public art project in coordination with a major boulevard reconstruction in 2019. There will be multiple location options within and near the boulevard for site-specific work.
Budget: $130,000 all-inclusive
Eligibility: Professional visual artists experienced in public art
Deadline: 08/26/2018 6:00 PM Central Time
Eden Prairie is located in close proximity to the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area providing a perfect balance of small-town feel and big-city amenities. The City received its name in the mid-1800s when it was considered a garden spot in the newly developed Minnesota territory. Established in 1858, Eden Prairie remained a sleepy pastoral village until the mid-1900s when the additions of Flying Cloud Airport and Highway 494 put the City on the map, bringing thousands of homes and businesses to the area. Since then, the population of Eden Prairie has grown to more than 63,000 and the number of businesses has multiplied to more than 2,800. Without its progressive community model and growing infrastructure, the City would not be consistently recognized as one of MONEY magazine’s “Best Places to Live.”
The construction for Preserve Boulevard will improve traffic flow and help control water levels to minimize the impact of large rain events on adjacent properties. Learn more at edenprairie.org/InfrastructureProjects.
Eden Prairie is seeking innovative public artists with fabrication experience to submit their qualifications. There will be multiple locations within and near the boulevard for site-specific work, such as medians and open areas at each end of the street. Works located within medians should be designed to offer visual impact and serve as calming areas for traffic. All finished artwork should have a consistent design theme and be constructed to withstand Minnesota
weather extremes, requiring minimal maintenance by the City.
A selection committee reviews first-round applicants and chooses several artists to move on as second-round finalists based on:
Second round finalists are commissioned to create a detailed project proposal specific to the site location, dimensions and function. The selection committee reviews proposals and selects a finalist to coordinate with the City and execute the project in 2019.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Email submission materials to ArtSubmissions@edenprairie.org with the subject line “Preserve Boulevard RFQ.” If digital attachments are too large to send via email, please send a link through a file transfer program such as WeTransfer to the email address listed above.
QUESTIONS? Contact Jes at 952-949-8304 or JSchrom@edenprairie.org
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