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The City of Sarasota, Florida, is sponsoring an outdoor landmark sculpture for placement within a future roadway roundabout at the intersection of 10th Street and US 41 in a downtown location. This project is related to a public art initiative that is focused on acquiring public works of art that will be permanently displayed in numerous roundabouts that will be constructed during the next decade.
Eligibility: Professional artists
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Review full call with site images and required forms, and apply, here.
The City of Sarasota is known for its arts and cultural amenities; located on the Gulf coast of Florida, the City is approximately 60 miles south of Tampa. The current resident population of the City is approximately 55,000 full-time residents and Sarasota County population is approximately 407,000 full-time residents.
This is an intersection of a collector road (10th Street) and a major arterial road (US 41). The roundabout will be a two-lane design. It is preferable to have artwork centrally located in the roundabout. At the time of this Call to Artists issuance, the design plans show a center island with a varying diameter of 97 feet to 118.8 feet. The City anticipates that a wall that is 3 ½ feet in height will be designed and constructed in the center island of the roundabout and the artwork shall be located within the walled area. Therefore, the entire center island will not be able for the artwork display. The artist should anticipate a display area that is up to approximately 15 feet in diameter.
The commissioned work of art will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums suitable for an outdoor environment and styles will be represented in the permanent collection. For general information regarding the City’s public art program and images of completed works within the City’s collection, please visit https://www.sarasotafl.gov/our-city/public-art.
The first step of this design competition will be the review of application materials with the intent of identifying three artwork proposals most favored by the City’s Public Art Committee. Following this initial selection process, three artists who are selected as finalists will be invited to present their proposals in person to the Public Art Committee (finalists will be paid $1,000 honorariums to present their proposals in person and must include a site specific maquette and/or other visual depictions of the proposed artwork). Each of the three selected artists will be responsible for transportation, lodging, and food costs when making the in-person presentation to the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee will rank the three proposals and make a recommendation to the City Commission, which grants final approval for the commissioning of this work. Please note that the City Commission is not obligated to select the Public Art Committee’s recommendation. Only one of the three finalists will be offered this commission.
This roundabout will be located in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) right-of-way and must be approved by that Department. Upon selection by the City Commission, the proposed artwork will be submitted to FDOT for review and approval. FDOT’s process consists of two reviews with both reviews involving the local District Office and the Central Office. First is a Concept Phase which involves submittal of conceptual drawings, site plans, and other documentation. Second is a Final Phase which involves submittal of final documents, including site plans, a traffic control plan, structural plans, and other documents. Please see excerpt from the FDOT Design Manual (January 1, 2018) located in Appendix C of the Appendices A through C document available for download; specifically, Section 127.2.1 – Public Art (Stand-Alone) and Section 127.3 – Approval Process. FDOT information about the roundabout construction is located at http://swflroads.com/us41/roundabouts.
All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their submissions. Please do not call or e-mail for an update on the status of the submission.
Design Criteria (for final artwork)
There is no stated stylistic preference; a full spectrum of high quality outdoor sculpture is anticipated to be of interest to the City.
Overall design criteria that will help guide the selection of artwork are:
This roundabout is scheduled for completion at the beginning of January 2020. Site prep and installation to begin upon FDOT Final approval which will occur after completion of the roundabout.
What to Submit
Artists are required to submit qualifications, illustrations (images, renderings), and a brief statement describing an initial concept idea for this project.
How to Submit
Submit materials ONLY through the CaFE system.
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