This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks proposals from artists for the design and creation of a public sculpture to be located along Wausau, Wisconsin’s downtown riverfront. The theme of the sculpture is open to anything relating to Wausau’s early history and/or its location along the Wisconsin River.
Eligibility: Artists and teams with all members age 18 and older
Deadline: 01/31/2019 4:00 PM Central Time
NOTE: This opportunity is a Request for Proposals. Applicants must submit a conceptual proposal and budget, without compensation for design work, as part of the application process. Please review full RFQ for site information and photos.
This 16-acre area along the river contained industrial/brownfield sites before it was recently cleaned up for commercial and residential redevelopment. The area now contains many public amenities including a wharf, a reclaimed stream, and a variety of well-landscaped green spaces along the waterfront. New commercial and residential developments in this area continue to take shape.
The following websites contain information about Wausau’s history:
The commissioned artwork should be reflective of Wausau’s early history, particularly relating to early lumbering that took place along this part of the river but potentially other industrial uses that followed until recently. The artwork should provide public interest many years into the future. It should add an artistic asset to the riverfront to help promote additional public art.
Artwork Location Description
The sculpture site is located along Wausau’s downtown riverfront. The specific location is within a redeveloping area adjacent to the central business district, called RiverLife. The River Edge Parkway is a multi-use path running along the banks of the Wisconsin River. The parkway connects many important features of the community, particularly on the east side of the river. The sculpture would sit at a very prominent site along the river at the end of a new Fulton Street. The street is currently being designed and is anticipated for construction in 2019. For more information about Wausau’s riverfront redevelopment please visit: http://www.wausaudevelopment.com/RiverfrontDevelopment.aspx
The city’s Arts Commission will review the proposals and provide a recommendation to the local foundation who will also review the proposal. Final approval will be given by the city council.
Proposals will be evaluated in terms of how well a piece of art is anticipated to meet the goals stated above, as well as the following criteria:
What to Submit
Please limit proposals to a maximum of seven (7) pages, excluding attachments.
How to Submit
Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, Thursday, January 31, 2019. Please email the proposal to Brad Lenz, City Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact Brad Lenz, email@example.com
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