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Westerville Parks Foundation Seeks New Public Sculpture

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Westerville Parks Foundation Seeks New Public Sculpture


The City of Westerville (Ohio) and the Westerville Parks Foundation are seeking an artist(s) to create a site-specific original artwork as part of the Cleveland Avenue Retail Development, which includes three restaurants/food and drink retailers (BruBurger, Local Cantina, and Starbucks) and potential space for other retail opportunities.

Budget: $7,500

Eligibility:  Established, professional artists living in the Midwest. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

Deadline: 09/04/2017 3:00 PM Central Time

Artwork Location Description
The Cleveland Avenue Retail Development is situated on a lot near the corner of Cleveland Ave and Polaris Parkway. The site is a part of desirable land parcels, already home to corporate headquarters and businesses in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. Just east of the development is a newly developed hotel property, the Marriott Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, expected to attract more than 3,000 new jobs to the Westerville community. To the west, the development is adjacent to HealthSouth, a healthcare provider. The development is situated south of Polaris Fashion Place, a popular retail and restaurant destination.

Project Description

The commissioned artist(s) will work with City staff, the Westerville Parks Foundation, an Arts Council of Westerville representative, and the developer of the site to create a site-specific, durable piece for outdoor installation.

The vision for this project is for an original, signature artwork (sculpture) of exceptional quality and enduring value located in public space that serves as a major thoroughfare through the city. The artwork should provide recognizable identity and signature presence for the retail development with a distinctive aesthetic experience highly visible and welcoming to both pedestrians and those traveling in passenger vehicles.

Budget Description
A maximum of $7,500 commission for the artist(s) selected to realize their work.  The selected artist will receive a Contract for the Commission in the amount of $7,500 which must be sufficient for all elements of the project including the artist’s design and management fees, travel expenses associated with the project, production of all design documents up to and including construction documents, costs for fabrication, transportation and shipping, and installation of the artwork, structural base/foundation, mechanical and electrical requirements, fees for permits, insurance, licenses, taxes, and all other applicable costs related to the project shall be included in the project cost proposal.

Selection Process
The City of Westerville, the developer, and a representative of the Arts Council of Westerville will review submissions and select an artist to create an original site-specific artwork or oversee the purchase of a previously created artwork fitting within the criteria outlined below.  Applicants should have experience working within the public process, in public settings, and well as a proven ability to fabricate their own work or work with fabricators and installers. The artwork must reflect the project description as outlined above.

The commissioned artist will be required to provide evidence of appropriate liability, property damage, and workers compensation insurance while working on site.

Application Requirements

  • Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
  • Work examples: 8. At least two (2) of the images must represent artwork in a outdoor installation. Images must be titled and accompanied by a description sheet with corresponding numbers. This sheet should include the titles of artwork, date of creation and installation, materials used, dimensions, and an artist concept for each artwork. Please include the owner of the artwork and how long the artwork has been displayed in it’s location in this description as well. Also, be sure to include photos of your artwork installed on location. a. All images must be formatted as JPEG images, sized at 8” x 10” (no smaller and/or no larger), with a resolution no lower than 300 dpi. b. If you wish to submit a video outlining your work, it should be no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Artist Statement: 200 word maximum
  • Letter of Interest:  Please include a letter of interest, no more than one page in length, which explains your interest in the competition. Please be sure to include your name and contact information.
  • Biography of no more than 400 words. If submitting as a team, please submit biographies for each individual.
  • Proposal shall include conceptual design drawings, sketches, or manquettes, sufficiently communicating the artist’s concept. Drawings should be no larger than 12” x 18”. Each final design proposal shall include: 1. Details and location on the work including an indication of form, scale and and proposed materials. 2. A preliminary fabrication and installation schedule outlining the Artist’s specific timelines for completing the artwork. 3. A project budget. 4. Outline of maintenance requirements
  • References: 3

The City of Westerville is under no obligation to award a Commission for Artwork based on the Conceptual Design Proposals submitted. Beyond formal notification of selection, the City of Westerville and the Selection Panel will not enter into any correspondence regarding their decision.

How to Submit

Mail complete application packages to:

Westerville Parks and Recreation
ATTN: Derrick McPeak
350 N Cleveland Ave
Westerville OH 43082 USA

Selection Criteria

1. Scale. The artwork may not have a structural base of more than 6 feet in diameter .

2. Location. Must be an original art piece appropriate for outdoor installation able to withstand severe weather, graffiti, vandalism, etc. and be adequately and safely displayed and secured as permissible under Ohio Building Code. The artwork must reside on the green space between Building A and Building B (see attached landscape and architectural drawings).

3. Context. Must be contextual with the architecture and landscape in which it is to reside (see attached landscape plan and architectural drawings for more information)The artwork should create an an engaging and exciting atmosphere for the space.

4. Theme. The proposed artwork should express movement, energy, and height while being colorful, expressionistic, and organic in nature. The commissioned artwork should engage and challenge the public, be distinctive, and inspire curiosity and conversation.

In addition, competitive applications will present:

  • An initial proposal that reflects the Project Description and Artwork Criteria as outlined in this document.
  • A body of work reflecting artist excellence.
  • Experience working in public settings and public process as well as interacting with the community.
  • Experience fabricating and installing permanent artwork for an outdoor environment.
  • Depth of Artist(s) understanding of City’s requirements; overall quality and logic of work plan
  • Completeness of response in accordance with the Request for Proposals instructions
  • Reasonableness of the rates and fees proposed; adequacy of date in support of figures quoted, basis on which rates and fees are quoted.
  • References provided as part of this application will be contacted prior to final selection.


  • Request for Proposals Due: Monday, September 4, 4:00 p.m.
  • City Council Meeting/Contract Approval: September 19, 2017
  • Contract Start Date: October 1, 2017
  • Artwork Final Fabrication Date: January 26, 2018
  • Artwork Final Installation Date: February 16, 2018

QUESTIONS?  Contact Derrick McPeak,


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