Red Deer | Call For Submissions :: Two Public Art Projects

Conceptual rendering of Capstone at Riverlands District Public PlazaCITY OF RED DEER
Great Chief Park Public Art Project, Capstone at Riverlands District Public Art Project

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 4:00:59pm (MST)

The Red Deer Public Art Program integrates outstanding works of art into public spaces and facilities throughout the city that reflect our community’s distinct culture and character.  Through the acquisition of artworks for public display, The City provides an engaging and dynamic urban environment and creates a cultural legacy for the future. The City invites artists to participate in two new public art competitions. The purpose of this pre-qualification is to select up to three initial artistic concepts for each project and invite the winning submissions to a Phase II competition. In the Phase II competition artists will further develop their proposals and present their projects to the City of Red Deer’s Public Art Commission. Artist’s will receive a stipend of $2500 for materials and travel incurred for their participation in the Phase II competition.

Great Chief Park Public Art Public Art Project

With the redevelopment of Great Chief Park and Bower Ponds, there has been a concerted effort to provide a ‘green’ approach to the design and construction of the new field-house. In keeping with this theme, the public art being sought for this project invites a creative response that adheres to this same philosophy. The artist, in their concept and design, will be encouraged to incorporate materials, processes or technologies that highlight environmentally conscious goals. For example, artists may wish to include materials that have enjoyed previous lives in other capacities, of which can be safely repurposed. The use of sustainable technologies such as solar, water, or wind may serve to animate the work. Or the artist may take a more conceptual approach in the choice of a particular theme that reflects important connections between urban design and natural or “green” habitats such as the City’s parks and trails.

Capstone At Riverlands District Public Art Project

A proposed public plaza, recently named ‘Canada 150 Square’ will be constructed where the walking trail along the river (Riverwalk) intersects with the western-most portion of Alexander Way.  Overlooking the river, this square will serve as a natural gathering place for everything from impromptu gatherings to large-scale special events. A public art project is planned for this prominent location and will fully incorporate the elements of ‘place-making’ which foster the creation of vital public destinations.

A public artwork is being sought that will not only become a landmark and icon for the Capstone at Riverlands district, but also perform as a functional piece that incorporates seating and encourages the public to interact with it physically. While distinctly a creative work of art, this piece will also become synonymous as a place for the public to relax, socialize, and enjoy cultural activities such as outdoor performances and festivals. Consideration should be given to the need for flexible seating. For example, it should be able to accommodate large volumes of people (up to 50 people at a time), but also succeed in providing more intimate seating for smaller groups or individuals. This element could also serve as a stage or podium for impromptu and larger planned performances.

All Canadian Artists or Permanent Residents of Canada are welcome to participate in this competition. Visit Alberta Purchasing Connection to download the application package. Reference No. AB-2017-05853

Contact for the City of Red Deer:
Kathy Stewart
Procurement Specialist

Image: Conceptual rendering of Capstone at Riverlands District Public Plaza