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Arts Huntsville seeking artists to create half-million-dollar art installation

The installation will span three sites.

Posted: Jan 30, 2019 2:48 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2019 2:51 PM

Arts Huntsville has announced an international Request for Qualifications for a large scale, multi-site public art installation in downtown Huntsville.

The installation will span three sites: a renovated plaza area in Big Spring Park, an interior plaza at RCP Companies’ CityCentre mixed-use development, and a pocket park adjacent to Redstone Federal Credit Union’s new branch located along downtown Huntsville’s developing greenway system.

The artist award for the project is $530,000, making it the largest-scale public art project in Huntsville to date. The project is a collaboration between RCP Companies, the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, Redstone Federal Credit Union, the city of Huntsville, and Arts Huntsville.

Arts Huntsville is managing the project and the pieces will be owned by the city. The project aims to serve as a visual link between Big Spring Park, CityCentre, and the pocket park, as well as create a collaborative space that provides social moments to be enjoyed by people meeting, gathering and just passing through. It must have a strong visual aesthetic representative of Huntsville and celebrate our community’s core values. The Big Spring Park installation must also serve as a celebration of community giving and philanthropy.

“We’ve watched temporary public art in Big Spring Park captivate the community this past year, and now this group of community partners are going to help an artist create pieces that will engage and inspire us each day in the heart of downtown,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battled added, “Huntsville is an innovative, smart city driven by creative people. It’s been a long-standing community vision to integrate more public art into our daily lives. This exciting project takes this vision to the next level.”

Selected semi-finalists will be invited to propose artwork based on the project criteria. Up to four semifinalist artists or artistic teams will receive $3,000 honorariums to create and present a design proposal.

The deadline to submit artist qualifications is Feb. 15. Interested artists can learn more and apply at http://artshuntsville.org/rfq-citycentre-public-art.

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