On behalf of the Norman Arts Council and the City of Norman, Oklahoma, the Norman Public Arts Board seeks to purchase/commission two pieces of permanent outdoor sculptures for placement at the southwest corner of East Main Street/Porter Avenue (Site #1) and the southeast corner of the current downtown library building in the City of Norman Complex (Site #2). The deadline has been extended from July 14 to July 28, 2014.
Proposals may be submitted that are suitable for either location or separate proposals for each specific site. Since submissions will be done online, separate submissions would be require for multiple proposals.
In 2012, the Norman Public Arts Board commissioned and installed sculptures by Craig Swan and Jonathan Hils, located on the 100 and 200 W. Main Blocks of Downtown Norman, respectively.
The goals of this project are to enhance a heavily trafficked intersection that visually anchors the downtown arts district and to expand the visual appearance of the City of Norman Complex. Both areas serve as pathways to several churches in established neighborhoods, the public library, the City of Norman Complex, retail/commercial establishments, and the locations are part of the major traffic patterns of downtown Norman.
The installations should embody a theme representative of central Oklahoma and/or specifically the City of Norman. The themes should relate but not to be limited to any characteristics on this list: Oklahoma weather, Native American heritage, civic character, complexity of a university city, cultural diversity of the third largest city in the state, the pioneer spirit, and the natural habitats or environment of the area. The style of the sculpture may be a traditional, architectural, figurative or contemporary interpretation of the theme and may be made of any material.
The budget for each piece of artwork is $15,000. This amount includes all associated costs of design, materials, fabrication, travel, insurance coverage, delivery, and installation. The base of the sculpture will be provided by the City of Norman.
All artists who reside in Oklahoma may respond. Proof of residence may be required.
Step One Application Deadline: July 28, 2014
Notification of Selected Artists: August 8, 2014
Step Two Finalists’ Presentations/Interview: August 27, 2014, 5:30pm
Notification of Selection: September 2, 2014
Installation Deadline: October 19, 2014
For more information and full guidelines, download the application here.
To submit your proposal, visit: https://normanarts.submittable.com/submit