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Call to Dallas Artists: White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture Project

White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture
Project Budget: $272,000
Submission Deadline: September 7, 2011

The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs has announced a call to artists for the White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture project. The project is open to all professional artists not currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program or anyone currently employed by the City of Dallas. This is a gran opportunity to leave a lasting impression on our beautiful city.

White Rock Lake

A historic destination park in the Dallas Park System was completed in 1911. The 1,015 acre city lake is located at 8300 East Lawther Drive serves as a recreational lake for the City of Dallas. From its earliest days, area residents used it for rest and relaxation by constructing cabins and docks on leased property along its shoreline. This urban lake is enjoyed by over 2 million visitors each year.

White Rock Lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including: hike and bike trails, sailing, bird watching areas and wetlands sites, scenic picnic areas,rental facilities and fishing piers.

Cultural, sports and others events are held at the lake throughout the year around the lake and at the Bath House Cultural Center. This City of Dallas Cultural Center is a welcoming venue for visual and performing artists. The historic Art Deco-style Bath House houses a 116-seat black box theater, three gallery spaces, the White Rock Lake Museum, and several multipurpose spaces. The Center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development, and quality of multicultural arts in Dallas by emphasizing innovative visual and performing arts and other multidisciplinary arts events.

Goals for the White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture

  • The 100 year history of White Rock Lake must be a part of the design.
  • The theme of water conservation and the natural environment near the installation site must be reflected in the design.
  • The desired vertical configuration must be tall enough to be highly visible from the adjacent roadway, Garland Road.
  • The character of White Rock Lake including the architecture on White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade that runs along Garland Road must be a part of the design.
  • The materials for the sculpture must be consistent with the materials found at the lake including the White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade.
  • Lighting to ensure good visibility at night must be planned as a part of the design.
  • The White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture must become an icon for the lake.

Eligibility

All professional artists are eligible to apply except for artists currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program. Employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee, or any consultants under contract for any phase of these projects are ineligible. The City of Dallas Cultural Policy does not accept qualifications from undergraduate students for Public Art projects.

Specific qualifications for this project include

Demonstrated successful completion of a public art project of similar size and scope,

Demonstrated ability to work with a design team to meet the goals for the White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture.

Commitment to complete the design, fabrication and installation of the project at the selected location within the budget specified.

Submission Format

By mail: Send the materials listed above on a CD to: Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator 1925 Elm Street, Suite 400 Dallas, Texas 75201.

Email Submission: Send materials listed above to: whiterocklakecentennial@gmail.com File size not to exceed 2MB.

Submission Deadline September 7, 2011

Questions

Please direct all submission-related inquiries to: Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator 214-670-3284 kendall.ferguson@dallascityhall.com.

Terms and Conditions

Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business enterprise goals of the City.) The City reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice. Submission materials become the property of the City.

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