Friday, April 26, 2013

CdA Arts Commission seeks Artists for McEuen Park Interactive Sculpture

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists for a McEuen Park Interactive Sculpture. The renewed and revitalized McEuen Park has been a project long in the making for the community of Coeur d’Alene. This prime location in the heart of downtown has evolved greatly over the years, and is currently being developed into a destination park, with compelling and memorable features that are designed to serve the greatest number of uses for the greatest number of people, of all ages and abilities, throughout all seasons. The new park will also support regional events and was designed in recognition of the legacy of the McEuen Park area.

The Interactive Sculpture will be located at the South/Center Trail Confluence of McEuen Park. The goal for the Interactive Sculpture is to significantly beautify the southern side of the revitalized McEuen Park. It is meant to be a piece of public art visually enjoyed by visitors to the park, as well as a feature of the park with which young and old alike can interact in a unique way. This could be any sort of physical interaction, from simple touch to something children or other adventurous spirits could climb on, or something visually or audibly interactive. Located at a major trail confluence, the area around the Interactive Sculpture will receive a lot of foot and bicycle traffic as visitors travel through the park trail system.

Other than having some sort of interactive component, there is no theme to this Call to Artists, allowing for open interpretation and creativity to make a lasting impression on residents and visitors.

Public art can be a change agent for the community. It creates and establishes neighborhood and community identity and also enhances the visual landscape and character of the city. It turns ordinary spaces into community landmarks and promotes community dialogue and, most important, it’s accessible to everyone.

Information packets are available at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, or online at www.cdaid.org. Artist proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., June 21, 2013. To ensure fairness, no extensions or waivers of deadlines will be granted. Artists with questions are encouraged to contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at stevea@cdaid.org.

TO VIEW THE CALL TO ARTISTS, please click on the following link:
http://www.cdaid.org/mod/userpage/images/McEuenInteractiveSculpture.pdf