City of Santa Clarita: Valencia Library Art Project
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Entry Deadline: 8/9/13
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 4

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This outdoor artwork will be highly visible and must compliment the City’s aesthetic in style, scale, and medium. The artwork should be created to be noticeable at a distance, and understandable at a glance. There is a 35 foot triangle of space that can be utilized for the artwork, and there are no height restrictions.

The artwork should celebrate the library. Artists are encouraged to think beyond the typical representations of objects associated with libraries. Words such as: vibrant, education, exploration, technology, history, fun, youthful, and community, are closely associated with libraries today. The piece could use one or more of these as a theme.

Libraries are, and have always been, places for education and learning, places to seek information and lose yourself in the worlds found only in books. What has changed is the way in which we access this knowledge and the library's emergence as a community center and intellectual hub where the abundance of new technologies and information are decoded. Libraries are great equalizers, welcoming people from all walks of life who come to read, study, learn to use new technology and take part in programs for all ages.

The following project goals will help guide the selection of the commissioned artwork:
1. Artwork is of an original, site-specific design.
2. Artwork is fabricated in a durable, low maintenance material that will withstand the heat and other elements of Santa Clarita.
3. Artwork is complementary to the overall context of the surrounding area.
4. Artwork has strong public appeal and will be embraced by the local community.

The City of Santa Clarita recently took over the operation of all public libraries within the city limits. A new library was completed for the community in Old Town Newhall, and upgrades have been made to the library in Canyon Country. The Capital Improvement Projects Division is now currently working on a project to reconfigure and expand part of the section of the parking lot at the Valencia Library between the library and Valencia Boulevard.

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