Parks and Recreation
Public Art Program
111 Union Sq SE 2nd Fl
Albuquerque NM 88172
Entry Deadline: 5/29/17
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
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nThe Bernalillo County Arts Board solicits a call for artists to propose conceptual sketch ideas for outdoor sculpture to be located along highly visible avenues and boulevards within Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Regional artists residing in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Texas are invited to apply. The long-term scope of the project is to locate five sculptures in each of the five Bernalillo County districts for a total of 25 sculptures by 25 artists. This is the initial call for the first five sculptures.
nThe Project aptly named "Outposts" is conceived by the Bernalillo County Arts Board that evolved from an idea of combining the duality of the communities of Bernalillo County and the Southwestern region to include the co-existence of mountains and the valley, the urban and the rural communities, the monsoon season and the dry season and the ancient and modern cultural societies.
nHistory of the Area:
nThis area of the Southwest has been inhabited off and on for the last two thousand years beginning with the Anasazi and Pueblo Indians, and then attracting western cultures with the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1600’s. The area served as an outpost for the country of Spain until it became part of Mexico following Spain’s relinquishing of the area, eventually becoming a U.S. territory in 1846 when it became an "outpost" for the U.S. Military.
nThe purpose of the project is to create a public art trail that connects the five culturally different communities from the rural east mountains to the primarily agricultural South Valley, to the highly urban center of the city, the mixed-use north valley to the primarily residential on the west mesa. These areas are enhanced by natural features: the Sandia mountain range to the east, Inactive volcanoes to the west, and the north/south running Rio Grande river through the valleys. The Arts Board wishes to incorporate high quality art pieces that stimulate conversation about public art in this region that attracts cultural tourism to our community while also stimulating the creative economy.
nThe sculptures should be approximately 15 feet in height with a 7 foot pedestrian clearance. Each sculpture needs to be attached to a metal pipe with a diameter of 6" that will be set into a cuff and base provided by Bernalillo County. Each art piece should have a structural lifetime of at least 25 years and be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the high altitude ultraviolet rays of the sun and high winds (sustained 35 miles an hour) in the spring. Please see attachment for footing and sculpture dimensions.
nAll artwork will be displayed on Alameda Boulevard (see attached aerials), between N. Guadalupe Trail and S Guadalupe Trail. This parcel of land functions as a park with an established pedestrian walking path, and exists in the corridor between the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park and the Bachechi Open Space - both highly visited tourist and local attractions within Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque.
nThe total budget for each sculpture will be $20,000. Bernalillo County will create and install the bases that the artwork will be secured to, thus the base dimensions must be strictly followed.
nTo be considered, artists must submit the following items:
n1) An artist's statement, not to exceed 1,000 words,
n2) A letter of intent, not to exceed1000 words, which includes a description of your ideas and the themes that will be addressed in your design, and proposed technique for application of designs.
n3) Up to 3 (three) preliminary design sketches which represents your idea for the project. Proposals which do not include preliminary design sketches will not be considered.
n4) Up to 7 (seven) digital images of past work.
n5) An annotated image key, clearly labeled with your full name and a numerical listing for each image, the title of the work, the media, dimensions, and year of completion.