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Gateway to Norwalk

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Connecticut
Entry Deadline: 4/14/14
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Gateway to Norwalk – Celebration of Public Art
Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Norwalk, Connecticut
Budget: $ 100,000
Submission deadline: April 14, 2014
The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Norwalk CT, invites all professional artists or teams of artists, with experience in executing public art projects to apply for a public art commission. Artists are asked to submit qualifications and design proposals for a permanent artwork(s) to be installed on the West Avenue Corridor, a public arterial linking downtown and south Norwalk (see site plan). This public art project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program, with matching funds from Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the City of Norwalk.
The West Avenue Corridor includes I-97/Route 7 overpasses and retaining walls. The commission will support design, creation, installation and maintenance of artwork on the concrete retaining wall in order to create a more hospitable point of connection between the neighborhoods of the nearby 16,000 residents and the 40,000 daily vehicle trips that pass through the corridor. This commission is one element in a larger master plan for the transformation of the West Avenue Corridor, which includes streetscaping, landscaping, bicycle lanes underpass and pedestrian lighting.
Proposals may include but are not limited to: murals, bas-relief sculpture, sculptural forma attached to the surface, tile works, optical installations, etc.  Proposals may address one or more sections of the wall, or the entire length of the wall site.
Lighting elements: Proposals should include details of lighting elements, either integrated into the art work or to illuminate the artwork. Energy efficient and alternative lighting technologies are encouraged. The site flanks the west wall of a busy, heavily trafficked thoroughfare; immature trees and overhanging foliage should be taken into account (see site photographs at
Thematic and visual connections to Norwalk’s history, culture people and heritage may be included but are not mandatory; contemporary and surprising designs are also encouraged.
Installation of the artwork(s) will be overseen by the artist or creative team, in collaboration with the City of Norwalk Department of Public Works, the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the Norwalk Arts Commission. The proposal should include plans for maintenance of the art work over an extended period of time. Low maintenance projects will be more competitive.
The artwork(s) should be appropriate for a general public audience, including children, and be compatible with the site. The artwork must hold up in a high traffic environment, resistant as much as possible to vandalism (damage, graffiti and theft) and extreme weather conditions. The design should discourage climbing and hiding so that it is safe for all ages. The proposal may be for an existing piece of a new fabrication. An artist may submit more than one application. There is no application fee.
Norwalk is a city in Fairfield CountyConnecticutUnited States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 85,603, making Norwalk sixth in population in Connecticut, and third in Fairfield County. The city is part of the New York metropolitan area.
Norwalk was purchased in 1640 by Roger Ludlow (1590–1664) an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist. He was active in the founding of the Colony of Connecticut, and helped draft laws for it and the nearby Massachusetts Bay Colony. He eventually also founded Fairfield and Norwalk before leaving New England entirely.
British forces under General William Tryon arrived on July 10, 1779 and almost completely destroyed Norwalk; only six houses were spared. Norwalk was chartered as a town on September 11, 1651.
In 1849 the New York and New Haven Railroad started operating through Norwalk. In 1852 the Danbury and Norwalk Railroad connected Norwalk with Danbury. Both railroads eventually became parts of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Oyster farming in Norwalk peaked from the late 19th century to the early part of the 20th century. By 1880, it had the largest fleet of steam-powered oyster boats in the world.
Norwalk was reincorporated as a borough in 1836, then reincorporated as a city in 1893 and was consolidated with the town of Norwalk in 1913. In the mid-1970s, the city government and several local organizations started successful efforts to revitalize the South Norwalk business district ("SoNo"). The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk was founded as part of that effort. Mathews Park, a public park close to the proposed site for the commission is home to the Lockwood-Mathews mansion Museum, a historic site, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
Submission Process
Individual artists or creative teams with experience in public art projects are eligible to apply. Submission requirements include a written proposal, a project budget, examples of past work and a CV.*required.
Up to five finalists will each receive a stipend of $2,500 for concept proposals, which may include models, macquettes, fully executed cartoons, digital simulations, etc. Finalist must be available to present their concepts in person the review panel in Norwalk, CT.
The submission and review process is being managed by the Center for Contemporary Printmaking on behalf of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the City of Norwalk. 
Deadline for submissions: Monday, April 14, 2014
Review of proposals/selection of finalists: April, 2014
Finalist interviews: May 2014 (TBD)
Fabrication /execution period: June – September, 2014
Installation begin date: October 1, 2014
Installation end date: October 30, 2014
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