Call Detail

Town of Davidson: Sensory Garden for Roosevelt Wilson Park
Kim Fleming
P.O. Box 579
Davidson, NC 28036

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: North Carolina
Entry Deadline: 4/1/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
LOCATION/CONTEXT: Roosevelt Wilson Park is located on Griffith Street, the main arterial road into the Town of Davidson. It is a small, but well-used, park and contains playground equipment, a picnic shelter, restrooms, benches, and a one-acre pond with a fountain. Elementary school children walk to the park for recess on an almost-daily basis and residents from the surrounding neighborhoods walk to the park with their children to play. A multi-year enhancement plan for the park is underway, including new pathways, boardwalks, landscaping, and improved playground features.


​SITE: The town wishes to commission an artist or small team to create a sculptural sensory garden. The town has not chosen a specific site in the park for the artwork and is open to suggestions from artists selected for a site visit. The final decision must be approved by the Davidson Public Art Commission.

​MEDIA/STYLE/SIZE: Works must be fabricated in durable, permanent, outdoor media that is safe, easily maintained, and has proven its viability in public artworks. All artwork must be original. All forms of media that are appropriate and complementary to the park will be considered.

​PROJECT FUNDS: The funds are made available through the Town of Davidson. This includes Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council funds, town funds derived from the prepared food and occupancy tax, and private donations. A budget not to exceed $80,000 is available for one or more artworks and the surrounding landscaping. The total contract amount includes all applicable expenses, including but not limited to design fees, execution, insurance, contigency and incidental costs, transportation, site preparation, landscaping and installation of the artwork selected. Projects proposed that exceed the budget will not be considered.

​APPLICATION?SELECTION PROCESS: This call for artists is an open competition for professional artists from the southeast and east coast who have experience in producing and installing successful public art projects and sensory gardens.

​The committee will evaluate responses to this call based on the artists' past experience, including examples of similar works completed by the artist, statements articulating experience creating such projects, and references. From this call, the Davidson Public Art Commission will skype/interview a limited number of semi-finalists before bringing a few artists to Davidson for a site visit. These artists will be asked to create a proposal. If multiple semi-finalists are selected, they may be required to develop more specific preliminary proposals prior to final selections. If so, a stipend will be paid.
​A detailed budget will be required of artists selected as semi-finalists. The detailed budget must include all expenditures in connection with the execution of the project. (Prior to submitting a proposal, it is recommended that the artists perpare such a budget to ensure the project can be executed as presented.)
​One artist will ultimately be selected to develop the design, fabricate and install the artwork.
​Town staff will oversee operations and administer the decisions of the jury panel.
The artist will be required to carry general liability insurance.
​The Town of Davidson reserves the right to withdraw from the project prior to such time as a contract is formally entered into with the artist. Contract provisions will apply subsequent to the agreement to such by both parties.

DEADLINE: The application, images and other required materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) on April 1, 2018.

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT: Artist must submit the following items:
​1. A current resume including statements regarding your artwork/art education.
2. A statement of interest in the project is required. (If you wish, you can express your initial ideas on the work of art you, but it is not required.)
​3. Three (3) references from clients on similar projects.
4. A minimum of 3 and up to 6 artwork images are required. (Please not medium, dimensions, location, and cost. Submissions without cost information will be rejected.)

​QUESTIONS/FOLLOW UP: Questions about the project may be directed to Kim Fleming, Economic Development Manager,, (704)940-9622.


​Responses due: April 1, 2018

​Notification of finalists: by April 30, 2018

​Presentation of Models/Proposals by: May 2018 (anticipated)

Selection: June 2018 anticipated

Installation: preferred by December 2018 but negotiable
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