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Chicago Tree Project

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Illinois
Event Dates: 5/1/20 - 8/31/20
Entry Deadline: 3/6/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6

Request for Proposals (RFP):  Chicago Tree Project

Chicago Sculpture International, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, is seeking experienced artists and artist teams to give dying trees in Chicago parks new life. This RFP seeks an experienced artist (or artist team) to turn the tree into a sculpture:  beautiful, original, unique works of art that will become a distinguishing feature in the neighborhood. The approach can be additive and/or subtractive. The trees will be approximately 16-30 ft. tall and may include main side branches. Past projects can be seen at


CSI will provide the tree/site scaffold and a fence around the site during construction for a one-month period (artists can apply for an extension).  Due to the condemned nature of the tree, the CPD reserves the right to remove it at their discretion.


Please keep in mind the following criteria:

  • Your approach will not compromise the integrity of the tree.
  • Objects created will not help people to climb the trees or cause attached objects to fall or need maintenance.
  • Before you work on the tree, any branches less than 8” in diameter will get cut, as well as any branches that extend 6’ beyond the trunk of the tree.


You may propose two concepts, but only one will be accepted. In other words, in the section in which you describe your proposed project(s), describe one or two concepts. Selected artists will be notified of an available tree that matches their concept drawing.

For this RFP, each artist should submit qualifications that address projects of similar scale. We are looking for evidence that the artist is comfortable working with the appropriate equipment and at heights required for this project. Selected artists must follow safety criteria and are encouraged to complete an OSHA scaffolding certification course.  Liability insurance must also be in place while working on the project.

Stipend: $3,500 paid on completion of the tree sculpture

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:59 pm CST


**Submit a maximum of 6 digital images.  At least one of the images should be a mock-up/drawing of your proposed tree sculpture.  Other images should be samples of relevant past work.  It should be clear which images are of your proposal as opposed to past work.**


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