Call Detail
Temporary Public Art - Trailhead Project

Entry Deadline: 6/5/20
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 15
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: California

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking artist(s) for its Temporary Public Art program. Four selected sculptural pieces will be located on concrete pads along the trail system. Sculptures will be displayed on temporary loan for three years, creating a rotating collection of public art. The budget for this project is $5,000 per artist.

This call for entry is requesting a maximum of one sculpture for consideration per artist.

  • There is no required “theme.”
  • Creativity and innovation of design are encouraged.
  • Sculpture must be an original design.
  • Sculpture must be suitable for viewing by all ages.
  • Sculpture may not be used for advertisement or to promote business, product, or viewpoint.
  • Designs must not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, business names, corporate or organizational branding or images of drugs.
  • Sculpture can be of any medium, but artists should consider structural and surface soundness and materials that can withstand outside and uncovered weather conditions as well as inherent resistance to theft, vandalism and excessive maintenance and repair costs. Artists will be required to outline in their proposal, the history with the material as well as a suggested maintenance schedule.

  • Sculpture must fit on pre-determined concrete pad. Pad measures 120” by 120” with a usable corner-to-corner space of 96” by 96”. A horizontal base could use the maximum length of the base if its width is within the dimensions.
  • Sculptures should be no less than 6’ and no more than 15’ in height on their excluding the base.
  • Sculptures should weigh no more than 3,000 pounds.
  • Sculpture must be installed in a manner with sufficient anchoring to prevent the sculpture from being removed, tipped, broken or overturned due to wind or an earthquake.

The City of Santa Clarita reserves the right to review the artist(s) proposed installation plans and may request additional information from a California licensed engineer (hired by the artist) to address safety concerns the City may have.
  • An area on or near the artwork will be specified for use in presenting a plaque that indicates the name of the artist.
  • All sculptures must be designed with tabs (anchorage) or other devices that can be utilized to easily secure the artwork to the concrete pads. The concrete pads may not be altered in any way to accommodate the artwork, except for the anchorage locations. These tabs or other devices must already be secured to the sculpture.
  • Power for the sculpture itself is not available onsite. If the sculpture requires power then it is suggested that it include a solar component.
  • Artwork must be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the desert (high winds and extreme temperatures).
  • Sculptures must comply with standard engineering practices and requirements.
  • Each artwork will be evaluated to require that it does not present a hazard to public safety and must conform to ADA standards.
  • A $5,000 honorarium will be provided for each selected artwork for a three-year period. The City will collect a 25% commission on the artwork sold during that period. A contract will be executed prior to installation.
  • Accepted artwork that differs significantly from artwork represented will be disqualified.

Application Due: May 31, 2020 **Extended to Friday, June 5, 2020**
  • Selections made by Artist Selection Committee – 4 sculptures June/July 2020
  • Arts Commission and City Council review and approval of selections August 2020
  • Selected artists notified September 2020

LOCATIONS: The four identified locations will be on the trail system. Click here for locations:

BUDGET: A $5,000 honorarium will be provided for each selected artwork. The full payment will occur after the project has been installed. The honorarium will include:
  • Artist is responsible for the delivery and pick-up of artwork per scheduled date.
  • The artist is required to provide installation instructions and a maintenance guide for proper care of the artwork.
  • Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, and transportation.
  • Artist is responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.
  • The selected artist will be required to include insurance coverage for the installation period only.
  • If a protective coating to address environmental or vandalism concerns is deemed necessary, this must be covered by the artist.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit an individual or collaborative artist application. 

TO APPLY: The required materials must be submitted electronically by midnight (PST), Sunday, May 31, 2020 through CaFE (
1. Artist Statement 
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
3. A maximum of one sculpture for consideration per artist
4. Up to five (5) images of proposed sculpture
5. Description of the sculpture must include: material(s), dimensions, previously shown location and dates (if applicable), and maintenance
6. Artist statement Portfolio: 2-5 images of proposed work. Image files should be labeled with last name, first name and number indicating your preferred viewing order. For example; John Doe would be saved as doejohn1.jpg.

  • Visual impact
  • Interpretation and creativity
  • Composition and design
  • Craftsmanship
  • Design criteria and eligibility guidelines met

ARTIST RESOURCES / SANTA CLARITA COMMUNITY: Links regarding the community and history of the Santa Clarita area:
FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information about the prospectus, please contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events division at or (661) 250-3787.

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