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City of Little Rock, Arkansas: Riverfront Park Grand Entrance Sculpture

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Arkansas
Entry Deadline: 1/7/20
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Media Images:6

Entry Fee (City of Little Rock, Arkansas: Riverfront Park Grand Entrance Sculpture): $5.00

Public Art Installation - 2020

Commission Budget:  up to $140,000

Media: Mixed Media, 3-D, Free Standing, Appropriate for Outdoor Space

Sculpture at the River Market (“Company”) announces a public art commission. 

The proposed site should be and will be the focal point of the newly redesigned entrance into Riverfront Park from Clinton Avenue.  The proposed sculpture should be bold in its appearance and act as an attraction to bring people into the park.  It will be a magnet luring people into the park and also help them become acclimated to using all the other amenities in the park especially the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden.

The design of the sculpture and the utilization of the space can take on any characteristic that your mind can construct.  It can be intimate, bold, or traditional.  There is no
pre-conceived idea of how this space can be enhanced.

Learn more about the site and the commission HERE.

Sculpture at the River Market (“Company”) announces a public art commission. This project will be placed in Riverfront Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Funds for the project have been raised and escrowed for this purpose. 

Public Art Component

Artists interested are asked to propose a visually interesting, safe, three-dimensional public art piece as a newly designed or existing sculpture. Sculpture at the River Market (“Company”) with the City’s approval has determined the exact placement of the art piece. See site photograph, drawing, and description. 

The piece should be three-dimensional, durable, easily maintained and free standing. Artists must address engineering, construction, installation, and maintenance standards as well. The winning Artist will be required to submit a stamped structural engineer's drawing of the sculpture itself, the sculpture's footing and base including the attachment of the sculpture. The structural engineer must hold an Arkansas license; many structural engineers hold multi-state licenses. This shall be submitted before the payment of the second installment. The art piece must be fabricated with bolting or attachment to a concrete surface or a suitably designed footing. The Artist shall be responsible for the design of the required footings (engineering) for the sculpture and give the plans to the Sculpture at the River Market, (“Company”); the City of Little Rock will prepare the site for installation, and the Artist will assist the City with the installation.  

Selection Process

After proposals are received by the January 7, 2020 deadline, “Company” will select three proposals as semifinalists.  On January 28, 2020, a notification will be sent to all artists who submitted a proposal announcing the 3 semifinalists. The 3 semifinalists will be required to travel to Little Rock, Arkansas to present their proposals to the Sculpture at the River Market Committee on February 20, 2020.  A $350 airline ticket stipend will be given to each semifinalist. The 3 semifinalists will be notified of the winner by February 24, 2020.


Any Artist is eligible to submit a proposal. Artists shall be capable of providing insurance, materials, supplies, and any other items or support necessary for their proposal. All costs of preparing the proposal are the sole responsibility of the participating Artists.  


The project budget is up to $140,000. The budget must include all costs related to the design, engineering, materials, fabrication, travel expenses (artists shall be present for installation) required insurance and shipping and installation of the artwork, excluding the cost of a crane if needed. “Company’s” committee will review all budgets with a keen eye for value. If deemed necessary by the “Company”, a committee representative will call Artist to better understand the submitted expenses. The “Company” retains the right to reject any submission for any reason in its sole and absolute discretion.

The commission payment schedule will be as follows: 

Installment 1:  One half of the project budget (50%) will be presented to the Artist when the Artist and Company sign the contract.

Installment 2: The second installment is 25% of the budget. Prior to this installment being paid to the Artist, the Artist shall submit a stamped structural engineer's drawing on the sculpture itself, the sculpture's footing and base including the attachment of the sculpture to them. Once the Artist has provided this documentation, the installment will be made when the piece goes to the Foundry or Fabricator for completion. Artist must present a current photograph of the piece to “Company” for review.

Installment 3: The final installment is 25% of the budget, which will be presented to the Artist upon installation of the piece; such installation must be completed on or before the deadline of  December 1, 2020.

 Materials to be submitted by Artist

The Artist is asked to submit 6 images.  They are to be divided as below:
    3 images of the proposed sculpture (the first three file uploads)
    3 images of the artist's recent works. (the last three file uploads)

An Artist’s submission may be eliminated from the voting process if the application is incomplete.

Selection Scoring:

 a) The overall strength of the design concept – 55%

• Appropriateness of the artwork to site in terms of scale, form, content, and materials.

•  The ability of Artist to complete artwork based on past experience.

•  Feasibility and ease of installation.

b) The durability of the design – 30%

•  Dependability of artwork relative to theft, vandalism, and the environment.

•  Ease of maintenance and safety.

 c) Clarity and completeness of proposal – 15%

•  Illustrations/designs should be at least 80% complete and include actual media, colors & dimensions of the proposed artwork.


All publicity for sculpture and installation will be led and coordinated by the “Company” in conjunction with the City of Little Rock and Artist. 


The “Company” reserves the right to terminate this project at any time, without notice.  Selection as a finalist does not constitute a contract between the selected Artist and the “Company” and is not a guarantee or a right to enter into a contract. Artists not complying with these contest rules may be subject to disqualification, without notice. 

Please direct any questions to: Dena Daniel

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