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Florida Blue Garage-Pocket Park Sculpture Opportunity
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Entry Deadline: 3/26/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 4, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 4, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Proposals
Eligibility: Regional
State: Florida
Event Dates: 0/0/00 - 0/0/00

Florida Blue, via the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s City of Jacksonville Public Art Program, is accepting proposals from Northeast Florida sculptural artists (and artist teams pairing a 2D creator with a 3D fabricator) for a three-dimensional, public art piece which will front the parking infrastructure enhancements recently completed by Florida Blue at 800 Forest Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 in the Brooklyn neighborhood near Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. It is important the finished artwork for this project be viewable from Forest Street and assist in enhancing this redeveloping neighborhood and its new parking garage – now open to the public annually, after 6pm on weekdays and 24 hours per day on weekends.

Art themes desired for inclusion are health, vitality, tranquility, and unity. The sculpture should stand a minimum of 12’ in height, including the base, and kinetic submissions are favorable.

Northeast Florida artists (or artist teams) are defined as artists living and working in the State of Florida counties including Duval, Baker, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, Union, and Bradford.

We are looking for Northeast Florida sculptural artists (or artist teams pairing a 2D creator with a fabricator) able to produce a concept design and fabrication documents for the creation of a three-dimensional work of art that evokes one or all of the themes desired for inclusion: health, vitality, tranquility (peace of mind), and or unity.  For this project, having a three-dimensional artwork style and track record is not mandatory. Painters, graphic artists, and other artists who typically work in 2D are encouraged to team up with a fabricator who can prove his/her track record creating and installing mid-large scale, outdoor, sculptural work.  CONTACT THE CULTURAL COUNCIL PUBLIC ART TEAM FOR REFERRALS TO FABRICATORS SHOULD YOU NEED THIS ASSISTANCE.

Florida Blue and the Public Art Program stand behind equal opportunity and the support of artists from diverse backgrounds. We encourage minority artists working and living in Northeast Florida (definition above) to apply.

Artists (or artist teams) will submit their project sketch/rendering, portfolio, CV, an artist statement, letter of interest, references, and any other relevant information to establish their project concept. From this, the Florida Blue Artist Selection Committee - comprised of company and public art staff as well as neighborhood stakeholders - will choose the final artist’s concept most qualified for this project to join the Public Art Program project management team. 

Facilitated by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, the intent of the City of Jacksonville’s Public Art Program is to utilize public art as a catalyst to ignite Jacksonville, Florida’s identity and civic pride by creatively highlighting all the region has to offer: natural resources, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, healthy living assets, and a rich and varied history. Please visit for works from our permanent public art collection.

The budget for the completed artwork and its components is up to $75,000, included, but not limited to, all expenses related to art project completion, site preparation, design fees, materials, engineering, fabrication costs, documentation, transportation, installation, and travel. The Public Art Program project management team will assist Florida Blue in the allotment of monies in the final budget to address all necessary design components to achieve the desired transformation at the site. Budgeted amounts are projections only and may change at the discretion of Florida Blue. The final design will be subject to the engineering limitations of the site.

This call is open to all Northeast Florida-based professional artists. The Cultural Council, Public Art Program staff, Cultural Council Board, Art in Public Places Committee members, the Florida Blue Artist Selection Committee, or their immediate families, are not eligible to apply for this project.

The Florida Blue Artist Selection Committee will review submitted project proposals, artist applications, and images of prior works accomplished and installed, and select the finalist for the project. The Public Art Program project management team will facilitate the project and Florida Blue will contract with the artist (or artist team) directly for payment.

Northeast Florida-based artists (or an artist team) who don't have experience in sculpture fabrication can team up with a fabricator to produce and install the final work of art. The artist or artist team will be selected on the basis of the following criteria, as evidenced in application materials and conversations with listed references: artistic merit in design and fabrication;  vision to incorporate the desired themes into the submitted project concept and demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget. Florida Blue and the Public Art Program stand behind equal opportunity and the support of artists from diverse backgrounds. We encourage minority artists working and living and working in Northeast Florida to apply.

Artists (or artist teams) must demonstrate the ability to translate an artistic concept into materials that are appropriate for public space, taking into consideration maintenance, safety and longevity. The longevity or lifespan of each work and its maintenance to sustan excellent condition will be discussed at the outset of negotiations to produce a Maintenance Plan. The artist (or artist team) will take this into account, including warrantee, when developing and executing the required work.


For additional information, please contact:
Jen Jones Murray, Public Art Program Interim Director, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville                                        

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