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Art in Public Places, Bend OR: Mt Washington and Simpson Roundabout

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Oregon
Entry Deadline: 6/21/12
Application Closed
Media Images:4

Art in Public Places (AiPP) on behalf of a public art initiative for the city of Bend, Oregon seeks to commission a permanent large scale work of art for the roundabout (traffic circle) at Mt. Washington Drive & Simpson in Bend, Oregon.

LOCATION/CONTEXT: The roundabout (traffic circle) will be located at the intersection of Mt. Washington Drive & Simpson. The roundabout will be constructed from June-September 2012. Mt. Washington Drive is a busy street for accessing several residential neighborhoods.

The roundabout is just outside the entrance to the Broken Top neighborhood. Relatively nearby the roundabout is an elementary and middle school, The Bulletin newspaper offices and Century Drive which is the road to Mt. Bachelor.
Mt. Washington Drive is often part of the race course for various bike races and runs in Bend.

PROJECT INTENT/THEME: The committee will evaluate all submissions based on artistic merit, and artist's past experience, and the ability of the artist to work in large scale. Given the varied nature of the artwork in other Bend roundabouts, ranging from traditional representations of wildlife to abstract works to kinetic sculptures, there are no restrictions on artistic interpretation. To view examples of existing roundabout sculptures, visit

SITE: The roundabout will be built during Summer 2012. The center island of the roundabout is 68 ft. across. The placement of the sculpture (avoiding one underground utility line and traffic site lines) is relatively open within the roundabout. Landscaping will be added at the end and the winning artist will have input on plant material placement.

MEDIA/STYLE/SIZE: The work of art must be fabricated in durable, permanent, outdoor media that is safe, easily maintained, and has proven its viability in public artworks. The roundabout requires a large scale work of art.

PROJECT FUNDS: The funds available for the commission of a work of art shall not exceed $100,000, for the roundabout at Mt. Washington Drive & Simpson. The funds are made available through a matching program of Art in Public Places funded by Brooks Resources and their philanthropic arm the Bend Foundation. Individuals, businesses, the Celebrate Bend Foundation and the City of Bend have donated the funds for this project. The donated funds are matched at the 100% level by Brooks Resources, a local real estate developer and the Bend Foundation.

OWNERSHIP: The completed and installed sculpture becomes the property of the City of Bend. The Artist shall retain copyright to the work and will grant Art in Public Places and the City of Bend a license to display the work and create and distribute reproductions of the work, including digital and photographic images, for archival or promotional purposes.

APPLICATION/SELECTION PROCESS: This is an open competition for professional artists residing in the Northwest United States, specifically the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada and Northern California. A team of artists is welcome to apply and the submitted images must reflect the collaborative work of the team players. One application per artist or team.

DEADLINE: The application, images and other required materials must be submitted electronically by midnight (Mountain Time, which is one hour later than Pacific Time) on Thursday, June 21.

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT: Artist must submit the following items for the project:

1. A current resume including statements regarding your artwork/art education. Brief exhibition records only.

2. A total of 4 artwork images are required. (Please note medium, dimensions, location, and price.)

3. A statement of interest in the project is required. (Please express your initial ideas on the work of art you'll propose for the roundabout at Mt. Washington Drive & Simpson.)

QUESTIONS/FOLLOWUP: Questions about the project may be directed to Marcelene Trujillo via email to


APPLICATION DUE: Thursday, June 21, 2012

Notification of Finalists: Late June 2012

Presentation of Models/Proposals by Finalists: Mid-Late August 2012

Selection: September 2012

Installation: Spring-Summer 2013
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