Call For Artist – REACH SenseFence Project



Call for Artist
REACH SenseFence Project

Deadline to submit: July 5, 2016

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We are excited to announce a request for proposals for the first metal sculpture installation of our “SenseFence” Sense of Place project.  Many thanks to the Lansing Area Economic Partnership (LEAP), the City of Lansing, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and Friedland Industries for making this first installation possible!

REACH Studio Art Center’s “SenseFence” project will be a permanent 70 foot, artist made, interactive sculpture fence along the public alley behind REACH.  Inspired by Old Town Scrapfest sculptures, the work of LA artist, James Naish and an interactive urban park in Highland Park, CA (York Park), SenseFence will be a combination of metal, concrete and wood and include parts that can be moved or manipulated to make sounds, and invite sensory play.

REACH is seeking a metal sculpture artist to create an interactive sculpture for the REACH “SenseFence” project.  The total budget for fabricating the sculptural work of art, including installation cost, all materials, and artist compensation will be $5000.  Friedland Industries has generously agreed to provide some materials for the sculpture.  The sculpture must be complete and ready for final installation no later than August 30, 2016.  Installation should be complete by September 25, 2016 and ready for an unveiling on September 28, 2016.

Interested artists should submit the following to be considered:

  1. A resume, portfolio and/or artist vitae documenting past experience in metal-working and sculpture.
  2. A brief cover letter expressing why this project is of interest to you.
  3. A list of at least 2 references from past clients.
  4. Descriptions and sketches of ideas for an interactive metal sculpture to be placed adjacent to the alley and next to the sidewalk. The sculpture may also include an entry arch over the side walk entrance to courtyard.  Installation site is pictured above.

Considerations for being chosen:

  • All materials for consideration are submitted by deadline: July 5th
  • Proposed work of art should be:
    • Interactive (parts can be manipulated, safely and durably, by children and patrons in wheelchairs)
    • Primarily metal, of high quality, and built to withstand heavy use and severe weather
    • Practical to install and installable by the artist
    • Inviting, pleasing to the eye, and family friendly
  • Documented ability to complete projects on time and be flexible in working with REACH staff for final plan.
  • Artist should carry own insurance policy.
  • Ability to incorporate youth art into sculpture not required but is an option.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by REACH staff and community representatives.  Artists will be notified by July 11, 2016.

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