The City of Sebastopol and its Public Arts Committee (PAC) is seeking proposals for a South Entry Sculpture for the design, fabrication, and installation of a permanent, original public art suitable. It will be placed at the trailhead of the Joe Rodota Trail on Petaluma Avenue, which also marks the entry to Sebastopol’s downtown. They are seeking proposals from professional artists & artist teams living in the State of California. The commissioned art will have a budget of $25,000 from the City’s Art in-lieu fund.
The City is open to a range of proposals. There is no set theme or medium. However, durability of materials and construction is of great importance for this public art project as this will be a permanent installation. Generally, potential opportunities and considerations associated with the project may include:
- Site-specific design that reflects the community
- Foster a sense of beauty, multi-layered meaning, or have other compelling attributes
- Be appropriate for a public space
- Help create attractive public places
- Be durable, safe, and low-maintenance
- Enhance the pedestrian environment
- Foster cultural understanding
- Highlight local history, culture, or environment
- The Public Arts Committee will select up to three finalists; these artists/artist teams will be asked to further develop their proposal to the public. A $1,000 honorarium will be provided to the finalists who are selected and choose to continue the process.
- This competition is open to artists/artist teams living in the State of California. For purposes of this request, ‘artist’ or ‘professional artist’ means a practitioner in the visual arts, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional of serious intent and ability.
- Artists who are immediate family or business partners of members of the Public Arts Committee, City Council, or City staff are not eligible.