Snowmass seeks proposals for new piece of public art |

Snowmass seeks proposals for new piece of public art

It could be an artist’s dream – a chance to put one’s work on permanent public display in a delightful setting. But don’t dally – the deadline for proposals is Thursday.

The Arts Advisory Board is seeking applicants for a public art project in Snowmass Village. Anyone may enter.

The winning applicant will exhibit his or her work permanently along scenic Brush Creek as it flows through town.

When it comes to selecting the works of art to be placed throughout the community, the town prefers public art which is interactive, family-oriented, educational and/or historical. The work must be able to endure extreme weather conditions. Above all, the town encourages creative expression since public art taps into a sense of collective pride, said Jim Baker, chairman of the Arts Advisory Board.

“They’ll probably pay more attention to proposals that are more specific to the site than a generic, man-on-a-horse-made-out-of-Bronze thing,” Baker said. “The advisory board did some planning about what was most important in the village and one of the key things was public art – getting smart pieces out there.”

The town is funding the project at $10,000 a year for a single project, including production, artists’ fees and installation; or $5,000 for two projects. “It can be any material but it must be permanent – it can’t fall apart in the weather,” said Baker.

The work of art must also complement the environment. The chosen site is along a formerly degraded section of Brush Creek that has been the focus of a stream enhancement project. The town is repairing the sunken, eroded, brush-choked creek bed with placement of boulders, new vegetation and newly created pools for fish habitat.

“They’re also developing an art walk from the Mall down to Anderson Ranch and this streambed will be part of that. I think the long-term plan is to put sculptures all along it,” said Baker.

Interested artists should contact Jennifer Wirth at the town offices.

“Ideally, they should include a general, rough sketch of what they have in mind for that site. It should be permanent, kid-friendly, embracing the community, but also something that is exciting with a little edge to it – something inventive,” Baker advised. “The idea would be something made for that site. It would be good if they saw that site. When they cull it down to the very top proposals, they’ll ask for more information from the artists.”

Applications should include: the artist’s personal biography; slides of five different pieces of competed artwork (numbered one through five and labeled with artist’s name and “top” at the top of each slide); information corresponding to the submitted slides indicating the slide number, title of the work, year completed, medium and work’s dimensions; a preliminary concept sketch and/or descriptive paragraph which addresses the proposed project and the cost (this does not constitute a formal proposal and doesn’t bind an artist should the proposal be chosen. Proposals should include a return envelope with sufficient postage unless the materials are to be picked up. Every effort will be made to ensure the safe handling of submitted materials.

Entries must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than July 15 to the Snowmass Village offices at: P.O. Box 5010; Snowmass Village, CO 81615.

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