Hillsborough County is interested in receiving submissions from sculptors interested in creating outdoor public artworks at eight parks located throughout the county. It is anticipated that multiple artists will be commissioned for the project and that selected artists may be awarded more than one commission.
The goal of the project is to identify and link Hillsborough County parks as destinations, and to celebrate the people, history and natural beauty of both Hillsborough County and the Florida Gulf Coast. Eight separate sites have been identified for the project, including trailheads, suburban passive parks and regional sports complexes. In the case a given artist is awarded multiple sites, each single commissioned work shall contribute to the identification of the local park as a place of significance in the community. In a second iteration (second casting), the individual works may be sited together to make a collective statement that reinforces the placemaking role of the individual works.
The call for artists specifies the following by-site budget:
- J.C. Handley Park, $60,000;
- Town and Country Commons Park and Senior Center, $50,000;
- Progress Village Complex, $60,000;
- Upper Tampa Bay Trail, $50,000;
- Fishhawk Sports Complex, $60,000;
- Oscar Cooler Park, $60,000;
- William Owens Pass Park, $60,000; and
- Upper Tampa Bay Trail Phase IV, $60,000.
Interested sculptors will be asked to demonstrate their ability to work with allegory, history, and/or contemporary themes in the development of their works. Submissions must be made electronically to PublicArt@hillsboroughcounty.org by 5:00 p.m., November 18, 2013.
A full project prospectus can be accessed through DemandStar-Onvia by calling (800) 711-1712 or at www.demandstar.com. Any artist requesting additional information, interpretation, and/or clarifications relating to this Call is asked to file a written request addressed to Dan Myers, Public Art Coordinator, P.O. Box 1110 (601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 23rd Floor), Tampa, Florida 33601.