Call for Artists - Northfield Uplands Park, Stapleton
Denver Arts & Venues seeks to commission an artist or an artist team to create a site-specific artwork for the Northfield Uplands Park Project in Stapleton. The project is open to all artists in the U.S. working in all media and materials.
Applications must be submitted on www.callforentry.org by 11:59 pm MDT on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
With the passage of the 2007 Better Denver Bond Program, the City and County of Denver is implementing more than 175 projects to improve, preserve, renovate and build new roads, libraries, parks, hospitals, public safety facilities, cultural facilities and more. One of the most significant Better Denver Bond projects for the Stapleton area is the Central Park Boulevard (CPB)/I-70 Interchange that is providing a strong connection between the residential and mixed-use development in south Stapleton and the continued development of Northfield and rest of Stapleton north of I-70. This is the funding source for the Northfield Uplands Park project.
Public Art Opportunities for the Northfield Uplands Park
The area of interest is the linear park stretching from Trenton Street on the west to Willow Street where it turns south to Northfield Boulevard; specifically the Northfield Uplands Park. These open spaces lend themselves to artwork composed of multiple elements, or artwork that relates to the different type of environments, nature, recreation or sustainability in this urban community.
General Criteria for This Project
- The artwork will be complementary to its location in a residential neighborhood with an adjacent elementary school.
- The artwork must not interfere with or hinder the purpose and function of pedestrian, bike or automobile traffic. It should not distract drivers with flashing lights.
- Stapleton has adopted a Master Plan for Lighting including a “dark skies” initiative that addresses concerns for light pollution and energy efficiency as well as safety and security.
- Stapleton sees itself now as an urban community and does not welcome imagery which references its former use as an airport.
- Concerns for sustainability demand that the artwork must be designed to be durable and to require minimal and low-cost maintenance. Artwork would need to be able to withstand the intense sun, snow, wind and temperature extremes and fluctuations characteristic of the Denver area.
- The artwork must comply with rules, regulations and guidelines of the City and County of Denver applicable to this site.
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