SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bexar County has engaged the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) to assist with selecting an artist to create a permanent public artwork at the newly opened San Pedro Creek Culture Park in downtown San Antonio, TX. The Tricentennial Artwork will serve as a signature work of art for the Park and commemorate the Tricentennial of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. The County has set a budget of $425,000 for this opportunity which is open to all professional artists regardless of residence. The deadline to apply is August 30, 2018.
Bexar County seeks a dynamic work of art for Plaza de Fundación (Foundation Plaza), located between the flood control tunnel inlet and Santa Rosa Street in Phase 1.1. The plaza was selected because it is located at what is considered to be the founding of San Antonio – both the first Mission, San Antonio de Valero, and the Presidio de Bejar were founded on San Pedro Creek. This artwork should emphasize the historic importance of San Pedro Creek and convey the story and culture of Bexar County and San Antonio. The site offers a unique opportunity to create a landmark for San Pedro Creek Culture Park, which has dramatically transformed the west side of downtown San Antonio.
The artwork commissioned for this site will be an iconic representation of San Antonio’s unity and diversity by honoring its past and embodying its future. The artwork should: be compelling and aesthetically excellent; commemorate the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Bexar County and San Antonio; celebrate San Pedro Creek’s culture and history by referring to its story with an authentic voice; bring to life imagery that speaks to diversity, inclusivity, tradition, and the future of our community; create excitement and interest from the community; and endure the climate of this area, the flooding nature of the creek and a variety of linear park public uses.
The Tricentennial Artwork budget includes but is not limited to: all artist design and project management fees; travel; models and renderings of artwork; fabrication, transportation, and installation of artwork; and all required insurance and permits. Additionally, a stipend of $2,500 will be provided to finalists selected during the competitive selection process.
An Artist Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) at the San Antonio River Authority main office located at 100 E. Guenther Street, San Antonio, TX 78204. To join the meeting remotely, please log in from a computer, tablet or smartphone at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/296286829 using access code: 296-286-829. Attendees can also dial in using your phone at 646-749-3122.
Artists interested in being considered should submit the following materials no later than 2:00 pm (Central Time) on August 30, 2018, through www.PublicArtist.org, an online application system. The application can be accessed by visiting www.sara-tx.org under “Contracting Opportunities” or www.spcculturepark.com under the “Art” tab.
Bexar County and SARA will administer a competitive selection process among interested artists that includes stakeholder reviews, with final approval by Bexar County Commissioners Court.
For more information about the artist information meeting, please contact Carrie Brown with SARA at email@example.com.
San Pedro Creek Culture Park
Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, are partnering to transform San Pedro Creek into a world-class linear park that represents the cultural identity of our community and inspires the people of Bexar County. To learn more about the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, visit the project website at www.spcculturepark.com.