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"Call for Artists: Third Sculpture Symposium in Putaendo, Chile"
2002-09-13 until 2002-10-30
Cart Cemetery Sculpture Park
Putaendo, Quinta Región, , CL Chile

The Cart Cemetery Sculpture Park Association, sponsored by FONDART (Chilean National Arts Endowment, project nr. 144085) is currently offering fifteen residencies (twelve for sculptors, two for muralists and one for juvenile art educators) for the period from February 2- 23. The goal of the Putaendo Sculpture Symposia is to bring together prominent sculptors who, in collaboration with novel artists, will contribute to the expansion of the Cart Cemetery Sculpture Park, a non-profit association created in April of 2000. Concurrently, muralists-in-residence will continue the work previously done by artists in the streets of Putaendo, and an artistic activity will be organized with the participation of the local young people.

The Cart Cemetery Sculpture Park: the concept of public art: The sculptures contained in the Sculpture Park are located on an open terrace, where they share their space with herds of goats, on the outskirts of the town of Putaendo, a farming community of some 10,000 inhabitants. The works of art in the Sculpture Park form part of the daily lives of the local population. The process of artistic creation, which takes place outdoors, allows the townspeople to develop a personal relationship with the work of art. After three weeks of intense labor, the artists leave and Putaendo returns to its longstanding activities, but the sculptures remain.

In keeping with our definition of public art, the works created in this manner are not simply the expression of the artists’ esthetic impulses, but are rooted in environmental, social and cultural issues as well.

For Putaendo, the Sculpture Park has represented a unique way for townspeople to become familiar with contemporary works of art, a powerful source of local pride and identity, and the possibility for many young people to become involved in a community development project.

Theme of the Third Sculpture Symposium:

The general theme of the Sculpture Park is "Time and the Cart." Artists are invited to present proposals for works related to this general topic in whatever material or medium they choose. Required Application documents:

1- CV
2- Three slides or photographs of works completed during the last five years
3- A description of the proposed work, including a detailed sketch
4- A list of materials needed
5- A letter of application explaining the applicant's interest in participating in the Sculpture Symposium and specifying the financial support which the artist will be receiving from his or her professional affiliation or organization.

These documents should be received no later than October 30, 2002. They will be reviewed by the Artistic Committee, whose decision will be announced on November 30, 2002.

Terms and conditions of the residencies:
- All works created during the III Sculpture Symposium will be donated to the Sculpture Park.
- The Park will supply food, lodging, and local transportation.
- Artists are expected to provide their own transportation to and from Santiago de Chile.
- The Park will provide the machine tools and larger equipment as well as the materials.
- Artists are encouraged to bring their own hand tools.
- Assistants will be assigned to visiting artists (subject to availability).

Application documents should be submitted to the Organizing Committee of the III Sculpture Symposium (Comité Organizador del III Encuentro Escultórico de Putaendo), at the following e-mail addresses: carretas@putaendo.com (general); maribel@putaendo.com (coordinator); ricardo@putaendo.com (technical committee)

Documents may also be sent by surface mail to the following address:

Parque Escultórico Cementerio de Carretas
San Martín 773
Putaendo, Quinta Región

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