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"Call for Artists: Public Art for Downtown Lafayette, Indiana"
2007-06-21 until 2007-09-01
City of Lafayette
Lafayette, IN, USA United States of America

Lafayette Courthouse Square Public Art Project: The Office of Community Development and Redevelopment for the City of Lafayette will be installing the second phase of streetscape improvements on two of the remaining three sides of downtown Lafayette’s courthouse square this summer. The first phase of streetscape development was completed last year on the Columbia Street “model block”. Streetscape improvements include designated pads along the sidewalks for installation of sculptural artwork. Aesthetically spaced between honey locust trees, pads with temporary pavers will be available to anchor artwork below ground or onto custom-poured concrete pads, as required for installation.

Scope of Work

Up to three artworks will be selected through a juried competition by the Public Art Committee. The selected artists will agree to loan the artwork for a minimum of 24 months with ownership rights remaining with the artists. At the completion of the loan period the City will have the option to purchase the piece.

Artists are encouraged to be creative in their selection of materials while considering safety and maintenance requirements common to publicly accessible works of art. Artworks must withstand outdoor elements and a public environment for the duration of the exhibit. Electrical conduit is available for lighted or kinetic pieces.


Please submit either a 3D Model, detailed sketch of proposed artwork , or a JPEG file (up to 8 MB) all with a complete description. Sculptural work can be free-standing or inlaid. 3D Models should not exceed 12”W x 12” L x 12” H. Submission materials will not be mailed back to artists. Arrangements can be made for artists to pick-up submissions if requested in the application. Please label all submission materials with artist contact information including name, address, phone number and email. Please provide a brief description of the work, title, overall dimensions, weight, proposed materials and installation specifications.


Streetscape base sites for the artwork measure 6’ wide, along the curb by 4’ deep, perpendicular to the curb. A detailed plan is available upon request.


A minimum 7’ clearance must be maintained for pedestrians to walk below artwork, where it extends beyond the base. City of Lafayette Engineers will review the design for safety and recommend modifications if necessary.

Artist Fee

Artists are compensated for the loan period of up to $4,000 which is intended as an honorarium or design fee and will be paid within 60 days after the artwork is installed. The artwork remains the property of the artist and can be sold and removed after the loan period has ended. The minimum loan period is 24 months. This loan period may be extended if all parties agree and an additional fee or purchase may be discussed. The artist is responsible for the delivery of the artwork. The City will install and insure it. The Office of Community Development and Redevelopment will provide a plaque with the artist name, title of artwork and a short description of the piece. Artists submitting proposals agree that the City of Lafayette may display models, reproduce images for non-commercial, educational and promotional purposes and will credit the artist.

Community Development and Redevelopment
Attn: Public Art Committee
20 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-807-1090
Fax: 765-807-1099
Inquiries preferred by email: Eileen Booth, ebooth@lafayette.in.gov

Selection Process and Criteria

Winning proposals will be selected by the Public Art Committee. Criteria will include artistic merit, public safety, appropriateness of the artwork, materials used, durability and artist experience. Site-specific art work which reflects the unique industrial, architectural, or cultural history of Lafayette will be given special consideration.

The City of Lafayette’s Public Art Program is community-based. This competition is open to anyone who can complete the requirements as specified, including the designing, fabrication, delivery of the artwork.

Submission Schedule

All proposals are due at the Community Development and Redevelopment office in City Hall by 4:00PM September 1, 2007. Winning proposals will be selected by October 5, 2007 and artists will be informed by written correspondence.

Date: 9/1/07

Submission Checklist:
- 3D Model (that does not exceed 12”W x 12”L x 12”H), detailed sketch or digital rendering of proposal (emailed JPEGS cannot exceed 8MB)
- Complete written description of proposal
- Written installation procedure
- Description of materials
- Labels on all submission materials with artist name, address, phone number and email
- Purchase price of artwork
- Method of delivery
- Completed checklist

Submit all of the above so that they are received by: 4:00PM September 1, 2007 to:

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