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July 17, 2014

City arts council seeks proposals for outdoor sculptures

NORMAN — On behalf of the Norman Arts Council and the city, the Norman Public Arts Board seeks to purchase/commission two pieces of permanent outdoor sculptures for placement at the southwest corner of East Main Street and Porter Avenue (Site 1) and the southeast corner of the current downtown library building in the city of Norman Complex (Site 2). The deadline has been extended to July 28.

Proposals may be submitted that are suitable for either location or separate proposals for each specific site. Since submissions will be done online, separate submissions would be required for multiple proposals.

In 2012, the Norman Public Arts Board commissioned and installed sculptures by Craig Swan and Jonathan Hils, located on the 100 and 200 West Main Street blocks of downtown Norman, respectively.

The goals of this project are to enhance a heavily trafficked intersection that visually anchors the downtown arts district and to expand the visual appearance of the city of Norman Complex.

Both areas serve as pathways to several churches in established neighborhoods, the public library, the city of Norman Complex, retail/commercial establishments and the locations are part of the major traffic patterns of downtown Norman.

The installations should embody a theme representative of central Oklahoma and/or specifically the city of Norman.

Themes should relate, but not to be limited, to any of the following characteristics: Oklahoma weather, Native American heritage, civic character, complexity of a university city, cultural diversity of the third largest city in the state, the pioneer spirit and the natural habitats or environment of the area.

The style of the sculpture may be a traditional, architectural, figurative or contemporary interpretation of the theme and may be made of any material.

The budget for each piece of artwork is $15,000. This amount includes all associated costs of design, materials, fabrication, travel, insurance coverage, delivery and installation. The base of the sculpture will be provided by the city of Norman.

All artists who reside in Oklahoma may respond. Proof of residence may be required.

To submit your proposal, visit the site normanarts.

submittable.com/submit.

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