Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Clayton's First Public Art Project in the Works

Consistent with its plans to turn the vacant space at the corner of Lombard and Main Streets into an “aesthetic centerpiece” for the downtown area, the Town of Clayton has begun a search for an artist to help develop public art for the project.

The Artist Selection Panel of the newly formed Public Art Advisory Board has issued an RFQ (request for qualifications) outlining the project and requesting proposals. The art project has a budget of $40,000.

“This is the first public art project for the town of Clayton, and we're very enthusiastic about it,” said Mayor Jody McLeod. “I'm excited about watching this come together over the next few months.”

The deadline for submissions by artists is Oct. 27, and the Panel expects to make a recommendation to the Advisory Board by mid-November.

Clayton Center Executive Director Heidi Stump, a member of the Advisory Board, said the selected artist will work with the town's landscape design team. Gathering and considering input from the community will be an important part of the process, she said.

While retaining some parking spaces, the new centerpiece will add to the beauty of the central business district “and continue the progress that downtown has been making over the last few years,” Town Manager Steve Biggs said.

Town officials hope to have the project completed by the middle of next year.
For more information, please contact Stump at 553-3152.

Request For Qualifications for Public Art Project

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