Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Public Art Competition – Taddle Creek Park
Call to Artists for Expression of Interest
The City of Toronto is holding a public art competition for a new permanent artwork at Taddle Creek Park.
The Taddle Creek Revitalization design team and the City of Toronto are seeking to commission an artwork that celebrates and commemorates the original Taddle Creek. Located at the corner of Bedford Street and Lowther Avenue, Taddle Creek Park is a small, well-used community park in the Annex, named in honour of the now buried stream that at one time ran through the core of the city. Taddle Creek was once teeming with fish and vegetation and was used by native people for food and transport as far back as the sixteenth century. Over time, as the city became more settled and new means of transportation were adopted, the stream became polluted, dammed and ultimately buried.
The design team and local community view this as an opportunity to commission an artist working with a water theme (literal or metaphoric) to develop a unique site-specific public artwork that gives this park a focal point with a physical presence through the various seasons.
The art production budget including all fees, materials, technologies, fabrication and applicable taxes for this project is $125,000.
• 6-8 visuals of recent, relevant work**
• Artist’s statement outlining interest in the project and experience working on projects of similar scope and scale.
* While this call is not restricted to Toronto-based artists, there is no additional budget for travel or transport. Interested artists must be able to attend site meetings during competition and project fabrication phases at their own expense.
**Please submit digital images on CD listing title, date, materials and dimensions for each work. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of submission material, if desired.
The artwork will be selected through a two-stage competition, by an independent Selection Committee convened for this project, which will include practicing arts professionals as well as representatives from the local community.
All expressions of interest submitted through this call will be reviewed by the art consultant and Selection Committee. A short list of 3-5 artists will be paid a fee to develop a project proposal based on a Terms of Reference document provided to the short-listed artists. A public open house exhibition of the short-listed designs and final design selection will take place in December 2007.
Submissions must be received by October 1, 2007, 4 pm.
Submissions should be sent by mail to:
@ Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 414
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
Telephone: 647- 284- 4581
Andrew Davies is an independent art consultant hired by the Landscape Architect Janet Rosenberg + Associates and working with the Toronto Culture and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation to manage the public art commission for the Taddle Creek Park Revitalization Project.