Argo Cascades: What should artists consider when designing new public artwork?
The city of Ann Arbor is planning a public art project at the site of the popular Argo Cascades on the Huron River, and it wants input from the public.
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.com
The deadline for chiming in is 5 p.m. July 19.
Three selected artists will visit Argo Cascades and meet with citizens in August. In September, the three artists will present their ideas for a permanent art installation for the site.
Citizens will be invited to attend and give input before the final artwork is selected.
According to a request for artist qualification statements that went out in March, a budget of $115,000 has been established for the selected public art project. The budget must include all artist fees, materials, design, engineering consultation, insurance, travel, fabrication and installation.
"The Argo Cascades public art project will be informed by the historical connection of the urban city and the natural river at this location," the SOQ request states.
"The public art here will be a marker of the community's interest in 'facing the river' and will celebrate the river as an asset and a source of drinking water," it continues. "Because of the celebration of the river as a source of drinking water, the design must convey the importance of water quality and conservation in the use of water to preserve it as a resource."
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