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The Marion S. Barry Bronze Statue Public Art Commission

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Call for Proposals:  
The Marion S. Barry Bronze Statue Public Art Commission

This project is commissioned by the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Marion Barry Commission.

Pursuant of a commemorative statue, the partnering entities request for Regional Artists or Artist Teams to develop a permanent public art installation in the form of a life-sized bronze statue in the likeness of the Honorable Marion S. Barry, to be sited at the John A. Wilson Building in March 2017. Alternatively, Artists and/or Artist Teams are encouraged to recommend an alternative interior or exterior site that is owned and operated by the District of Columbia Government for the permanent display of the bronze statue.  Therefore, potential sites include, but are not limited to, the John A. Wilson Building, The Reeves Municipal Center, One Judiciary Square, etc.

In developing a permanent public art installation in the form of a life-sized bronze statue, the artwork must be of sound and safe construction (not fabricated or finished with hazardous materials), be relatively maintenance-free, be appropriate for an active pedestrian/public environment frequented by community members of all ages, and must take into consideration the scale of the statue as it relates to its surroundings. The artwork should enhance the area/site and create a unified setting where District residents and visitors can experience and enjoy access to the statue.

Please Note: Although bronze has been identified by the Barry Project Commission as the primary medium, artists can incorporate elements of diverse materials into their sculptural compositions. The artists’ chosen combination of materials must be cohesive, and take into consideration the environmental fluctuations that occur in both interior and exterior spaces. The longevity of the statue, with consideration given to the subsequent maintenance of the artwork, is of the utmost importance.

For full details on the application process, please download the PDF document below.

NEW Application Deadline is Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

Submit application materials here: http://dcarts.slideroom.com/