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Proposals Sought: Park Your Public Art Idea on a Bench

Tennis ball benches, designed by Tejo Remy and Rene VeenHuizen, invite sitting in Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Inhabitat.com says.

The Siskiyou Arts Council, in partnership with the Dunsmuir Revitalization and Weed’s Main Street Pride, are asking for proposals for public art benches.

The purpose of this project is to put art in public places and to add to the City’s revitalization. This competition is supported by a small grant to Siskiyou Arts Council from Shasta Regional Community Foundation, which has invited the council to forward selected designs from this competition for funding. Open to artists who live in Siskiyou County.

Proposals are due by Monday, August 22, 2011.

Specific Site Requirements: The proposal should consider the use of the site. The proposed project must be constructed of durable materials that will be easy to maintain in Siskiyou County’s environment with materials and surfaces that are comfortable and safe to sit on in the hot sun and allow for rain or snow-melt drain. Benches should accommodate a minimum of two people at each site.

Weed has identified four possible locations: The benches could be placed in four Main Street locations: 1) between the Chamber of Commerce and Heckers Power Equipment, 2) Next to the stream at 156 Main St. This is between two buildings and could be on or just behind the sidewalk, 3) In front of a vacant lot in the 200 block, and 4) In front of Edgewood Furniture Store.

Dunsmuir has identified two possible locations: In front of the Dunsmuir Library, and in front of the Post Office on Dunsmuir Avenue.

Submitting artists are strongly encouraged to visit the sites before designing a bench installation specific to a location.

For full details, visit: libertyartsgallery.com/calendar/community-art-opportunities

-from press release

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