RFP: Public Art Projects in Big Marsh Park- Chicago, IL

  • Commissioning Entity

    Chicago Sculpture International, in Collaboration with Chicago Parks Department

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  • Location of Commission:

    Chicago, USA, IL

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  • Geographic Eligibilty


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  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Brief Description

    Chicago Sculpture International (CSI), in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, is seeking experienced artists and artist teams to create original, site-specific, public sculptures for Big Marsh, a 280-acre park on the Southeast Side. Big Marsh had been the site of a waste and slag dumping ground from surrounding industrial operations since the late 1800s. In the early 2000s, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District teamed up to restore this area to a healthy habitat and eco-recreation park. This is an opportunity to create an artwork that will emerge from the park; the majority of the materials used will be found in the park. There are available natural materials such as rocks, stones, standing dead trees, logs and certain plants—for example, the plentiful phragmites. And although Big Marsh has undergone an extensive renovation in this century, one can still find remnants of its industrial past, such as shipping containers, tires, bricks, cobblestones, cement fragments and slag; these materials can be used for the artwork as well. Durable sculpture materials such as stone, metal and wood that artists need but cannot be found in the park can be brought in to create the artwork. Please see the commission document for additional instructions. Send all materials in a zip folder, with your last name and “Big Marsh 2022,” to [email protected]