RFQ: Reflection Walk Commemorating the Black Lives Matter Movement- DeSoto, TX

  • Commissioning Entity

    City of DeSoto

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  • Location of Commission:

    TX, USA, DeSoto

  • Commission Portal

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  • Contact Name

    Kathy Jones

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    The City of DeSoto is seeking to commission an artist or team of artists to design and produce an original public art installation as a Reflection Walk to be located along the Roy Orr Trail. The walking trail is a highly accessible destination used for passive recreation nestled within a partially wooded limestone escarpment. The artwork will be installed along the trail in the area between the low water crossing behind DeSoto Town Center and Ernie Roberts Park. Work can be installed on or adjacent to the path, on the pavement or suspended from the trees. This public art project is conceived as a monument to commemorate the Black Lives Matter Movement. During the summer of 2020, many major metropolitan areas in the US and globally erupted with protests as reactions to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Subsequently, many cities demonstrated solidarity and support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) through artistic expressions: mostly murals and graphic statements many of which were temporary. Support for the City of DeSoto BLM project recognizes the importance of providing residents and visitors access to quality artistic experiences in the public sphere. Artwork(s) could function to elevate public interest and create a sense of pride for the city. Considering the theme: Incremental Steps can Make a Monumental Statement: selected artists should have the capacity to create an interpretive experience through a series of visual elements that can include but are not limited to representational imagery. Additionally the installation could combine sculptural and didactic elements using 2D and 3D written and pictorial aspects that result in a serene and contemplative walking experience. To expand engagement, the work could incorporate digital interactions such as virtual and augmented reality accessed through portable smart devices. The overarching idea is to challenge artists to create a shared positive public experience while elevating awareness and inspiring interaction within this highly visible and accessible public space. Elements of the project should remind visitors to the trail of our shared humanity. Please see Commission Document for full submission instructions. Submit all information in one single PDF to [email protected]. Deadline to submit qualifications is May 20, 2022 at 2:00PM CST. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered unresponsive and will not be reviewed.