Call to Artists: Capitola Tree Stump Project- Capitola, CA

  • Commissioning Entity

    City of Capitola

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Capitola, California, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Nikki Bryant LeBlond

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

    831-475-5935 X 401

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    Capitola’s Tree Stump Art Project is located at the lower public parking lot on Monterey Ave. which is used most by the general population visiting the beach and Capitola Village. This tree stump is estimated to be over 100 years old and arrived at its location from as a result of a mudslide from heavy rains in 2019. The stump is in a way a landmark for the town and a small bit of Capitola’s history.

    During the rains of 2019, the original tree slid down the hill above the parking lot and landed on its side. From there, much of the tree was cut and removed leaving only the stump now still lying on its side atop the parking lot asphalt. It is approximately 7 feet in diameter and 4 feet deep.


    The art project should incorporate proper preservation of the stump and include any measures necessary to maintain its integrity. For this project, the artist can modify the tree stump to improve its appearance, including but not limited to augmenting, carving, etching, whittling, chiseling & shaping. Artists should ensure that their art meets all ADA requirements as well as local building codes (see attached relevant codes). Pedestrian friendly aspects such as convenient hand holds, pinch points, snag points and vandalism concerns should be considered. Materials used should be weather resistant.


    Capitola Village is located along a wide beach with a breathtaking view of the Monterey Bay and is home to numerous craft galleries, boutiques and restaurants. It is here where many events have taken place such as the Capitola Beach Festival, Art and Wine Festival, Twilight Concerts, Art shows, and the Begonia Festival. In addition to these events, Capitola beach is a popular destination spot for tourists. This tree stump will be visible to many thousands of people annually entering the village.


    The public art budget project is $5500.00.  

    The project budget includes all expenses related to the research, investigation, design, and fabrication of the art project including but not limited to: design time and fees, design documents, renderings and/or other media as required to communicate the artist’s concept design development to stakeholders and approving bodies, signed and certified structural and/or other construction/engineering drawings and specifications that may be required for fabrication, fabrication of the artwork, transportation of materials, transportation and accommodations for artist(s), insurance and all other project related expenses, and maintenance of artwork. The artist will work with the City in the installation of the art project.


    All noise ordinance guidelines enforced by the City shall be adhered to by the artist during the life of the project.
    In no way, shape, or form shall any type of electric fractal wood shocking methods be used by the artist to complete this project. Artist shall provide their own power source as needed to complete their work.


    This opportunity is open to artists working or living along the west coast of the United States in California, Oregon, and Washington. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have all necessary permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications.

    Send or deliver proposals to:

    Tree Stump Art Project
    Nikki Bryant LeBlond
    [email protected]
    City of Capitola
    4400 Jade St
    Capitola, CA 95010
    831-475-5935 X 401