Heritage Park Public Art Project / Potawatomi Trail of Death- Olathe, KS

  • Commissioning Entity

    Johnson County Parks and Recreation District

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  • Location of Commission

    Olathe, Kansas, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Geographic Eligibilty


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  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    The Johnson County Public Art Program is interested in commissioning an artist or artist team to create a site-specific, permanent sculpture at Heritage Park to commemorate the Trail of Death and celebration the resiliency of the Potawatomi tribe. The Trail of Death, a forced removal journey of the Potawatomi tribe, occurred in 1838. This 660-mile grueling trek passed through the land that is now Heritage Park in Olathe, Kansas. The site of the art will be adjacent to the current historical marker, located in the Heritage Park Marina Parking lot, located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, Kansas 66062.

    The Potawatomi tribe conducts a pilgrimage of the Trail of Death every five years, journeying from Indiana to Kansas, travelling the same path to honor their ancestors. The most recent pilgrimage occurred in September 2022, with over 100 gathered from across the United States to participate. Johnson County Park & Recreation District hosted a commemorative event and breakfast at Heritage Park for those on the journey. Learn more here.

    Artist Scope of Work

    The final selected artists will be responsible for the following:

    Based on the approved concept proposal, develop final design documents, detailing every physical feature of the sculpture and its integration with the site.
    Execute the fabrication and installation in a manner that conforms to the approved concept proposal.
    Provide maintenance and conservation instructions for the completed artwork.
    Work cooperatively and maintain effective communication with all parties involved in the project.
    Participate, as requested, in community outreach and dedication events.

    The public art opportunity is open to professional artists residing within the United States with a tribal affiliation that is recognized. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at [email protected].

    Please see commission portal linkfor full project information and application instructions.