The community is invited to attend presentations by the three artists selected to submit concepts for public art on the Gateway Island. The Gateway Island is located between the Library and Fire Station No. 1 and was designated as a location for public art more than 10 years ago.
The Public Art Commission invited qualified artists to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Gateway Island Public Art Project. From the sixty-four artists who responded, three were selected to move forward in the process and to develop concepts that reflect the intent of the project. The three artists will present their concepts in the Gresham Room at the Ashland Public Library on Thursday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. and again at 5:00 p.m.
Each artist presentation will be 15 minutes with a question and answer session at the end of each presentation. The final piece will be chosen by an independent Selection Panel the next day.
The winning artist will have one year to execute the piece and installation will occur in the fall of 2016.
A Selection Panel, independent of the Public Art Commission will choose the “winning” design on Friday, September 11 and base their selection on the Project Intent:
The vision for this artwork is to add a signature installation to the City of Ashland’s Public Art Collection, place Ashland in a contemporary context within today’s world and add to the city’s visual landmarks. In addition, this site-specific artwork is meant to:
- Become iconic to Ashland and enrich the spirit and pride of the community
- Create excitement and interest for the community
- Enhance the experience of entering the downtown core,
- Be of a scale appropriate to the space and be visually accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles.