Opportunity to participate on a Selection Panel for a public art project in the Nationally Registered Historic Railroad District
MARKING ASHLAND PLACES, a collaborative public art project
The Public Arts and Historic Commissions are collaborating on an historic marker and wayfinding project to provide a connection to the history of Ashland on today’s landscape. This project, Marking Ashland Places (MAP), will create a sense of place and pride by establishing distinctive landmarks within each of the City’s four Nationally Registered Historic Districts as well as serve to promote historic and heritage tourism to the City.
The vision for the MAP project is to create a Hub Site in each of the four Historic Districts [Railroad, Downtown, Siskiyou-Hargadine and Skidmore-Academy] in which to locate an historic-themed, site-specific contemporary artwork.
Branching off from the Hub Sites will be Spoke Sites [approximately 6-12 per district] designated by site markers that will focus on the important places, events or people connected with each specific District. The site markers will contain short narratives with artistic representation of the historic significance of each site. These markers will also serve as visual enticements and direct visitors to the MAP project website where more detailed historic information can be found.
Railroad District Hub Site
The Public Arts Commission has designated the Railroad District for its first Hub Site, and is seeking, through an RFQ process, to commission an artist/artist-led team to design, fabricate and install the artwork in Railroad Park. Finalists in the competition will be asked to submit design concepts that are original, site-specific and contemporary, visually stimulating, perhaps whimsical and colorful, and responsive to the site in terms of scale, material, and form. The artwork should reflect the historic significance of the Railroad District and be vandal resistant, safely displayed and secured, and require minimum conservation and maintenance.
The small grassy mound at the bottom of 7th street within Railroad Park has been selected as a natural location for this artwork.
AMC 2.29.100.B requires the Public Arts Commission to organize a Selection Panel, separate from the Commission, consisting of art professionals and enthusiasts, residents near the proposed site, community members and a city administrator to evaluate the design concepts received from the Finalists.