City Puts Out the Call For "Iconic," Quarter-Million-Buck Sculpture For White Rock Lake

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On the other side is the announcement just in from the city of Dallas's Public Art Coordinator Kendall Ferguson, who's looking for someone with public-art experience to craft a "White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture." Budget's plenty big: $272,000, which would buy a ton of Dallas Farmers Market peaches (not to mention herb). I asked Kay Kallos, Public Art Program Manager in the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, why the call for all comers -- did this have anything to do, say, with the head-scratching and hand-wringing over those Ross Avenue underpass offerings turned in by the outta-towners.

"We're just trying to get the word out to everyone," she says. "We want everyone on the local scene to know about it. Our communications mechanisms are evolving; we just established a Facebook presence. And when people had concerns about not being able to find [the] Ross Avenue [request for proposals], we wanted to make sure everyone saw this one. Public art's always adventurous, and people have different viewpoints, but it's everywhere in every city you visit."

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on September 7, and there are several criteria that must be met -- among 'em, it has to be tall enough to be visible from Garland Road, and "The White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture must become an icon for the lake," per the RFP. Says Kallos, "It's going to commemorate the 100 years of the lake, so that'll be incorporated into the design, and a lot of people from the neighborhood have already submitted their own suggestions. This one will be special."

I guess this won't do, then? Jump for the details.
CALL TO PUBLIC ARTISTS: WHITE ROCK LAKE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE SCULPTURE

Project Budget $272,000

SUBMISSION DEADLINE September 7, 2011

Dallas - White Rock Lake, a historic destination park in the Dallas Park System, was completed in 1911. The 1,015 acre city lake is located at 8300 East Lawther Drive serves as a recreational lake for the city of Dallas. This urban lake is enjoyed by over 2 million visitors each year.

Cultural, sports and others events are held at the lake throughout the year around the lake and at the Bath House Cultural Center. This City of Dallas Cultural Center is a welcoming venue for visual and performing artists. The historic Art Deco-style Bath House houses a 116-seat black box theater, three gallery spaces, the White Rock Lake Museum, and several multipurpose spaces. The Center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development, and quality of multicultural arts in Dallas by emphasizing innovative visual and performing arts and other multidisciplinary arts events.

Goals for the White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture

* The 100 year history of White Rock Lake must be a part of the design.
* The theme of water conservation and the natural environment near the installation site must be reflected in the design.
* The desired vertical configuration must be tall enough to be highly visible from the adjacent roadway, Garland Road.
* The character of White Rock Lake including the architecture on White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade that runs along Garland Road must be a part of the design.
* The materials for the sculpture must be consistent with the materials found at the lake including the White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade.
* Lighting to ensure good visibility at night must be planned as a part of the design.
* The White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture must become an icon for the lake.

Eligibility:


All professional artists are eligible to apply except for artists currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program. Employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee, or any consultants under contract for any phase of these projects are ineligible. The City of Dallas Cultural Policy does not accept qualifications from undergraduate students for Public Art projects.

Specific qualifications for this project include:

* Demonstrated successful completion of a public art project of similar size and scope,
* Demostrated ability to work with a design team to meet the goals for the White Rock Lake Centennial Commemorative Sculpture,
* Commitment to complete the design, fabrication and installation of the project at the selected location within the budget specified.

Submission of Application:


Interested artists and artist teams should submit the following items to be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

Submission Materials:

1. Portfolio of six (6) images of recent work including recent public art commissions.
2. An image list identifying title, dimensions, materials, date of work, location, project budget, and commissioning entity.
3. Letter of application outlining your interest in the project and your qualifications for successful completion of the work.
4. Professional resume/curriculum vitae: artist teams may submit a resume for each member. Please include a professional website if available.
5. Three references - names, address, email and telephone number

Submission Format:

By mail: Send the materials listed above on a CD to:

Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator
1925 Elm Street, Suite 400
Dallas, Texas 75201

Email Submission: Send materials listed above to whiterocklakecentennial@gmail.com

File size not to exceed 2MB

Questions:

Please direct all submission-related inquiries to:

Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator
214-670-3284
kendall.ferguson@dallascityhall.com
or go to www.dallasculture.org/opportunities

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MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I ask you what is more iconic than big fake boobs?A bust of a bust if you will.

RJ
RJ

A wildcat fighting a cougar. If you don't get it you aren't from East Dallas.

RTGolden
RTGolden

How 'bout a large, ever-evolving pile of multi-species feces?  You could use feces of cows, horses, and laborers as a base( to reflect the history ), add in growing heaps of bum, wino, and dog crap to reflect materials found around the lake now, and frost it with bird crap, which coats the trails most of the time anyway.  Torch the methane fumes rising off of it for lighting at night.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Since we have a knockoff Calatrava bridge, how about a knockoff Millennium Park Crown Fountain? This one can rise from the lake and instead of the faces from the Chicago fountain, it could show Mary Suhm, JWP, Tom Leppert, etc.

scottindallas
scottindallas

How about a statue of the lady of the lake, a tattered dressed Latina suddenly stripped of her maidenhood and her life, dying and bloody as the Santos.

pak152
pak152

"Lighting to ensure good visibility at night must be planned as a part of the design."

will we use an eternal flame burning shale gas or will it be a green sculpture using bird killing windmills or solar panels?

pak152
pak152

can we limit it to artists who either live in Dallas County or within the city limits?

Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

Yes.  No outside influence on our city!  Especially if they are from countries from the, well you, know, the um... 'southern sector' of our continent.

pak152
pak152

"The materials for the sculpture must be consistent with the materials found at the lake including the White Rock Lake Spillway Promenade."

oh wow! can't wait to see how beer cans, bottles and other detritus found around the lake will be incorporated into the sculpture

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

So it's gonna be made of at least 60% Styrofoam?

Indigenous Inhabitant
Indigenous Inhabitant

A 110 foot concrete sculpture of Kip's Big Boy ... in a Speedo ... and a bottle of Wild Irish Rose White Label on the little plate.

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

It needs to be a fountain. Public art is soooo easy to eff up; but everybody loves fountains.

cp
cp

Because it makes complete sense to build a fountain next to a lake...

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago is right on the lake. Trust me, when the city screws this up you are going to say "we should have done a fountain"

Michol Byron
Michol Byron

How about a statue of John Wiley Price without his hands out. That would be ironic.    

* sorry thought it said ironic instead of iconic.  

Colonel Angus
Colonel Angus

Since there's a Confederate cemetary beneath White Rock lake, I vote for a giant sculpture of RE Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Ken Burns, and David Duke.

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

A statue of John Wiley Price with his hand out facing south Dallas! 

pak152
pak152

oh that statue needs to be placed somewhere near the rivuh downtown

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I vote for a statue of Schutze with the shotgun.  Get off my lake!

publicnewssense
publicnewssense

What about getting that Calatrava guy to do some more string art -- like a bridge across the lake!

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

I like that idea but we're going to need a lot more money. $272,000 is barely enough to get Calatrava to sneer in our general direction.

Julia B.
Julia B.

I suggest a really large airconditioner unit with real, live fire ants. Lake of Fire!

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

So..... somehow they're going to incorporate the prisoners of the city's municipal farm that used to occupy the east shore? They built Lawther, brick by brick, bum labor was pretty cheap back then.

Drdgzdaltx
Drdgzdaltx

The city's municipal jail known as the Pea Patch was on the west side of the lake near the pump house and it was a WPA project that first paved Lawther

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

The municipal farm was there before WPA, the first four acres were planted in 1918. There was a minimum infrastructure of buildings there to house the initial prisoners, more were built later. From the DMN headlines (4/7/1918) "Lakeside drive to be a think of beauty and twelve miles long". But it was gravel, not brick (my bad).

By the mid 1920's the east side (and you were correct about sides) was beginning to sell lots for "vacation houses".

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I'm feeling a brainstorming session of some kind coming on ... a contest of sorts ... with prizes ... perhaps.

 

pak152
pak152

need to incorporate dairy cattle in the sculpture since there was a dairy farm where the lake was

Buckeye
Buckeye

Be careful.  We'll end up with a statue of Cesar Chavez.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

A giant Rick Astley statue so we can be rick-rolled for the next 100 years.

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Add in there some dancing hamsters, the "All Your Base" guy, the "I can has cheezburger" cat, the ORLY owl, the sneezing panda cub (and mom), the Loituma girl, and Chuck Norris, and it's a deal!

scottindallas
scottindallas

Well, for that money I could plant 500 "Big tooth"x"Caddo Maple hybrids that would turn that park flame orange every fall.  Somehow, I don't thing anything "by the hands of men" could be so enduring, beautiful and effective.  Therefore, my idea would never happen.

scottindallas
scottindallas

After reading the criteria, I'd cut that to 200 trees with lighting.  There, that meets every criteria except that there has to be some "sculpture"   Hell, cut a few more trees, and I'll throw in a pile of limestone boulders that kids can tinker on. 

Milkman Dan
Milkman Dan

Silly Scott... Don't you know that in Dallas, we need our public spaces to be filled with inanimate objects, not real, live, fauna - with your plan, the parks department would forget to water the trees for months, they would die, and then it would be YOU who was blamed for making the city actually MAINTAIN something...

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