PUBLIC ART CALL TO ARTISTS: SOUTHSIDE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX
The City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments in collaboration with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona invite artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to be considered for a permanent art commission in the new Southside Public Facility Complex for Police and Fire in Tucson, Arizona. The project is open to artists nationally and internationally and is funded by Prop 101 – Tucson Delivers program.
The City of Tucson seeks to commission innovative public artwork(s) that enhances a shared public space with community and fire and police located at this new public facility. The opportunity is open to all forms of public art that are appropriate for the desert climate. Public artwork(s) for this project may include but are not limited to stand alone sculpture, seating, shade structures, and integrative and functional elements. The artwork will be located outside, so sustainable materials as well as functionality in the Arizona climate are essential to address for long-term maintenance. The location of the Art Plaza has been set aside as the site for the public artwork. The Art Plaza is an outdoor public space, located at the SE corner of the complex and adjacent to the Community basketball court. This public space is accessible from the public parking lot, located along S. Park Avenue, at the corner of Fair Street. The plaza is approximately 60 x 100 feet and will provide an outdoor opportunity not only for the users of the Southside Public Facility, but for the surrounding community as well.
This is a fast-tracked project. It will require an artist or team to begin research and design in Winter/Spring 2023 and to complete fabrication and installation by September 2024.