Burning Man Project and Washoe County (NV), International Call for Proposals: Public Art Installation, Washoe County Art Trail
Deadline: December 18th, 2017, 11:59pm PST
Budget: $60,000 – $100,000
Burning Man Project and Washoe County are pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to create an artwork that is representative of the emblematic iconography of Washoe County Nevada that will serve as two trail-head installations for a 200-mile trail of art, culture and place memory. Engendered and imagined as a story trail that encompasses the geography that spans between the trail’s two points of initiation of Crystal Peak Park and the town of Gerlach, the two installations will be derived from the symbols and stories of meaning shared in community story circles in early 2018.
The call is open to artists, artist teams, community groups working with designers, architects, landscape architects, or place-keeping experts who are interested in creating an exterior public art installation expressing the community’s relationship to place and stories of local culture. As we examine the relationship of people to place, of urban to rural, of geography to history, we invite proposals that will creatively contribute to the conversation, animating the concepts of people and their connection to place, while responding to the ideas and stories generated by local residents.
Burning Man Project and Washoe County, Nevada, through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the County’s Community Special Projects program, will commission a public art installation that actively seeks to advance the general public’s understanding of the place where they live, the sense of connection to story, and a common bond across communities that spread from Verdi to Gerlach along the Truckee River. While one artwork is to be created, it will be fabricated as either two identical pieces or as two pieces that speak to one another in ways that are coherent and relate to their locations (one for each location).
The art installation should be conceptual, forward thinking, and reflect ideas expressly related to stories of place and iconography that is intimately associated with the geography of Washoe County. Additionally, the project can explore a range of artistic expression, from low-tech installations to contemporary uses of technology, including interactivity, as well as potentially incorporating the use of real-time and other data from the Truckee River or other data inputs related to the population and topography of Nevada. The organization will not limit the work to any specific material or medium and is open to a wide range of artistic styles. While the art installation itself is not limited to any particular media, the installation should have a sense of prominence and permanence in the space as defined by a 10-year minimum lifespan, though the proposed project can include event-based or more ephemeral or temporary components to the installations as a part of the conceptual activation for the work (note: this sort of activation is not required and will not serve to make a proposal more competitive).
For more detailed information, guidelines, eligibility, budget info, and link to apply: https://burningman.org/culture/burning-man-arts/civic-arts-program/washoe-county-art-trail/washoe-county-art-trail-call-for-artistsproposals/