Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Call for Artists: Streetscape Planters for Lawrenceville

Application Deadline: May 31, 2010

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from Lawrenceville Corp:

May 4, 2010 - In September of 2008 the Urban Redevelopment Authority hired the Studio for Spatial Practice to develop a community supported vision for the Lower Lawrenceville Business District; the area between Doughboy Square (34nd Street) to 40th Street. During the planning process, two public meetings were held and a steering committee of community stakeholders was formed to help shape the planning process. Based on input received during the first public meeting as well as the steering committee, the LoLa Plan, which was completed by the Studio for Spatial Practice in July of 2009, stated that artist –designed planters at merchant locations should be implemented in the commercial corridor.

The Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) is the lead agency implementing the near‐term improvements as described in the LoLa Plan, including the artist‐designed streetscape planters. Through funding from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County the Lawrenceville Corporation will work with an artist to place streetscape planters throughout Lawrenceville’s Mainstreets Pittsburgh Districts – Butler Street between 34th – 55th and Penn Avenue between 40th and 45th Streets.

The planter design should be of the highest artistic quality. The planters must be durable enough to withstand placement in the main business corridors and when filled should be heavy enough so that they cannot be removed without substantial effort. Due to limited budget and longevity of the project, the LC would prefer that the artist use concrete as the primary medium for this project.

The artist should be familiar enough with the medium and processes to not only conceptualize the project but be able to oversee the management of the fabrication of the planters as well. The LC can assist in finding volunteers and other support for the artist but will not be responsible for the fabrication of the planters.


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