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Matt Babcock is a Seattle-based sculptor focusing on public art. His work distills image, movement, and emotion into concise aerial calligraphy. He developed an appreciation for materials and the ways things are made through practice in metal fabrication and application in industry. He also draws on his experience as an architect, which informs his interest in functional artwork and place-making.
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and its Art in Public Places is administering the Cuba Hunter Park Neighborhood Public Art Project installations on behalf of the City of Jacksonville in Planning District 5. Cuba Hunter Park is situated in one of Jacksonville’s most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods. Residents and business owners will inform the design of sustainable outdoor public art that encourages healthy activities and meaningful community engagement. A nine member Art Selection Panel made up of community representatives, city department representatives and arts professionals selects the artists and the designs. Artists are not expected to produce proposals prior to selection and awarding. The Art in Public Places Committee will have final approval on designs, which will also be reviewed by an arts conservator for sustainability. Artists with experience in public health and social engagement projects exploring renewable materials including kinetic, light, and sound technologies are encouraged to apply. Community involvement is integral to these projects and area stakeholders are encouraged to participate in public meetings with the artists. Artists should be prepared to meet and interact with local schools as part of the public meeting process.
CALL TO ARTISTS: CUBA HUNTER PARK NEIGHBORHOODS PROJECT
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Art in Public Places and the City of Jacksonville, Florida issued a Call to Artists for a Request for Qualifications for Cuba Hunter Park Neighborhood Public Art Project. The RFQ (Request for Qualifications) solicits artists who can address neighborhood park aesthetics with iconic and potentially interactive public art that serves to engage the culturally rich and diverse groups that reside in the nearby neighborhoods and utilize the park’s community center and amenities including but not limited to enhancing the street entrance to the park for approaching visitors, Community Center and Gymnasium facilities, and walking paths connecting the Wetland Nature Trail, the Green, Playground, and Skate Park. Artists are encouraged to explore ways to address public health and social engagement through wayfinding elements and public art with renewable materials and innovative design with kinetic, light, and sound technologies.
Individual artists or artist teams may apply to address one or more prospective park sites while keeping wayfinding elements at the forefront of design for multiple sites in order to lead users through the overall space. For the site categories of environmental 3-D sculpture, preference will be given to artwork that incorporates lighting or luminescent elements and/or media arts, sound art, or other digital interactive art for creative placemaking. Jacksonville is interested in showcasing eco-friendly, forward thinking aesthetic designs that find solutions to environmental concerns, such as incorporating solar-powered lighting. The artwork budget is currently $40,800. An artist or artist team who addresses the neighborhood project with a comprehensive environmental impact scheme for one or more prospective sites would receive $40,800 for design, fabrication and installation. This is a national call and regional and local artists are encouraged to apply by submitting images of prior work, letter of interest, biography and resume. APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.