Riverwalk Project public art competition in Oregon

The site for this public art competition is the Astoria Peninsula in Oregon, the gateway between the Columbia River and the Pacific, surrounded by one of the most dramatic collisions of natural phenomena on the continent. It possesses a rich history: from Spanish explorers, to Lewis & Clark, to John Jacob Astor, to an explosion of canneries and sawmills, to the collapse of fishing and logging. The Astoria Riverwalk is a five-mile-long recreational link that follows the ColumbiaRiver along the Burlington Railroad’s waterfront right-of-way. For the Riverwalk Project, up to nine artists will be selected to develop a proposal for site-responsive artwork located within one or more of the nine individual districts through which the Riverwalk passes.

The goals for the works submitted are that: they are relevant to the cultural/social situation in which they are seen; they broach historical, social, environmental, political and/or cultural issues; they encourage people towards critical thinking; and that the site of the work enhances its meaning.

Up to nine artists will receive an award of $4,000 each to develop a proposal for site-responsive artwork. Implementation budgets are up to $75,000 per artwork.

Any artist living in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho or British Columbia is eligible to enter the competition. September 1, 2005 is the deadline for the RFQ submission. September 14, 2005 is the announcement of selected artists. October 1-2, 2005 is the orientation and site visit for the selected artists. The public presentation of the proposals is scheduled for January 14, 2006. Project implementation schedule is based on the scope and budget of the proposal.

For more information, please visit www.astoriavisualarts.org/rp or e-mail rpinfo@astoriavisualarts.org