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Call to Artists: Kingsport Aquatic Center Art

Staff Report • Dec 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Public Art Kingsport and Engage Kingsport requests qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design and or fabrication of art for the Aquatic Center. Potential projects for the Aquatic Center include natatorium railing dividing pool areas, wall art, and outdoor sculpture.

This RFQ is open to all professional artists/artist teams and architects over the age of 18 who currently reside in the United States. Applications must be postmarked or received electronically by January 17, 2013, 4:00 PM EST. No exceptions.

Submission Requirements:

  • Digital Images: 5 digital images of previously completed artwork. Limit 10 MB per image, JPEG only.
  • Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV with all team members included. Please specify each team member’s role.
  • Statement(s) of Intent: Maximum 300 words. Address how the applicant’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful permanent public art project. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.

About the Aquatic Center:

The indoor/outdoor water park will be a 46,400 square foot facility located off of Wilcox Drive across from Meadow View Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The Aquatic Center will be a new major attraction for the area. The Aquatic Center will feature an Olympic sized 50 meter pool, a 25 yard warm pool with zero entry ramp, and an indoor recreational pool with water slide. Outside features will include two pools surrounded by a Lazy River; a kiddie pool and a large leisure pool with two water slides. Current plans also include outdoor sand volleyball courts, party rooms to rent for special gatherings, meeting rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and a locker room.

The Aquatic Center is beautifully located near a wetlands area at the foot of Kingsport’s iconic Bays Mountain. Views from the front parking lot, entrance areas and from the outdoor pools will include cattails as well as the mountain.

The facility is located in the Meadowview District of Kingsport and embodies design principles outlined by Gateway Development Guide.

Project Details: Public Art Kingsport is seeking artist or artist teams to work with Public Art Kingsport and the Aquatic Center in the design, fabrication, and installation of art inside and outside the Aquatic Center facility. All art should have an aquatic theme and be compatible with the themes.

Requests for qualifications can be found at www.PublicArt.KingsportTN.gov

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