This is a summary of the most important developments regarding the selection and installation of public art in Pennsylvania Park. Check back to find the latest updates!
November 2017: The City’s Request for Qualifications closes and three finalists are selected from among 15 submissions. Read more about this in our earlier post.
December 4, 2017: During Artists’ Talks at Central Library three nationally recognized artists/teams meet with staff, stakeholders, and the broader community as part of the public art selection process for Pennsylvania Park.
January 9, 2018: Three finalists present their concept designs. The three artists’ presentations on their proposals are on the City’s website. Models of the sculptures are on display at the Hawthorne Public Library.
Concept designs by the three finalists. See above for how to view the complete presentations.
January 23, 2018: Last day to email your preferences and other feedback to the City at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29, 2018: The Public Art Committee of the Madison Arts Commission will consider stakeholder comments, deliberate, and decide which artist/team they will recommend to the City for this opportunity. A final decision by the Madison Common Council is expected in late February of 2018. The public is welcome to attend the meeting at Hawthorne Library. The subcommittee members will have read all emailed comments before that meeting, but members of the public have up to 3 minutes each for comment. See Events for details.
Fall 2018: Installation and unveiling of public art (Source: City of Madison RFQ, 10/17/2017)
The opportunity to commission art for Pennsylvania Park evolved out of an extensive Neighborhood Planning Process in which enhancing the parks and green space emerged as a top priority. A community dialogue regarding the future of this site has been ongoing since before 2017. The Emerson East Neighborhood Association (EENA), District 12 Alder, Community Development staff, Planning staff, and Parks personnel are thrilled to enhance this highly-visible mini City park, expecting that when the project is complete, the neighborhood will have an iconic piece of art that reflects their values of sustainability, unity, diversity, and inclusion. The Community Development Division of the City of Madison (CDD) is providing $40,000 of Block Grant funding to fully fund this public art project. (Source: City of Madison News, 11/27/2017)