The City of Hamilton is seeking Artists and Artist-led teams to submit proposals for a permanent public art work at the corner of King William Street and James Street North in downtown Hamilton. The work will replace an existing light standard, may be illuminated and shall incorporate a gate feature that can temporarily close the street to vehicular traffic for special events.
Artists will be selected by a volunteer citizen Jury through a two-stage process. Stage 1 will involve a concept and design proposal. Artists selected for Stage 2 will be given the opportunity to consult with engineering and electrical consultants engaged by the City of Hamilton to assist them in developing a detailed proposal for public consultation and final adjudication.
Award: $115,000 (Canadian Dollars)
Shortlisted Artists completing a Stage 2 submission will receive a $2,500 honorarium.
In February 2019, a Focus Group of local residents, artists and business owners assembled with City staff to determine themes and goals in keeping with the character and vision for King William Street to inspire and guide artists for this public art competition.
Artist’s proposals will be evaluated, in part, on how successfully they address the following goal and themes determined by the Focus Group.Goal:
The new artwork for King William Street should be a landmark that marks the entrance to the King William Street District and expresses the character of this evolving area both day and night to those visiting the street and passing on James Street, inviting them to take part in local events, patronize local businesses and the theatre.
Themes: The successful work should be reflective of one or more of the following themes:
• Vibrant • Active 24 / 7
• A place of celebration
• A place of performance (both formal theatre and on the street)
• A place for interaction
This project aligns with and evolves the legacy of the King William ArtWalk. A project responsible for a number of temporary and permanent art works commissioned for the street since 2007. Playing host to several prominent festivals including Supercrawl, King William Street has earned a reputation for welcoming the arts, performance and enterprise. Already an important destination and events space, King William recommends itself well to flexible, temporary closure, which activates the street and strengthens the community.
It was determined by the 2019 Focus Group that the new permanent public artwork should continue to enhance the street’s culture and support its revitalization. To this end, it was identified that the artwork could function to encourage interactive experiences, embody the idea of performance and more practically, temporarily close King William Street to vehicular traffic during on-street events.
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