Waterfront Toronto is seeking to commission a professional artist or artist team to create a temporary floating artwork for Harbour Square Park Basin. Artists are asked to submit proposals for installation during summer 2020. The artwork will activate the basin by engaging with the local community and visitors to the waterfront.
Harbour Square Park is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America. Containing one-fifth of all surface freshwater on Earth, the lakes are a vital source of drinking water and food. Throughout history these interconnected bodies of water have been critically important for trade, human settlement and migration. They are sacred to the First Peoples, who have inhabited the shores and fished in their waters since time immemorial. The lakes’ unique ecosystems are host to a diverse array of plants and animals, and their shores and waters provide recreation for millions of people.
The total commissioning budget is $45,000 CAD +HST. This includes all artist fees, design costs, materials, shipping, installation and removal, insurance and permits.
Waterfront Toronto is inviting practicing professional artists to include in their submission:
- Artist statement
- Images of proposed artwork
- Proposed budget breakdown and schedule
- Images of previous and relevant work
- Artist CV
- Submission Form
This is a one-stage competition. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury convened for this project. Waterfront Toronto intends to identify one successful Proponent to undertake this project.