Public Art for the New Durham Police Headquarters Complex
Summary: The City of Durham, North Carolina is seeking artists or artist teams (“Candidates”) to design, fabricate, and install permanent public artwork at the Police Headquarters Complex. There are two identified areas at Headquarters for possible art integration. These two areas (see more details under Special Notes) will afford Candidates an opportunity to submit a proposal for an exterior art and interior art concept.
Create artworks inspired by the Durham Police Department’s 148-year journey to twenty-first century policing, conveying ideals such as peace-keeping and public safety, valor and integrity, professionalism and resolve, camaraderie and commemoration, transparency and inclusion, citizen engagement, community service and goodwill, and research and technology.
Originate works that will artistically promote the new Durham Police Headquarters Complex as a welcoming center of collaboration and innovation among the various audiences the Department serves.
Support placemaking efforts in downtown Durham to foster cohesion between East Durham and existing development on East Main Street, reflect the history and culture of the Durham community, improve everyday livability and activate the community public space.
How to apply: via CaFe
Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must be professional artists or designers as stated in your resume, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 or older. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability.
AREA 1: Exterior Signature Installation The main entrance to the Complex is located on a highly active Main Street corridor at the corner of Elizabeth Street in downtown Durham. At this entry is a spacious plaza which provides a unique opportunity for engagement and interaction with the public. This installation would be highly visible to all pedestrians, passing traffic and visitors to the Police Department and downtown Durham. Other opportunities for public art on the exterior site include a highly transparent glass enclosed corridor along Main Street as well as the exterior Main Street pedestrian corridor or sidewalk and the northeast façade of the parking structure at the visitor’s parking lot.
AREA 2: Interior Signature Installation(s) The main entrance to the Complex will be a highly transparent glass atrium located at the corner of Main and Elizabeth Streets in downtown Durham. This three-story space will be 42 feet tall and will support one or more wall mounted, ceiling hung or free-standing art installations. Lighting may be a component of or incorporated into the design, or may be requested during the construction process to illuminate or accent the artwork. The medium for these pieces is not limited but should be respectful of the existing structure. Located at the northeast corner of the building, this atrium will provide a highly visible space for the art to be seen from the exterior throughout the day and night.
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