The City of West Palm Beach ArtLife WPB program and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency invite Artists/Artist teams to apply to design, fabricate and install unique mosaic style artwork for the gateway walls, benches and undulating walls of the newly designed Heart & Soul Park at 609 8th Street in the Historic Northwest neighborhood.
Now under construction, Heart & Soul Park is anchored by the historic Sunset Lounge, which is undergoing renovation by the CRA. The City is seeking an artist or artist team to work with City/CRA contracted park designers and contractors, designers, staff and the neighboring community to incorporate unique art designs into the undulating walls, benches and gateways of the park.
Through multiple workshops, the neighboring community provided its vision for the park as contemplative, serene, engaging, positive, colorful, organic, whimsical and with musical overtones. The neighboring community desires a public space that would become part of the existing fabric of the neighborhood.
The park’s predominant musical design theme is tied to the Sunset Lounge which, during segregation, hosted many legendary Black and African American jazz artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong. Key features within the park include a piano key history path, history stations, a playground of musical instruments, and shapes of musical instruments.
This public art opportunity is open to professional visual artists or artist-led teams based in Palm Beach County. Organizations, architectural and engineering firms, design (non-public art) firms, galleries and public art consultants are not eligible. All interested artists or teams must submit their application to the following link: https://www.publicartist.org/artist/calls.cfm
Only submissions via this link will be considered, there will be no exceptions. The commissioning budget is $120,000 and is all-inclusive of all associated costs. Proposals that exceed the commissioning budget will be disqualified. The application deadline is March 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST
Funding is made possible through contributions made by developers to the city’s public art fund.
ArtLife WPB is the public art program of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. ArtLife projects capture the diverse, contemporary beat and rich history that make West Palm Beach a destination city.
For more information about ArtLife WPB, please visit https://www.wpb.org/our-city/artlife-wpb.
To contact Sybille Welter, City of West Palm Beach Administrator of Public Art and Culture, email email@example.com. For questions about the Heart & Soul Call to Artists, email Ms. Welter and note “Historic Heart & Soul” in the subject line.