← View All Articles

Augusta calls for traffic circle sculpture proposals

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is requesting proposals from qualified sculptors or artist teams to create a unique, durable, low-maintenance, meaningful sculpture to be placed in the center of the fully landscaped Twiggs Circle traffic roundabout in Augusta, Georgia.

The purpose of the sculpture is to create a highly visible, visually pleasing addition to the historic Golden Blocks. The Golden Blocks project highlights the rich cultural legacy of the historically Black neighborhoods of Laney Walker and Bethlehem. The sculpture is intended to last for 50 years in good condition and incorporate the conceptual theme of the History of Augusta's Black Medical Community. The selected artist will receive a stipend of $15,000 to cover expenses associated with the envisioning, creation, transport and installation of the sculpture. The request for proposals is open to all professional sculptors and artist teams residing in the Southeast region of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). All members of any team that applies must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States. Artists who apply for this call are strongly encouraged to research the history of Augusta’s Black medical community. In depth questions about Black history in Augusta can be answered by Corey Rogers, historian at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum: 706.724.3576 or ocur761@gmail.com. This sculpture call is made possible by a generous grant from Georgia Rehabilitation Institute, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that serves to better the lives of persons with disabilities and the elderly population in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). This request for proposals is part of the Golden Blocks public history through public art place-keeping project, a collaboration between the Greater Augusta Arts Council, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, and the Augusta Housing & Community Development Department. The Twiggs Circle roundabout is part of the Augusta Housing & Community Development Department’s Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Area.

Submitted material

New Augusta Sculpture Trail issues national call for art

10 works to be exhibited for two years

Cross-river Augusta, Georgia is joining a national array of cities that bring new art into public spaces through the temporary lease of outdoor sculptures.

Local artists and artists from across the country are invited to submit images and physical specifications for their ready-to-install, original sculptures. As the public art agency for the city of Augusta, the Greater Augusta Arts Council is seeking 10 leasable, pre-existing, outdoor sculptures to be installed for a duration of two years in Downtown Augusta as part of the new Augusta Sculpture Trail. These sculptures will be placed at intervals downtown that will create a fun and easy outdoor walking trail. The 10 selected locations use city of Augusta sidewalks for access, making them fully accessible for everyone to enjoy. The Arts Council will produce a digital walking tour that can be accessed from any mobile device which will help visitors learn specifics about each work of art and artist while they explore the Sculpture Trail. There will also be fun monthly Sculpture Trail events tied to the public artwork locations.

About the call for art

All sculpture sites will have a 4’x4’ concrete base and are spaced in a manner to promote walking from one sculpture to another, creating a trail to follow. Some basic requirements include that the work must be structurally sound and must be of a scale large enough to be clearly visible from a distance. It also must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions common to the Augusta River region. The work must be safe for public display and not include sharp or easily scalable parts. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2-year lease of their work ($1,500 upon installation, $1,500 upon de-installation). One piece of art will be purchased at the end of the installation to add to the city's permanent art collection. The call for entries is open now through Oct. 8, 2020. Selected artists will be notified by Oct. 30 and installations will begin January 15-30, 2021. Artists may apply up to three (3) times with separate works. For questions regarding applications email pax@augustaarts.com. The application is online at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8041. The Augusta Sculpture Trail is part of a larger Public Art Master Plan for the City of Augusta. It is intended to create a walkable art trail designed for promotion to attract local and regional visitors to the Downtown Augusta area.

Jason Rapp