Large-scale artwork will be created for roundabout in Chilliwack

The aim is to create something with high visual appeal for about $50,000 by late next year

A Request for Proposals (RFP) process kicked off last week in Chilliwack for a large-scale artwork to be anchored in the centre island of the Evans Road Roundabout.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) process kicked off last week in Chilliwack for a large-scale artwork to be anchored in the centre island of the Evans Road Roundabout.

It will be the first significant piece of public art in Chilliwack visible from the highway.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) went out last week from City of Chilliwack for a large-scale artwork to be anchored in the centre island of the Evans Road Roundabout.

“They’re sending out the call far and wide,” said Coun. Sue Attrill, chair of the Public Art Advisory Committee. “Of course it would be nice if it ended up being a Chilliwack artist, but the RFP is open to all artists.”

The design will have to be vetted from an engineering standpoint, and the aim is to create something with high visual appeal for about $50,000 by late next year.

“They have to make sure it’s safe, and designed appropriately for a roundabout,” said Attrill.

The RFP closes January 25.

“We’re excited to see what the artistic community comes up with,” she said.

The artwork must meet specifications and be delivered no later than September 29, 2017.

The RFP is geared for artists/teams who are well-versed in public art, budgeting, fabrication and installation.

“The successful artist in the competitive process will design, fabricate and deliver the outdoor public art of which the City will arrange to have installed in the centre island of the Evans Road Roundabout.

The city’s relatively new public art program aims “to enrich the visual environment of the community” by placing works of art in strategic locations.

“The Evans Road roundabout is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway and hosts a significant amount of local traffic,” reads the RFP document. “Establishing a piece of public art in this location will present a visually impactful first impression of Chilliwack and furthers the introduction of public art to the community.”

See the bid document connected with the project at chilliwack.com on the ‘bid/tenders’ page under the name ‘Artwork for Evans Road Roundabout.’

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