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Call to Artists - Ivor Dent Sports Park Public Art Project
The Ivor Dent Sports Park public art competition, open to professional Artists residing in
Edmonton and surrounding area, is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy
Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas (C458C).
Budget: $24,000.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)
Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on Friday, April 28, 2017
Installation: Summer/Fall 2017
See supplemental drawing package at http://publicart.edmontonarts.ca/calls/
An INFORMATION SESSION will be held:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5:00 pm 6:15 pm
Lestock Lounge Room 218 B, 2nd Floor Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 108 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
RSVP is required by Monday, April 3, 2017 the event will be cancelled with low response, please
City of Edmonton & EAC Public Art personnel will outline the specifics of the project and
AFTER INFO SESSION
The Edmonton Arts Council will post notes from the meeting online at http://publicart.edmontonarts.ca/calls/
For more information, contact Chelsea Boida: phone (780) 4242787 ext. 229, or email: email@example.com
The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites proposals from all potentially interested
artists. We thank all artists for contributing their time and professional work for their initial concept proposal submissions.
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About EdmontonLocated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton, Alberta is known as Festival City and Gateway to the North.
With more than one million people living in the Greater Edmonton region, the city is the largest, northernmost municipality
in North America. Geographically, Edmonton is situated at the boundary between prairie and boreal forest. The river valley
constitutes the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in North America.
Edmonton is home to Canadas second-largest urban Indigenous community. The City of Edmonton lies in the heart of
Treaty No. 6 territory and honours the traditions and spirit of the area. For centuries this area has been a place of gathering,
relationship building, harmony, balance, and commerce for many peoples. It was in this place that early relationships led to the
development of Treaty No. 6 Territory, the Province of Alberta, and the City of Edmonton. This relationship with the Confederacy
of Treaty Six First Nations has been recognized by the City of Edmonton through City Councils Declaration-StrengtheningRelationships between the City of Edmonton, Urban Aboriginal Peoples, the Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord, and theMemorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue signed in 2012.
Since the 1800s Edmonton has been home to the Mtis people who were some of the first settlers in the Edmonton area
and played a significant role in its development. They continue to be the largest proportion of the Indigenous population in
This deep history, and the subsequent migration of many new Canadians to the area, imbues Edmonton with a rich cultural
and ethnic heritage. This diversity contributes to a dynamic urban landscape alive with arts and culture, business, research
and development, and industry. Indicators for the next twelve years point to steady economic and population growth. As
Edmontons economy flourishes, so does the spirit of revitalization. Edmonton is undergoing an unprecedented amount of
infrastructure growth with major roadways, streetscapes, and significant development in neighbourhoods.
Aspects of these, and other municipal projects, including public transportation, provide public art opportunities through the
Citys Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas policy.
Edmontons spirit of optimism is reflected through its ever-evolving Public Art Collection. With more than 200 pieces, the
Collection includes visual art from a variety of disciplines by local, national and international artists.
Ivor Dent Sports ParkIvor Dent Sports Park is located at Ellerslie Road and 50 Street south of Anthony Henday Drive. Historically used as a shooting
range for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the sports park is now a facility for a wide diversity of field sports.
Officially named in 2013, the park recognizes the contributions of Dr. Ivor Dent to the City of Edmonton. Dr. Dent (1924-2009)
served as Mayor (1968-1974) and Alderman (1964-1968). The 138-hectare parcel of land was designated its current status as a
Multi-Sport Tournament and Recreation Site in 2004.
The current development will enhance the parks capacity to host a multicultural blend of sports including soccer, rugby,
cricket, kabaddi, and ultimate, as well as adding additional parking. The park will continue to host local team practices and
games, as well as hosting a wide range of tournaments at the municipal, provincial, national and international scale.
Ivor Dent Sports Park
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Sports Park OperationsFour sport organizations have partnered with the City to develop and operate leased areas of the park;
Each partner organization has entered into a long term lease agreement with the City and is responsible for the cost of capital
development, ongoing operations and maintenance of the land and buildings applicable to each leased premises. The City will
be responsible for maintaining the roads, parking areas and shared landscaping.
Public Art OpportunityThe Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, seeks an artist or artist team to create a
series of artistic elements to be attached to light poles lining the park entrance.
This artwork opportunity is highly visible and will lend a welcoming, celebratory, vibrant, and visually stimulating element to
the park entrance. As the first thing seen by visitors, the artwork will lead them in, and pique their interest. No theme is directly
proposed; artwork celebrating the spirit of inclusivity inherent in sports communities may be considered.
Artists may work with a minimum of four, and up to six, of the most visible poles (see pages 3 & 7).
Due to its durability, metal is the preferred artwork medium for this project.
Artwork Opportunity Locations - Light Poles 1 - 6.
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Artwork design parameters
The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:
areas not normally accessible to the public);
Safer Cities Initiatives Applicable to Artwork on Public Road Rights or WayCity Council approved the Design Guide for Safer Cities in 1995. This guide incorporated the concepts of Crime Prevention
Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and calls for enhancing safety and security through planning and design factors.
Two of the important principles are: Awareness of the surrounding environment, and Visibility by others. The concept of
providing artwork on public road rights-of-way to screen unsightly properties and/or generally enhance the aesthetics of a
street allows for large pieces of art to be installed. While potentially large objects can be attractive, the concept of CPTED must
be realized since the proposed artwork will be immediately adjacent to sidewalks and private lands used by pedestrians. The
impact of the artwork on the safety and security of pedestrians must be minimized as much as possible and should reflect the
Unobstructed sightlines, adequate lighting, and the avoidance of confined and hidden
spaces. Pedestrians must be able to see around, through, under or over the artwork to see if danger exists. If this cannot be done,
lighting should be supplied to light potential hiding or entrapment areas. The artwork should not employ spaces where a
person could hide or confine another person. Spaces within the artwork could allow for natural surveillance.
Visibility by others. The ability to be seen by others increases a sense of safety. Lighting and/or the design of the artwork should allow for
visibility by passing motorists or other pedestrians. Inset spaces should be lit. If street lightin