The West Lawn Art, located at the S.E. corner of University and Main Street at the County Administration Building, will be installed on an existing 12-foot by 12-foot concrete slab.
The project should "be beautiful, of no political message and interesting."
The slab became available after the removal of a statue dedicated to a Confederate soldier. The statue sat there for more than 100 years until the BOCC voted to return it to the Daughters of the Confederacy, who originally donated the statue to the county in 1904. They also voted that a new art work be constructed at the current location that “reflects the shared values and aspirations of the community.”
Now, the BOCC is looking for the best idea for an installation.
The winner's submission would be the inspiration for a "Call to Artist" for an artist to fabricate and install the art. Those who submit ideas are excluded from applying for the Call to Artist to fabricate and install the art. The winner will be awarded $1,000.
Ideas must be submitted online by Friday, August 14, 2020.
Ideas should not honor a person or historical event, but should be visually appealing and interesting. Submittals should be limited to one page, uploaded as a PDF document. While text to describe the art is acceptable, sketches are preferred.
Submitted ideas will be shortlisted to the top three at the Alachua County Arts Council's September 7 meeting, which will then be forwarded to the County Commission for final approval.