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Expression of Interest: Commissioning of Indigenous Sculptural Art

Niagara is hosting the 2022 Canada Summer Games and is looking to commission an outdoor sculpture that celebrates Indigenous history and cultures.

The outdoor sculpture will honour Niagara's rich history of Indigenous peoples who have lived in the area for thousands of years, and its current diversity as home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from across Turtle Island.

The public art feature will be located at the northwest corner of the International Plaza at Niagara Region Headquarters, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, adjacent to the Canada Summer Games site.

Application

The application is open to all emerging, mid-career and established Indigenous artists (18 years of age and older) of Indigenous ancestry.

Applications are closed.

Sculpture requirements

The sculpture is to be permanently installed outdoors and engaging for all ages and abilities. The sculpture should:

  • Not exceed six metres in height
  • Fit within a three by three metre area
  • Be seen from multiple vantage points, such as from the intersection and within the International Plaza
  • Be within the $25,000 budget
  • Not use any projecting features from the artwork, such as sound, lighting, smoke, heat, air

Artists are to submit one final design for an outdoor sculptural installation, which must be installed by June 30, 2022.

Process and criteria

A selection committee intends to select the winning submission by March 11, 2022. The submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Meets dimensional specifications and fits within the site and appropriateness of scale of the artwork to the International Plaza (10%)
  • Suitability of the work for outdoor display, including permanence of materials and maintenance (10%)
  • Ability for the piece to be complete before the Canada Summer Games (20%)
  • Ability of the model, sketches, images to express what the artist describes in the written portion (20%)
  • Relevance of the piece to communicate the culture or history of indigenous people (20%)
  • Cost of outdoor sculpture and installation (20%)
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