Public Art Work / City of Toronto

Call to Artists for Expression of Interest (EOI)
Permanent Public Art Work
Public Art at Dawes Road and Victoria Park

Toronto Cultural Services works with staff across City of Toronto divisions and agencies, boards and commissions to identify exciting new opportunities for commissioning innovative contemporary artworks in the City’s public spaces.

Transportation Services, Public Realm, Cycling Infrastructure, Technical Services, City Planning Urban Design, and Cultural Services have been working together with Councillor Janet Davis and the local community to coordinate a number of improvements to Dawes Road, including the relocation of the intersection of Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue.   The proposed changes will address the safety concerns at Ferris Road and improve the pedestrian environment, increase the available green space and provide an opportunity for civic improvements and public art.

Dawes Road has a rich history as one of the busiest roads in this section of Ontario in the nineteenth century providing farmers from developing Scarborough with the ability to get their produce, livestock and lumber to market in York in a fast and effective manner. Dawes Road does not follow a typical grid pattern along surveyed lots and there is some suggestion that this variation is due to the fact that its origin is based in an early native trail.

Cultural Services views the unique context and parameter of this site as an opportunity to commission an artist or artist team to create a site specific public art work. The artist or artist team will also be requested to work with a recognized experienced landscape architect of their choice to implement an integrated art and landscape concept for this project. The two indicated locations for public art provide an opportunity for a visual connection linking the north and south sites with a gateway work that enhances the identity of this neighborhood.

The art production budget for this project including all fees, materials, technologies, fabrication, landscaping and installation costs is $400,000.

For this first stage of the competition, Toronto Cultural Services is inviting local and national artists or artist teams along with their chosen landscaper to respond to this Expression of Interest (EOI) by submitting the following:

Resume(s) in text form (including landscape architect or designer)
Artist(s) statement in text form outlining interest in the project and experience
6 to 8 digital images of recent, relevant work in the following format:
jpg images on a PC compatible CD-R
each maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels
each resolution of 72 dpi
each maximum of 1 MB
each RGB, sRGB or grayscale colour mode files only (no CMYK)
caption each with number, your name and title of work
An “Image Information” sheet, that details per image: number, artist(s) name, title, date, medium, and dimensions. Please be sure the number on the list matches the number of the jpeg image.
Be sure to label the CD-R with your name.
If desired, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of submission material.
Submissions by email are not accepted.

Please note: Artists are NOT asked to submit proposals at this first stage of the competition.

A short list of 3 to 5 artists will be selected during this first stage. For the second stage of the competition each artist will be paid a fee to develop a project proposal based on a Terms of Reference document provided to him or her by Toronto Cultural Services. A public open house exhibition of the short listed designs and final design selection will be held at a date and place to be announced.

The public art concept for the Dawes Road and Victoria Park project will be selected through a two stage open competition by a specially convened independent Selection Committee made up of practicing arts professionals and community representatives.

The Dawes Road and Victoria Park project is administered by the Public Art Office of Cultural Services, City of Toronto with assistance from the public art consultant Andrew Davies.
Google map link to Dawes Road and Victoria Park Ave intersection

Submissions must be received by Friday, 6 May 2011 at 4:00 p.m. via mail or
hand-delivered to:

The Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 414
Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7
Attention: Andrew Davies

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