Artists Sought to Design ‘Iconic, Large-Scale Installation’ in Southwest

by Andrew Ramonas April 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Buzzard Point Pepco facility (Image via D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities)

D.C. officials are looking to bring some art to the area around a new Pepco facility in Buzzard Point.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, along with the electric company, are seeking artists to design, fabricate and install public art for the forthcoming Pepco electrical substation at 1st and R streets SW.

Up to five artists chosen as semi-finalists will receive $2,000. The winner will have a budget of $250,000 for the project.

According to a notice from the arts commission, the art should:

  • Activate the Pepco Waterfront Substation plaza space with an iconic, large-scale installation.

  • Create a gateway element for the area, which will serve as a major thoroughfare with the forthcoming DC United Soccer Stadium.

  • Contribute to an inviting community space with engaging public art to promote communal activities and walkability in the neighborhood.

  • Activate a project site identified as an economic development core focus area by the DC Office of Planning.

  • Address themes of technology, power, energy, sports and/or athletics.

“Buzzard Point, located on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, is on the verge of transforming from a bare, industrial area into a vibrant, mixed-used neighborhood anchored by a planned DC United Soccer Stadium,” the notice says.

The application deadline is May 5.

Image via D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities


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