Introduction The Richmond Grows Gardens Program and the Public Art Commission are partnering to commission three separate pieces of functional art for use in Community Gardens around Richmond. Artists throughout the Richmond, Virginia region are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration. Four to six finalists will receive $500 each to develop a more comprehensive proposal for final consideration.
Number of Commissions: 3
The vision for this project is art installations that enhance the functionality and aesthetic impact of the City’s community gardens. Our objective is to commission works that simultaneously address a pressing infrastructure need for the City’s community gardeners while also promoting the City’s commitment to public art.
Goals • Enhance each community garden with a distinctive aesthetic experience • Reinforce the importance of the garden as a community facility • Meet each garden’s tool storage requirements (anywhere from 216 to 720 cubic feet). Priority will be given to proposals that also address an additional functional need such as a water catchment system, seating/community gathering spot and/or shade.
Site Information The three Community Gardens are: • Charles S. Gilpin at 1420 St Peter Street • Alice Fitz at 1301 Perry Street • Broad Rock at 404 E Broad Rock Road
Further details about each garden will be provided to the finalists selected to submit a full proposal.