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Call for Artists: Plum Street Roundabout Sidewalk Mosaic

June 28, 2023 | Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Public Art Program

The City of Lancaster is seeking a qualified artist or artist team for the commission of a sidewalk mosaic in a hardscaped courtyard to be located on the southeast side of the Plum Street roundabout.  

The City of Lancaster Department of Public Works is installing a permanent roundabout at the intersection of North Plum and East New streets and Park Avenue. A temporary roundabout is currently installed in its place. The construction schedule will begin August 30, 2023, and will be completed by June of 2024.  

The roundabout will be accompanied by a variety of amenities including vegetated curbing, street trees and other foliage, a hardscaped courtyard, street furniture, and public art in the form of a sidewalk mosaic. The City is seeking an artist to complete the 40-square foot mosaic to be installed in the concrete of the hardscaped courtyard. 

The City is committed to creating opportunities for our local artist community, be it through commissioned work or by facilitating learning opportunities for skill development. Artists are preferred to reside in or near the City, though, non-local artists are welcome to apply, particularly those who have experience working with emerging artists. Non-local artists will be asked to provide hands-on experience to one local artist throughout the artistic process. 

Selection will take place using a two-phase process. A selection committee will first review applications submitted through the Request for Qualification. Up to three finalists will be selected by the committee. Finalists will then be invited to complete phase two of the selection process which includes the final design proposal. Final design proposals will be reviewed by the Public Art Advisory Board. 

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, July 17, 2023. 

To apply, submit materials to Molly Kirchoff, Program Manager of the Office of Public Art & Urban Design, at mkirchoff@cityoflancasterpa.gov.