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Art in Public Places issues call for artists for educational art installation

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In 2012, Gore Creek was listed as an impaired waterway due to low aquatic life under the Clean Water Act. In 2016, the town of Vail adopted a plan to restore Gore Creek. The plan includes restoration and infrastructure projects and public-education programs to raise awareness of how people’s actions impact Gore Creek.

VAIL — The town of Vail's Art in Public Places invites artists to submit their qualifications and images of previous artwork — painting, pastel and drawing — for consideration in the town-wide program to educate the public about storm sewers and promote the health of Gore Creek.

The selected artists will be commissioned to create an original and specific work of a fish species native to Gore Creek. The image will be digitally transferred to a slip-resistant decal, which will be adhered in proximity to selected storm drains throughout the town of Vail. Selected artists will receive a $500 stipend.

In 2012, Gore Creek was listed as an impaired waterway due to low aquatic life under the Clean Water Act. The impacts of human development in the Gore Creek watershed have led to a decline in aquatic insect populations. These insects are the primary food source for trout and many species of birds.

In 2016, the town of Vail adopted a plan to restore Gore Creek. The plan includes restoration and infrastructure projects and public-education programs to raise awareness of how people's actions impact Gore Creek. This art installation is in collaboration with the town of Vail's Environmental Sustainability Division and will be an important part of the effort to raise awareness about the influence storm-water pollution has on the health of aquatic ecosystems in Vail.

Enhancing Vail's beauty

Sites include various storm sewers in highly trafficked areas in Vail Village, Lionshead Village, Golden Peak and surrounding public parks and playgrounds.

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The work should enhance the beauty of the Vail streetscape design and the Vail community. The works will be in highly visible locations for residents and guests to view. The selected artist will work closely with the town's Art in Public Places Board and town staff to ensure the highest quality of art is represented.

As a public space, the art should be engaging and pleasing for all ages. Designs should be sensitive to this public location used by people of all ages and may not portray nudity (full or partial), sexualized images, violence or weapons, racist or sexist, crude language or political or religious references in any manner. The town will have the right to remove the artwork if it is offensive in any manner and does not adhere to these standards.

Artists must submit a letter of interest indicating their vision, qualifications and approach for the project (limit one page); visual support materials of previous work, which could include CDs, prints, website or jpegs no larger than 8 megabytes (five to 10 images at most); and an annotated image list to accompany any submitted images (medium, date and scale). Mailed materials will not be returned without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The town of Vail's Art in Public Places Board also will review previous work submitted by artists and their criteria for qualifications. Artists whose work would be of further interest will be contacted. For more information about the town of Vail's Art in Public Places, visit http://www.artinvail.com.

Submit a proposal

Materials may be emailed to artinvail@vailgov.com, with “Storm Sewers” in the subject line, or mailed to Art in Public Places Coordinator, Town of Vail, 1309 Elkhorn Drive, Vail, CO 81657. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 24, with proposed selection notification on Monday, March 6. Deadline for the commissioned art is Friday, April 28, with installation completed by Thursday, June 1. A $500 stipend will be issued per selected artist/artwork upon approval of artwork.