The private nonprofit Farhang Foundation is looking for professional artists to submit their qualifications for a major public urban art opportunity in Los Angeles, California, USA. This innovative project has been inspired by the unprecedented visit of the 2500 year old Cyrus Cylinder to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles during 2013. The Cylinder narrates the historic role of Cyrus the Great of Persia as a world leader for peace and freedom. Written in Babylonian script, the Cyrus Cylinder has become the most influential and celebrated declaration of religious freedom and political multiculturalism from the ancient world (See Inspirational Facts).
The Foundation is looking for artists from all cultural and political backgrounds, who have had experience working in the public sector, to create a site-specific artwork that commemorates the concepts of religious diversity and freedom as human rights as inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great. Once completed, this artwork will be gifted to the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the Iranian American community by Farhang Foundation.
Farhang Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a non-religious, non-political foundation dedicated to celebrating, promoting, studying and researching Iranian art, culture and history for the benefit of the community at large.
Working with the City of Los Angeles, the Foundation has selected a prominent location for the permanent Freedom: A Shared Dream installation (for specific information regarding the site please see the Site Plan).
Located in a very affluent business and residential district at the heart of west Los Angeles, this site receives a large number of vehicular and pedestrian visitors annually.
The actual artwork site is located on a median strip bordered by a 6 lane avenue and the estimated max dimensions will be as follows: 15’ (4.57m) H by 12’ (3.65m) W by 20’ (6.09m) L. The median itself measures 22’ (6.70m) wide.
The Artist/Art work estimated budget for the design, fabrication and installation is not to exceed $300,000.
It is expected that the final project when completed and installed will reflect and capture the concepts of religious diversity and freedom as Human Rights, as inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great and the Cyrus Cylinder. The completed project is intended to resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds and should further a sense of spirit and unity. The final art project should inspire the principles of freedom, unity, justice, equality, universality, friendship, and humanity.
The selected proposal should be visible and appealing for both drive by and pedestrian viewing. It must take into consideration the safety of the public. The material and structure of the artwork must be suitable for an outdoor environment, and be able to withstand local weather conditions and earthquakes. The selected proposal must not require more than minimal maintenance.
This competition is open to experienced professional public artists including sculptors or other visual art professionals, experienced with the design and implementation of public art projects, as well as the management of installation costs. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Previous experience in the creation of a project for a public place is desirable.
Artist who believe their past experience may not be adequate can send a cover letter with their resume explaining their idea and make a case for their qualification.
Kamran Diba: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art - Founder and Architect
Shazad Ghanbari: Farhang Foundation Trustee & Competition Chair
Linda Komaroff: Curator of Islamic Art and Department Head, Art of the Middle East, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Scott Jay Schaefer: Vice President, International Fine Arts at Sothebys and former Senior Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum
Bennett Simpson: Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
The artist selection process will involve an Art Selection Panel that will consist of five prestigious jurors including curators from major museums of Los Angeles.
In Phase One artists will be selected as semi-finalists based on their qualifications.
In Phase Two the qualified artists will be invited to submit a brief typed narrative (pdf format) including sketches and any visuals that will inform the selection committee as to your vision of the final project.
In Phase Three five to seven finalists will be invited to develop detailed proposals. Each finalist will receive an honorarium of $5,000 upon submission. One artist will be selected for the Freedom: A Shared Dream Project.
|March 23, 2014||Competition Announcement|
|May 1, 2014||Competition Starts - Phase One|
|August 15, 2014||Artist Qualification Application Deadline—Phase One|
|September 1, 2014||Qualified Artists Invited to Submit Narrative & Sketches – Phase Two|
|October 27, 2014||Artists Narrative & Sketches Deadline—Phase Two|
|December 15, 2014||Finalists (5-7) are invited to Submit Proposals – Phase Three|
|February 2, 2015||Finalists Proposals Deadline – Phase Three|
|November 11, 2015||Winner Announcement|
|March, 2017||Installation of Freedom: A Shared Dream|
All submissions must be submitted virtually through www.callforentry.org
Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted. Farhang Foundation reserves the right to reject all submittals.
All submittals will be evaluated on the following:
All submissions must be submitted virtually through CallForEntry.org
Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted. The Farhang Foundation reserves the right to reject all submittals.
All submittals will be evaluated on the following:
Please submit the following as part of your proposal application:
All proposals will be evaluated on the following:
The Art Selection Committee will recommend the top three (3) selected Artworks to the Farhang Foundation Board of Trustees for their final review, selection and ranking, subject to the final approval of the City of Los Angeles.
The finalists selected at PHASE II of the competition will each receive a $5,000 award upon receipt of their models for the third phase. (up to 7 finalists)
Farhang Foundation is not obligated to pay any costs incurred by the semi-finalist Artists in the preparation of a proposal over and above the honorarium provided.
The selected finalist will be awarded the commission to further design, fabricate and install their Freedom: A Shared Dream proposal. If for some reason the project is cancelled, the artist finalist will receive an award of $20,000.
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