Project Overview: Hillsborough County (County) is interested in receiving submissions from artists demonstrating their ability to provide completely realized three dimensional artwork for the exterior display of a landmark sculpture at the future roadway roundabout at the intersection of Durant Road, and Miller Road. This project is focused on acquiring public art that will be permanently displayed at the roundabout. A location map and sketches of the proposed roundabout is included in Exhibit A of this document.
The project will have several stakeholders including the Board of County Commissioners, County Administration, the Public Art Committee, various County Departments, and other interested community organizations and individuals. The desired theme for the artwork is of a life-sized statue in the likeness of Professor William G. Tousey, the founder of Valrico. The piece should be comprised of a natural material, monolithic in form and require very low maintenance. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of the artwork, to include foundation structural design and related permitting of the base/pedestal and the art/sculpture. A marker shall be placed at each pedestrian crossing with information on Professor Tousey, the history of Valrico, and a description of the statue. The artwork will become part of the County’s permanent public art collection. Artists are required to submit qualifications, and encouraged to provide illustrations (images, renderings), and a brief statement describing an initial concept idea for this project. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums suitable for an outdoor environment will be represented.
This intersection is located South-East Hillsborough County. The roundabout will be a two-lane design. It is preferable to have artwork centrally located in the roundabout. At the time of this Call to Artists issuance, the design plans show a center island with a diameter of 54 feet (27 feet radius). The artist should include in his/her design a plinth that is approximately 6 feet in height to be designed and constructed in the center island of the roundabout. The sculpture is to be at lease life-sized.
Three finalists will be selected to provide site specific proposals. Each selected finalist will be paid an honorariums of up to $750.00 (seven hundred and fifty dollars). Site Specific Proposals must include a site specific maquette and/or other visual depictions of the proposed artwork. Final selection will be made by the Board of County Commissioners.
Artwork will be located at the future roundabout at the intersection of Durant Rd. and Miller Rd.
Artwork to be designed for minimal maintenance.
Artwork designed with a four-sided plinth, with the following words engraved on each face, as follows; Face 1 “Professor William G. TOUSEY Founder”, Face 2 “Valrico” [line break] “Rich Valley”, Face 3 “Valrico formerly Long Pond”, and Face 4 “America’s one and only Valrico”.
Face 1 shall face the same direction as the front of the statue, Face 2 shall be on the statue’s left, Face 3 shall be on the statue’s right, and Face 4 shall face the same direction as the rear of the statue.
County staff will determine which direction the statue faces.
Artwork to be a high quality, free standing outdoor sculpture.
Artwork to be an original design (not reproduced).
Artwork will not draw viewers to it but is appreciated from a distance (i.e. non interactive)
Artwork should not create a distracting situation for drivers using the roundabout
Artwork shall be placed on a plinth 6 feet in height made of natural materials (such as concrete, with an inlay such as stone or brick).
Artwork should be structurally sound and meet applicable standards of the Florida Building Code and Hillsborough County Public Works requirements in regard to the foundation, wind loading, placement, etc. Final work will need to be engineered and stamped/signed by a registered Florida engineer.
Artwork must be placed in the center of the roundabout.
Materials used must meet the demands of Hillsborough County’s local climate.
The artwork should be at least life-sized.
The subject of the artwork should be depicted in full clothing.
A marker shall be placed at each of the pedestrian crossings with information on the history on Professor Tousey, the history of Valrico, and a description of the statue. County staff will consult with Tamp Bay History Center staff on the depiction of Professor Tousey and historical information for the markers.
The artwork must not contain any signs or traffic control features, auditory devices, reflective surfaces, flashing lights, moving parts or illumination.
The artwork must be devoid of advertising, including charitable, fraternal, religious, or political signs, symbols, logos, banners or any other such device.
The artwork, must not obstruct any signs or interfere with any sight distance, sight triangle, or view zone.
The artwork must have an anti-graffiti coating.
The artist must provide a two year warranty on materials and craftsmanship