Call For Artists To Design Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial

Credit: Debra Bowie. Bowie says this was taken as her family evacuated on June 26, 2012. She says the community really pulled together that day and in the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
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Sculptors, designers and artists experienced in creating outdoor public art projects are invited to participate in a design competition to create the Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial.

The memorial will be located in Mountain Shadows Park, in northwest Colorado Springs.

This call for artists is being issued to artists throughout the country, and asks artists to submit their qualifications for this site-specific project.

“The memorial will serve to honor the memory of those who lost their lives, to acknowledge the loss of homes and property, to pay tribute to those who served and protected us, and finally to show the passion and spirit behind the restoration of a community,” said Nora Gledich, a volunteer for Colorado Springs Together, the citizen-led nonprofit organization facilitating and coordinating the recovery of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. Gledich is overseeing the process to build the memorial.

The Request for Qualifications is being issued using the Call for Entry or CaFE system established by the Western States Arts Federation. More information can be found here and search for Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial.

Colorado Springs Together created a memorial committee that worked with the Mountain Shadows neighborhood to develop core details for the memorial. Finalists chosen to compete for the memorial will be provided in-depth discussion of those concepts to use in creating their designs.

Three to five finalists will be asked to create a design for the sculpture and will present their concepts to the committee and at public forums. A stipend will be awarded to each finalist to help offset their costs and time in completing their final submissions.

Selection process: A selection committee will review all artists’ submissions and select the winning proposal. Committee members will include representatives of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, CST, the Arts Commission of the Pikes Peak Region, arts professionals, and the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department .

Eligibility: All artists or artist teams with experience in creating site-specific outdoor artwork

Project Budget: The final project is expected to cost $30,000 to $40,000 dollars, including installation in the park.

Submission Deadline: Oct. 20, 2013

Site-specific Considerations: The artwork is to encourage people to reflect on the events surrounding the Waldo Canyon Fire, and it is to serve as a permanent memorial for Bill and Barbara Everett, who lost their lives in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Submissions will also be subject to review and acceptance by the Public Arts Commission of the Pikes Peak Region, to ensure the work’s reflection of community interest and its long term sustainability in our area’s high-altitude environment.

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens, business professionals and dedicated public servants in the community, facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26, 2012, by the Waldo Canyon Fire.