Art in Public Places issues call for artists to place artwork in 2 Bend roundabouts


The public will be able to give their opinion on the finalists of the sculptures at each location

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Art in Public Places issued a call for artists on Wednesday, saying it was seeking to commission two large-scale permanent works of art for Butler Market Road, Empire Avenue and the 27th Roundabout. street in NE Bend and the Powers Road and Brookswood Boulevard roundabout in SW Bend.

The Butler Market Road, Empire Avenue and 27th Street roundabout opened in October 2020, with 20,000 cars on Butler Market Road and 27th Street each day. There are many established neighborhoods (Boyd Acres, Mt. View and Orchard District) nearby, as well as a large new residential development being built just off Butler Market Road at Deschutes Market Road.

The Powers & Brookswood Roundabout is located half a mile from Bend Parkway, providing north and south access to Highway 97. This roundabout provides direct access to the west side of Bend off the Parkway for cars traveling to the Mount Bachelor or to the north. downtown Bend. This roundabout is located just south of the Old Mill area and the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. Brookswood Boulevard is also a major north/south corridor on the west side of Bend.

“Both roundabout locations are key intersections for significant amounts of daily traffic in Bend. With the growth of these areas of the city, the opportunity to place large-scale public art for residents and visitors is exciting,” said Romy Mortensen, President of the AIPP.

Art in Public Places will announce the finalists for each location, and the community will have the opportunity to view the digital renders and submit their comments online or in person. The installation of the two sculptures will take place over 2022-2023. The cost of the sculptures is covered by the Bend Foundation. The art will be owned and maintained by the City of Bend as part of its public art collection.

This is a competition open to artists or teams of artists residing in the Northwestern and Southwestern United States, specifically Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Members of the Black, Indigenous, Colored (BIPOC), Female, and LGBTQAI+ community are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists living in Oregon are strongly encouraged to apply.

The project schedule is 2022-2023 and the total project budget for each roundabout is $130,000.

A full list of Call to Artists site background and submission requirements can be found at CAFÉ.

Powers Road and Brookswood Boulevard Roundabout:

Empire Avenue & Butler Market Road & 27th Street Roundabout:

About Art in Public Places: Art in Public Places is a non-profit organization that has donated public art throughout the city of Bend, Oregon since 1973. For more than 40 years, Art in Public Places has created an enhanced visual environment for residents of Bends and promotes tourism and economic vitality through the artistic design of public spaces.


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