Regional: Vail seeks a professional artist to create new skatepark artwork
VAIL — The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites professional artists to submit their qualifications and images of previously integrated public art projects for consideration at Vail’s new skatepark. The project has a budget of $50,000 to commission public art into the skatepark, which will be integral to the aesthetic identity of this unique project. The selected artist will work closely with the designers of the skatepark and the town of Vail design teams to create a cohesive skatepark where art complements the design.
Skateboarding in Vail has been popular for many years. However, due to limited open space in the Vail Valley, skatepark facilities have been limited to portable ramps that are installed each spring and taken down each fall. Multiple attempts at finding a site for a permanent skatepark have come up short for a variety of reasons. Recently, some out-of-the-box thinking has created an opportunity that had not been considered.
The Vail Town Council recently awarded California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier skatepark designers, a contract to design a previously unused space between the north and south structures of the Lionshead parking garage for a permanent skatepark in Vail. This vacant space will be graded to include 5,700 to 6,000 square feet of skating terrain.
The design will maximize this corridor-like space, which measures approximately 230 feet long and 25 feet wide, with flowing transitions and creative transfer options for all levels of skaters.
California Skateparks will incorporate colors and patterns in the concrete skating surfaces and features. The unique location will provide for aerial viewing of the skatepark from various parking decks and access points.
ENHANCE THE DESIGN
The selected artist will integrate public art opportunities to enhance and enliven the space of the skatepark. Working with designers and Art in Public Places, the overall aesthetic of the skatepark will provide a distinctive recreational experience.
Artists may participate in the second design workshop with California Skateparks and the town of Vail on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grand View room, located on the top level of the Lionshead parking structure.
Visit http://www.vailskatepark.com to learn more about Vail’s proposed new permanent skatepark.
To learn more about the artwork criteria, requirements, locations, timeline and artist qualifications, visit http://www.vailgov.com/notices. The deadline for applications is June 12.
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