Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Call For Artists - Lifeguard Headquarters

Laguna Beach: New Lifeguard HeadquartersLifeguard Headquarters Art-in-Public Places Project

Deadline: July 15, 2013

Honorarium: $60,000

The City of Laguna Beach is seeking applications from qualified artists to undertake a $60,000 sculpture installation for the new Lifeguard Headquarters Facility currently under construction at Main Beach in Laguna Beach.

The City of Laguna Beach is constructing a new Lifeguard Headquarters Facility which includes public restrooms. The construction is subject to the City's Art in Public Places requirement to install public art. Main Beach Park and the location of the Lifeguard Headquarters Facility is in a centrally located site and is one of the City's five ocean front parks. The project site is located at 175 North Coast Highway, near the west end of Main Beach where the sea and cliff begins. The area has high pedestrian traffic with beach use, and beach and park recreation activities, both active and passive.

The Arts Commission is seeking a written proposal, qualifications, images of previous work and references from an artist or artist team who reside in the United States. The sculpture must be inspired by the theme of the ocean and lifeguards. The sculpture cannot exceed 3' in height by 25' in length and should be representational, incorporating figurative elements. The Commission is seeking applications from artists with proven experience in public art. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15, 2013. All applications must be made on-line at

Information on site and entry requirements is available at

Site Requirements
  • To create a low profile sculpture extending along the grassy berm on the ocean side of the building.
  • The proposed sculpture must be inspired by the theme of the ocean and lifeguards and cannot exceed 3’ in height and 25’ in length. 
  • The sculpture cannot block the view from the Lifeguard Headquarters to the beach and cannot be one continuous structure.
  • The sculpture can be multiple or singular pieces.
  • The proposed design should be representational and incorporate figurative elements.
  • The proposed project must be constructed of durable materials that will be easy to maintain in an ocean environment.
  • All art work must have surfaces that are safe to touch.
  • All art work must be securely installed.
  • Artist must guarantee the construction and installation of the art work for five years.
  • No exposed wooden and painted elements will be considered.

Note: It appears to me that two of the requirements contradict each other. The third requirement states: "cannot be one continuous structure." And the forth requirement states: "The sculpture can be multiple or singular pieces."

Am I just reading this wrong or is there a contradiction here?

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