Request for Expressions of Interest
Expression of Interest for $100,000 Public Artwork in Marlborough
The Blenheim Business Association is seeking concept proposals from innovative designers, artists, and creative practitioners to design a permanent contemporary artwork that will help tell the ‘sunshine’ story of Marlborough.
The design should reflect, and celebrate Marlborough as consistently one of the sunniest places in NZ.
Each season in Marlborough has its distinct appeal; and is characterised by its own form of sunshine. Summer brings long warm days and stunning evenings; autumn promises clear, still, blue sky days, a blaze of vineyard colour; winter is short and brings a spectacular rim of snow on the distant high-country mountains and spring arrives with a sudden burst of cherry blossom and leaf.
- We are looking for a work that will provide a focal point for the park, encourage increased foot traffic and pedestrian activity at the site, add vibrancy and interest to a currently underutilised space, and celebrate our ‘sunshine’ story and its connection to our region, our industries, and our people.
- It should engage visitors and users of the park, being an intriguing intervention that will add interest and generate discussion.
- Being a celebration of sunshine, there is great opportunity to include a solar element to the design, and a focus on harnessing renewable energy sources in a creative way.
Phase 1 – expression of interest: all eligible submissions will be reviewed and a short list of 3 or 4 designers or design teams will be selected to progress to detailed concept development.
Phase 2 – detailed concept development: the shortlisted designers/design teams will enter into a Commissioning Agreement with the Blenheim Business Association for Phase 2 – detailed concept development. The concept design fee for phase 2 is $1,500 per designer/design team.
Phase 3 – design development, installation & fabrication: the successful applicant will enter into a Commissioning Agreement with the Blenheim Business Association for Phase 3 – design development, fabrication and installation. The fee and payment schedule will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to entering into the contractual arrangement.