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August 31st Memorial - Odessa, TX


Budget: $300,000
Activated: 03/17/2020
Deadline: 05/15/2020
Call Summary
Odessa Arts, in conjunction with the City of Odessa invites professional artists
or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece as a public
memorial to honor the victims and first responders affected by the mass shooting in Odessa,
TX on 8/31/19. This piece will be an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collection.
Budget Description
The budget covers all project related costs including (but not limited to):
project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted
services, lighting, travel to complete the artwork, shipping, delivery of artwork to site, and
installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility
Project Description
On August 31, 2019, the City of Odessa, TX suffered unimaginable terror
and heartbreaking loss when a gunman went on a shooting rampage though the city, killing 7
people, and injuring many more. It was through the coordinated efforts of law enforcement &
first responders that this tragedy was ended before more community members were affected.
Odessa Arts and the City are looking for an artist to create a memorial that will honor the
victims and their families, pay tribute to the first responders, and offer a place for community
members to reflect and mourn, and draw feelings of hope and strength that this community
endured an act of terror and came out stronger.
This piece should be able to withstand the West Texas elements, as it will be sited outdoors,
should require minimal maintenance, and have a lifespan of at least 25 years.
Artwork Goals
The Public Art Committee seeks works by professional artists to add to and
integrate with the City of Odessa and its growing collection of public art. In addition to the
goals stated above, the art should also:
1. Meet the needs of the community
2. Reflect a quality that will engage the community
3. Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa to the external art community
4. Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa, making it an Arts destination
5. Allow the community to use the artwork as an example of exceptional public art
6. Be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain
Artwork Location Description
The artwork will be installed at Memorial Gardens, a city park on a major street in Odessa. The park surrounds a large pond, and has several other works of art that will be re-sited to keep the focus on the memorial piece. Between the pond and the parking lot is a pergola with a statue of a native american in the center. The statue will be re-sited, and the artwork can be rented at the base of the pergola.
Site History
Memorial Gardens is a fixture of the community. Located on 42nd street next to
Southwest Bank, this park consists of a large pond surrounded by a walking trail and various
bronze sculptures of different sizes and shapes. This park routinely serves as a gathering place
for community remembrance services to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, and also
activities for breast cancer awareness and other awareness events. The site for the art currently
hosts a bronze statue of a native american, which will be relocated to allow the chosen artist to
install the new artwork. The selected artist will work closely with Odessa Arts executive
director, Parks and Rec director and city staff to prepare the site for installation, so that the
artwork is the major focus of the park.
This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist
teams with experience in similar projects. All media will be considered. A professional artist is
defined as a skilled practitioner in the original arts with an original self-conceptualized body of
work, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional processing serious intent and
ability. Subcontracts may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation
including but not limited to: construction, fabrication and assembly for portions of a finished
product under the direct supervision and control of an artist. Applications not meeting eligibility
criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. All applications MUST be submitted though No email or mailed applications will be accepted.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
In your letter of interest, please include any statements indicating you have worked on a project of sensitive nature.
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by the August 31 memorial committee to
ensure that each application is legible, complete, and meets all requirements. The pool will be
narrowed to three finalists who will be asked to created a proposal.
Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:
1. Artist merit and technical expertise
2. Demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a
similar scope
3. Ability to execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area
4. Express interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this request for
RFQ released: March 15, 2020
Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2020
Finalists notified: June 15, 2020
Commission Awarded: August 1, 2020
Additional Resources
Memorial Gardens Base Measurements (PDF)
Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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