California Arts Council

State of California

Artist Call Detail

Andy's Unity Park Public Art Installations
For International artists

Applications must be received at the Sonoma County Regional Parks office no later than 2:00pm on November 17, 2017.  Digital and/or hardcopy submissions will be accepted.  Format for submissions shall be 8.5 x 11 and contain a maximum of twenty (20) single sided pages including the application form.

Submit completed application packets to:

Regional Parks Art Opportunity

2300 County Center Drive #120A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

This opportunity is open to individual artists and/or teams of artists residing and practicing in Northern California.  Artists working in a variety of permanent, durable, outdoor media are encouraged to apply. 

To download a complete Request for Proposal document including application form click Here

Description of Project:
This opportunity is for three (3) small-scale, public art installations located at a new park currently under construction in the Moorland neighborhood of Southwest Santa Rosa. Sonoma County Regional Parks is pleased to partner with the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation in offering this opportunity. Construction of Andy’s Unity Park began in June 2017 and is projected to be completed by February 2018. The 4-acre park will include a variety of features such as a community kiosk and plaza, play area, memorial area for Andy Lopez, skate spot and teen zone, off-leash dog area, community garden, picnic areas, a restroom, and open lawn areas.  The park site is comprised of a 1-acre site (which contains the memorial area for Andy Lopez, among other features), and a 3-acre parcel separated by Horizon Way. 

Please note that artists are encouraged to submit proposals for one (1), two (2), or all three (3) of the art pieces described below.

The park was designed and named through an extensive community participation process.  The name of the park reflects the community desire to honor the neighborhood youth, Andy Lopez who was tragically killed on the site, and also promotes the concept of unity within the Moorland community.  The design of the three (3) art pieces should reflect these two ideas, and may be connected thematically or through the use of similar materials, technique, color or style, but it is not a requirement to do so. 

The two main pieces (#1 and #2 described below) were originally conceived of as tile mosaics, but the opportunity remains open to different approaches, and applicants are encouraged to develop creative proposals using other permanent, durable, outdoor media that is scale appropriate, and conforms to the site parameters described. 

Art Piece #1 – Memorial Monument

The artwork will be located on the 1-acre parcel and is an integral feature of the Andy Lopez public memorial landscape. The community desired that the memorial area contain a likeness of Andy Lopez, and the plan is for the installation of the likeness to be placed, set or otherwise applied on the backside of a pre-cast concrete memorial monument that will be set in place by others prior to the installation of the art piece.  The piece was originally conceived of as a tile mosaic based on a photo-realistic approach.  However, the expectation is for the artist(s) to bring their own creative approach to the piece, and other proposed mediums and styles will be considered as long as it can be made to conform to the following parameter.  The vertical face of the precast monument wall is slightly convex, and measures approximately 9’ wide at the base stepping up to a height of 4.5’ at the top (see attachment A - detail sheet, purple highlighted area).   Regional Parks and the park steering committee may provide input on the conceptual development of the piece after the proposal is accepted, and before the final design is approved, but the artist will be responsible for developing the design, fabricating and installing this piece themselves.  Installation will take place after the precast unit has been set in place on the site by the contractor. 

Art Piece #1.1 – Memorial Niches

In addition to the vertical face, the front side of the precast memorial monument contains a number of niches cast into the face of each of the three tiers.  While the full height niches will remain open to accommodate people leaving temporary items in them over time, there are 21 square niches that will be set with 8” x 8” glass blocks mortared in place (see attachment A - detail sheet, red highlighted niches).  The individual glass blocks are to be filled with items of meaning brought by interested members of the community at a workshop organized and facilitated by the County.  The successful artist(s) will propose the method and means for arranging and filling the blocks, and ultimately curate and install the community content into the glass blocks in a manner to create stable, durable, and aesthetically cohesive memorial boxes ready for grouting into place in the memorial monument by the contractor.  Outreach for the workshop to collect the items for filling the blocks will be done by the County, through a consultant retained by the County, a landscape architect and member of the park design team.  The successful artist(s) may also participate in the workshop, but it will not be a requirement.

Art Piece #2 – Jam Circle Seat Wall

The artwork will be located on the 3-acre parcel of the park, and designed to wrap the horizontal and vertical surfaces of a site-built concrete seat wall as part of the “jam circle” feature situated in the park between the teen zone gathering area and the skate spot.  The “jam circle” concept came from a class discussion at a local school, and is designed as a series of circular seat walls creating a space for youth to gather, hang out and play music (see attachment B - detail sheet).  Regional Parks and the park steering committee, may provide input on the thematic and material concept for this piece before the final design is approved.  For this piece there is an expectation that the artist, or team of artists, will work collaboratively with a teacher and a small group of students at a local school on the initial design for the piece. Outreach to the teacher and school group will be the responsibility of Regional Parks.  Final design, fabrication and installation of the artwork onto the site-built concrete seat wall will be the responsibility of the artist(s) and may or may not involve the participation of members of the student group.

Project Location
Andy’s Unity Park
3399 Moorland Ave, and 405 Horizon Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Project Budget
The maximum project budget is $12,500 for all three (3) pieces, inclusive of all artist(s) fees, and all expenses related to design development, materials, and installation of the two art pieces, including travel, and all other project related expenses.  In the case of Art piece #2 the budget should also include time for design and implementation of an input process for the artist(s) to involve the participation of the student group.

Project Timeline

  • October 16, 2017: Call to Artists/ Request for Proposals released
  • November 3, 2017: Last day to submit questions in writing to project manager
  • November 17, 2017: Deadline to submit proposals
  • November 28, 2017: Selection panel recommends up to three
  • November 30, 2017: Interviews (if needed)
  • December 4, 2017: Final selection
  • December 2017/February 2018: Design refinement, fabrication and Installation of artwork

*Dates are subject to change and exact date of installation is TBD.

*To be placed on the list for updates if any are released, please email the project manager:

Deadline: 11-17-2017
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation
Santa Rosa, CA

Contact: Scott Wilkinson
Phone: 707.565.2734

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