An artist's touch sought for new Waterfront Stadium

Alex Doty • Mar 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The city and Waterfront Stadium Committee are in search of creative individuals to help put their artistic stamp on the new stadium.

“Grand Haven is seeking artists to design work for the new stadium, specifically the walls that are poured on either end of the new space,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “It’s a novel approach, casting a very wide net and seeing how many artists submit their ideas.”

Cyndi Casemier, a committee member and owner of C2C Gallery in Grand Haven, said the initiative is part of a bigger effort to add art to the downtown area. 

“We’re really trying to create an interesting, beautiful downtown that people enjoy visiting,” she said. “Artwork helps make it a more interesting downtown. We continue to keep working on it.”

The city tries to display 2-4 pieces of artwork on a 12-month, rotating basis in the first three blocks of Washington Avenue, Casemier noted.

Design notes

Interested artists are asked to take into consideration the waterfront location when developing their concepts.

Other design criteria set to guide the selection of finalists includes original work that can appeal to a broad range of viewers, can withstand Michigan’s weather variations for a minimum of five years, is easily installed and removed, and is made from quality materials and requires minimal maintenance.

It’s also asked that the art fits within the spatial constraints of the walls, which are 42 inches tall, and 50 feet and 72 feet long.

A budget of $10,000 has been established for the artwork, and no additional funds will be made available. Relevant costs include design, engineering, production, transportation, site preparation and lighting.

The commissioned artwork will become part of the city’s permanent public art collection.

Interested artists are encouraged to submit qualifications, digital images and a brief statement describing an initial project concept. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums suitable for an outdoor environment and styles will be represented.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Applications will be reviewed by the Waterfront Art Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Waterfront Stadium Committee and the city.

“We’re hoping that we have a variety of options,” Casemier said. “We will narrow it down to three.”

From the three finalists, the choices will be narrowed down to one, Casemier noted, with a final decision expected by May 24. The project completion date is scheduled for July 15, and a formal dedication would take place during ArtWalk 2018.

Interested artists can submit a digital application to [email protected], or visit www.c2cgallery.com/call-to-artist-for-grand-havens-waterfront-stadium for more information.

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