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Hurricane Maria Memorial Competition

Opportunity for a USA, Canada, or International Artist or Architect
to Participate in a Competition to Create a New York City Memorial

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New York State - Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission

Deadline Date:

10/28/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Opportunity for a USA, Canada, or International individual artists or team of artists, architects, landscape architects, and designers to participate in a competition to create a New York City memorial for the victims of Hurricane Maria. Funding is intended for the design, development, and implementation of a memorial that will be located in Lower Manhattan. The Commission has identified The Esplanade and the Chambers Street Overlook in Battery Park City in New York City as potential sites for the Memorial. Artists should consider these locations in their designs for the Memorial.

In the wake of tragedy and devastation and marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Governor Cuomo established a commission to create a memorial honoring the victims of Hurricane Maria and to stand as an international symbol of the resilience of the Puerto Rican community.

The artist and/or architect must provide a summary statement of their artistic intent, addressing the following:

  • Convey artistic innovation and excellence, and be non-commercial in nature.
  • Be a creative and original tribute the victims of Hurricane Maria and the resiliency of the Puerto Rican community.
  • Create a sense of community. Pieces that welcome interaction with the public are encouraged.
  • Convey the special connection between New Yorkers and Puerto Ricans.
  • Compliment the selected site.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187182

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget for design and fabrication of the Memorial artwork is approximately $700,000, which includes an artist fee of up to, but not greater than, 20% of the final art project cost. The total project cost must include delivery to the site and installation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists, architects, landscape architects and designers may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Applicants based outside of New York City may apply, and will be required to be present in New York City for site visits, approval meetings, installation and maintenance. Teams must designate one individual as the lead contact.

The applicant / lead artist must have demonstrated professional public art experience (not student work) and must have examples of previous experience with large-scale outdoor original sculpture or sculptural installation projects with budgets over $100,000 each. Examples of work must be documented original artwork.

Design Restrictions:
- Due to maintenance and operations concerns, water features will not be considered
- Due to the proximity of residential buildings, features that create noise will not be considered. Further, light emitting features must be designed to minimize light spillover from the site to neighboring properties and night sky.
- The design must withstand an outdoor, unmonitored, high traffic and saline environment, and must require only minimal maintenance throughout its minimum 75-year lifespan.
- All proposed work must be designed to meet ADA accessibility, ASTM International/International Organization for Standardization, and meet structural code requirements.
- Weight restrictions and foundation limitations may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Email submissions by Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT.

As part of this fee, the selected artist and/or architect will be required to submit a budget, produce completed designs, select a fabricator and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, and any necessary landscape restoration or other treatments required at the site, by September 20, 2020.

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