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The City of Moscow; The Moscow Arts Commission; and the Latah County Library District are seeking submissions for the Moscow Public Library – Call for Public Art

Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 9, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.

The Moscow Public Library is the headquarters of the Latah County Library District, which has six additional branch libraries throughout Latah County. The Moscow Public Library serves residents of all ages from area communities as well as the University of Idaho campus. In 1904 the members of the Pleiades Club and the Ladies Historical Club obtained a grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to construct a free public library in Moscow. The Spanish Mission-style building was designed by Boise architect Watson Vernon; the library was completed in 1906. An addition on the north side of the library was opened in 1983. The Carnegie portion of the library building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the entrance was approached by a curving stairway on either side. The current public entrance is in the newer part of the library. In 2013 the entrance was renovated, adding an open plaza area for outdoor public seating and group programs. New railings and dark-sky-friendly exterior lights were installed. Water-wise and native landscaping was planted to conserve water and attract pollinators, introducing an educational element into the library grounds. Contemporary functionality and sensibilities were blended into a portion of the existing property. While keeping its heritage in mind, the Moscow Public Library looks to the future to provide patrons with innovative services and diverse online and physical collections. Libraries are no longer limited to being storehouses for paper books. Rather, they are responding to an array of evolving public-focused needs: community gathering centers for speakers, book clubs and classes, places to create things, public computer use, 3D printer usage, art exhibits and more.

The total amount of funding available for the piece is up to $30,000. Each Artist may submit up to five (5) designs for this project, with each proposal/concept being submitted as a separate application.

The desired outcome for this public art project is innovative one-of-a-kind work that visually activates the exterior of the City of Moscow Library and generates high visibility. The work should be of a scale and or vibrancy that achieves volume and/or verticality to assure a strong presence. Color and or playful approaches to placement are encouraged. The artwork placement should strive for visual unity between building surfaces and or building grounds. The artwork should inspire daily passersby and bicyclists, enhancing their experience of the library as a place to pause.

The design may be a single piece or several thematic-related elements. The work may be either free-standing or integrated into the existing concrete seating wall and/or pathways. All freestanding artwork must be set back from the sidewalk by ten feet (10’). Artists should consider this a permanent work of art, designed and engineered to be stable and durable for a minimum of thirty (30) years. Any medium appropriate for exterior siting will be considered. The artwork will need to withstand extreme changes in weather conditions. Of critical importance is the need for consideration of public safety, graffiti and stain resistance, and low maintenance. Because the library serves young children, the need to consider “entrapment” with art design and fabrication is imperative!

There are no specific height restrictions; however, the work should not restrict driver sightlines, road signage or street lights. There will be no on-site power available for lighting the artwork. Artist must live in Idaho or any neighboring state of Idaho. (WA, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada)

The budget specified for the project is a not-to-exceed amount of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000). This not-to-exceed amount must cover all costs for design work, engineering, fabrication, transportation, delivery, site preparation and installation, as well as insurance, artist’s fee, travel expenses—everything. 

This call for public art is available online at the link below or can be picked-up at Moscow City Hall (206 East Third Street) on the First Floor.

Call for Public Art:

Eligible media

Public Art