City seeking artist for permanent fixture

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Construction may be done on the Broadway streetscape and Fountain Lake Park projects in Albert Lea, but city leaders are looking to add a little artistic touch.

They are asking artists to create a permanent, public artwork piece to go on the landing above the park.

It needs to reflect the cultural heritage of the city. It will be along a Blue Zones Project walkway, so they are asking the design to have a sense of movement as well.

“I think it’d set off the downtown. It would draw attention to the park. It’ll also be something you can see three blocks away looking down Broadway,” said Albert Lea Public Information Coordinator, Teresa Kauffman.

Artists have two options. One involves designing, fabricating and installing the art on your own. That submission must include a preliminary budget, timeline and outline of previous experience on similar projects.

“You don’t have to be a sculptor. You could draw a design or use photographs or graphic design. We’d be working with Lou Rich to fabricate it,” Kauffman said.

Those choosing that option will be paid a $1,500 stipend for the design.

All of this is contingent on successful fundraising.

The entry deadline is September 19.

More information can be found on the cities website.

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