Breckenridge is looking for a sculpture in the round — the roundabout, that is.
The Breckenridge Public Art Commission (BPAC) and the town council are looking to commission a sculptor, or team of sculptors, to create a work of art for the roundabout at the northern entry to town.
Town planner Jennifer Cram said applications are open to any artists, local or national. Three finalists will be selected, and those finalists will be able to conduct research, develop final proposal materials — including a scale model — and present their proposals to BPAC and the community.
“We’re looking for a dynamic sculpture, something easily perceived from a car,” Cram said. “It needs to be such that it doesn’t distract, not so many details that people stop or slow down to look.”
According to BPAC the sculpture should be: a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, a timeless and iconic statement piece, simple and recognizable at a speed of 15 mph and sensitive to the space, In addition it should convey a sense of arrival to the town and meet Colorado Department of Transportation guidelines.
“The roundabout is really a focal point,” Cram said. “(The sculpture) can really help improve the look of the town.”
BPAC has budgeted up to $100,000 for the final sculpture, including design, engineering, transportation and installation.
Applications are due Nov. 20 and finalists will be selected in December. BPAC hopes to award the contract by February 2014, and Cram said the process of actually creating and installing the sculpture could take one year.
“We’re looking for a broad pool,” she said. “We’re keeping the look pretty open to sculptors’ interpretations.”
For more information or to complete an application, visit www.townofbreckenridge.com.