Art in Public Matters Calls for Artists to Work at Colorado Avenue-Columbia Street Roundabout


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Art in Public Places is seeking to commission large-scale permanent artwork for the Colorado Avenue and Columbia Street roundabout in Bend.

The Colorado Avenue and Columbia Street roundabout connects drivers coming from downtown Bend to the west side of town via the Colorado Bridge, where Bend Whitewater Park is located on the Deschutes River. Along Colorado Avenue is The Pavilion (Bend Park & ​​Recreation District skating rink for the community) and Deschutes Brewery Warehouse & Tasting Room.

This roundabout also provides direct access to the Old Mill area, Riverbend Park and Hayden Homes Amphitheater one mile away. The roundabout is near many office buildings and half a mile from Century Drive, which is a main thoroughfare on the west side of Bend filled with restaurants and shops.

The volume of cars over 14e Street/Century Drive is estimated to have over 15,000 cars per day and approximately 20,000 cars cross the Colorado Bridge daily.

Art in Public Places will announce the finalists and the community will have the opportunity to view the digital renderings and submit feedback online or in person in the spring of 2023. Sculpture fabrication and installation will occur in 2023-2024.

The cost of the sculpture is covered by the Bend Foundation, with the administrative work handled by Art in Public Places. The artwork will be owned and maintained by the City of Bend as part of its public art collection.

This is a competition open to artists or teams of artists residing in the Northwestern and Southwestern United States, specifically Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Members of the Black, Indigenous, Colored (BIPOC), Female, and LGBTQAI+ community are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists living in Oregon are strongly encouraged to apply. The project timeline is 2023-2024 and the total project budget for the roundabout is $130,000.

A full list of Call to Artists site background and submission requirements can be found at CAFÉ.

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About Art in Public Places: Art in Public Places is a non-profit organization that has donated public art throughout the city of Bend, Oregon since 1973. For more than 40 years, Art in Public Places has created an enhanced visual environment for residents of Bends and promotes tourism and economic vitality through the artistic design of public spaces.


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