The selected artist’s work will include developing a concept for public art to be sited in Congress Square in collaboration with WRT, the design team selected last month, who will create a concept for Congress Square as a whole.
The four artist finalists are (in alphabetical order):
● Ned Kahn (Sebastopol, CA)
● Patrick Marold (Denver, CO)
● Matthew Ritchie (New York City, NY)
● Sarah Sze (New York City, NY)
The City of Portland is pleased to announce that WRT (Wallace Roberts & Todd) of Philadelphia has been selected as the design team for the Congress Square Redesign project. The WRT team also includes urban horticulturalist Patrick Cullina, graphic designer BlueCadet, and civil and traffic engineers Sebago Technics. Design work is expected to begin in August or September of this year. The artist selection for the public art commission is still under review; finalists for the public art will be announced in June and those artists will be invited to give a public presentation at the end of July or beginning of August.
PORTLAND, Maine-- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 64 awards totaling $4.3 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The City of Portland, partnering with the Portland Public Art Committee and the Friends of Congress Square Park, is one of the recommended organizations for an award of $25,000 to the Congress Square Redesign project. The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The NEA received 240 applications for Our Town this year and will make awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
“For six years, Our Town has made a difference for people and the places where they live, work, and play,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Projects such as the one led by the City of Portland help residents engage the arts to spark vitality in their communities.”
“Receiving an Our Town grant would not have happened without our strong community partnerships. Recognition from the NEA is truly encouraging and shows us that we are on the right track with this project,” said City Councilor Jill Duson, who serves on the Public Art Committee.
The City of Portland Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to announce that four design teams have been selected as finalists for the Congress Square Redesign project. Twelve submissions were received for the design contract, four will proceed to round 2 of the selection process which will include interviews with the selection committee, a site visit, and a public presentation. The scope of work will include developing a schematic design for the entire Congress Square in coordination with an artist who will create a concept for public art. The artist selection for the public art commission is still under review and will be announced in the Spring.
The finalists will speak at a public forum on Wednesday, May 4th to be held in the Portland Museum of Art auditorium from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The event will be free and open to the public, though RSVP will be required for capacity reasons, and will include a presentation from each finalist and a question and answer session. “The public forum will create an opportunity for the community to learn about the prospective consultants and provide input on the finalists. We want to hire design professionals that the community will be excited about and who will be good partners with the City and the selected artist,” said project manager and City Urban Designer Caitlin Cameron. An online survey will also be available to gather community input about the finalists. Stakeholders and the general public will be invited to provide feedback and participate throughout the design process.Project Updates (March 2016)
Vision Statement: Congress Square is a high quality, distinctive urban space that epitomizes the Arts District while remaining accessible and inviting to all. Year-round, the Square provides a welcome break in the dense, historic district street wall where one encounters a range of activities including events and installations that celebrate local arts and culture, and fosters spontaneity, informal gathering, and fun. As a gateway intersection, the redesigned Congress Square places priority on the pedestrian experience and safety while accommodating all transportation modes in an efficient manner.Contact us - For more information contact Urban Designer Caitlin Cameron. Call 207-874-8901 or email email@example.com