City looks for Powered by Nature public art proposals

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Elk River is moving ahead with soliciting proposals for a piece of public art reflecting the city’s Powered by Nature brand.

The Elk River Economic Development Authority voted 6-0 Monday to move forward with the sculpture competition.

The city is looking for a solar-powered clock, fountain, tree, sculpture or other public art installation, according to the request for proposals. Artists within 100 miles of Elk River are eligible to participate.

Artists must register by Sept. 8 and submit their public art proposals by Nov. 6.

A judging panel will review the submissions and make a recommendation to the EDA, which will then make a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council will choose the final winner by Jan. 20, 2015. The city also has reserved the right to reject all of the proposals.

Assuming a project is chosen, an unveiling of the public art is tentatively planned for July 4, 2015.

Where the art will be located hasn’t been determined. The request for proposals asks each artist to recommend a location on city property for their project.

The selected artist will be compensated up to $12,000 for their project, which covers transportation to the site, materials and an honorarium to the artist.

The Powered by Nature brand was developed by the city in conjunction with a consultant in 2011. The public art is considered the final initiative.