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Calling All Sculptors: Ronan Park Wants You

By Patty Wetli | February 8, 2013 9:52am

ALBANY PARK — Have an idea for a sculpture?

The North River Commission wants you.

The NRC is seeking ideas for the next phase of the Multicultural Sculpture Park and Healing Garden in Ronan Park.

The Sculpture Park and Healing Garden, located at 3000 W. Argyle St., opened in 2012 and the initial installation of sculptures is coming to the end of its year-long run. NRC is now looking for a new series of contributions to refresh the exhibit.

Though NRC's request for submissions noted proposals should take into account Chicago's harsh weather conditions — the artwork will remain in the garden for a year — the most important consideration for artists to take into account is the purpose behind the park's creation, which is to provide a place for residents of Albany Park to rest, reflect and renew.

The Sculpture Park and Healing Garden was specifically designed with the neighborhood's immigrant population in mind, many of whom have fled violence and turmoil in their native countries. The park is meant to offer beauty, peace and solace to these individuals and all who visit.

Submissions are open to all interested parties, professional or otherwise. The deadline for ideas is March 13.

Selection criteria include the artist's ability to carry out the concept and the relationship between the proposed sculpture and the garden's stated themes and objectives.

NRC's budget for the sculptures only covers the cost of anchoring the work to the ground, otherwise, sculptors are responsible for all other expenses related to the design, creation and transportation of their work.

Installation will take place in May 2013.

For a complete "Request for Proposal" packet, contact Morghan Wolf at the North River Commission, nrcintern1@gmail.com or 773.478.0101, ext. 112.