Artists interested in pursuing this commission are asked to design a visually interesting, safe, three-dimensional public art piece. The City of Little Rock (the “City”) will determine the exact placement of the art piece.

The piece should be three-dimensional, durable, easily maintained and free standing. Artists must address engineering, construction, installation, and maintenance standards as well. The winning Artist will be required to submit a stamped structural engineer’s drawing on the sculpture itself, the sculpture’s footing and the base including the attachment of the sculpture to them. The structural engineer must hold an Arkansas license; many structural engineers hold multi-state licenses. Should you need assistance finding a structural engineer please let us know. This shall be submitted prior to the payment of the second installment. The art piece must be fabricated with bolting or attachment to a concrete surface or a suitably designed footing. The Artist shall be responsible for the design of the required footings (engineering) for the sculpture and give the plans to the City; the City will prepare the site for installation; and the Artist will assist the City with the final placement.


February 19, 2018, email notification will be sent to all Artists who submitted a proposal announcing the three finalists. Finalists will prepare one presentation board which is to be delivered and presented by the Artist to Sculpture at the River Market, Inc. (the “Company”) at 4:00 pm on April 26, 2018 at the “A Night in the Garden” Party in Little Rock. The finalists’ presentation boards will be on display at the “A Night in the Garden” beginning at 6:30PM on April 26, 2018. Each Party attendee will be eligible to cast one vote in favor of his or her preferred proposal. At the conclusion of the Party, the proposal receiving the highest vote totals will be named the commission winner.


Sculpture Artists are eligible to submit a proposal. Artists shall be capable of providing insurance, materials, supplies, and any other items or support necessary for their proposal. Finalists must attend “A Night in the Garden” Party on April 26, 2018 and will be awarded a $300.00 stipend for travel. Lodging on the nights of April 25 and 26, 2018 will be provided for the Artist by Sculpture at the River Market, Inc. All other costs of preparing the proposal and participating in the contest are the sole responsibility of the participating Artists. Maquettes may be displayed for sale at “A Night in the Garden”, but are not required and are produced at the Artist’s expense.


The Artist’s fee for this project is up to $60,000. Special consideration will be given to the pieces that are most site-appropriate. The budget must include all costs related to the design, engineering, materials, fabrication, travel expenses and installation of the artwork, including required insurance and shipping. Company’s independent consultant and committee will review all budgets with a keen eye for value. If deemed necessary by the Company, a committee representative will call Artist to better understand the submitted expenses. The Company retains the right to reject any submission for any reason in its sole and absolute discretion.


Installment 1: One half of project budget (50%) will be presented to the Artist when the Artist and Company sign the contract.

Installment 2: The second installment is 30% of the budget. Prior to this installment being paid to the Artist, the Artist shall submit a stamped structural engineer’s drawing on the sculpture itself, the sculpture’s footing and the base including the attachment of the sculpture to them. Once the Artist has provided this documentation, the installment will be made when the piece goes to the Foundry or Fabricator for completion. Artist must present a current photograph of the piece to Company for review.

Installment 3: The final installment is 20% of the budget, which will be presented to the Artist upon installation of the piece; such installation must be completed on or before the deadline of April 1, 2019.


To be considered for this project, Artist must submit the application online. Proposals, art pieces, concept, design, and any other equipment, materials, or supplies will not be returned. An Artist’s submission may be eliminated from the voting process if the application is incomplete.


Finalist Artists have the opportunity to bring and sell up to 10 additional sculpture pieces the evening of the Party. Sculpture at the River Market, Inc. will take a one-third commission on all additional pieces sold at the Party.


Sculpture at the River Market, Inc., reserves the right to terminate this project at any time, without notice. Selection as a finalist or commission winner does not constitute a contract between the selected Artist and the Company and is not a guarantee or a right to enter into a contract. Artists not complying with these contest rules may be subject to disqualification, without notice.


Janell Mason