Turners Falls seeks art 
for mini-park

Recorder Staff
Last modified: 2/4/2016 8:42:22 AM
TURNERS FALLS — Artists who want to make a permanent mark on downtown Turners Falls now have their shot.

Sculptors can apply to install a piece in the mini-park on the corner of Avenue A and 3rd Street. The only requirements are that the piece withstand the weather and not pose a safety threat. No works designed to deliver a sexual or political statement will be considered. The chosen artist will receive $6,000 for materials and installation of the project that will go up in the fall of next year.

“It’s very much in the spirit of all the hard work and change that is happening in the town,” said Suzanne LoManto, director of Turners Falls RiverCulture, the organization sponsoring the project. Riverculture hopes to attract creative businesses and individuals to the region.

“It’s a great opportunity for a young sculptor,” said LoManto, “and people already seem very excited.” The sculptures will be judged on their creativity, durability and compatibility with the downtown area. Artists are encouraged to consider the architecture, history and geography of the area when putting together their proposals.

A jury of nine will select the artist. The jury will include the town planner, downtown business owners and artists, and three individuals from outside Franklin County who have yet to be decided on.

The park, which is currently unnamed, was created in December of last year to build community. It’s a space with benches for people to relax and socialize while visiting local businesses.

Proposals for the art piece must include a detailed description of the project, a description of materials and the method of fabrication, samples of relevant past work, a budget breakdown and references from past projects. Proposals are due on April 28 and can be submitted on the Montague website.

“This needs to be something we can live with for a long time, something that will still be relevant 25 years from now. So it’s a big job, it’s a big responsibility,” said LoManto.

Sponsors also include the Freedom Credit Union in Turners Falls, which contributed $1,000 for the project. For more information about the public art project, call 413-835-1390 or email riverculture@gmail.com. To submit a proposal visit bit.ly/1UtMak8.


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