As the Marsa Junction Project, and the million and one diversions that go with it, is currently underway, Infrastructure Malta is inviting artists, architects, designers, and other competent persons or organisations to propose large-scale artworks to embellish the pedestrian and landscaped areas around its seven flyovers .
Through this call for proposals in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, the agency will identify up to four artworks to be incorporated in the green areas it is developing between Aldo Moro Road, in Marsa and the Addolorata Cemetery as part of the €70 million project to upgrade the busiest junction of the Maltese road network.
The landscaped areas with trees and other plants are being formed around the new vehicle lanes, bus lanes, footpaths and segregated cycle lanes that this project is introducing to facilitate quicker and safer commutes for over 100,000 road users who use this junction every day.
Here are the specifications.
The works of art proposed must be between four and five metres high, with a base diameter of four and a half metres. One of the works will be placed over a 10-metre circular reflective pool. Participants are expected to propose permanent public artworks made of long-lasting materials that can withstand outdoor conditions. The cost of each artwork should not exceed €50,000.
How will it work?
A selection committee including art experts and other stakeholders will evaluate and score each proposal.
Up to four of the successful artworks will be selected to be created by the winning participants and installed on-site by Infrastructure Malta by the end of the year. Successful proposals that are not selected for the Marsa Junction Project site can be considered for the landscaped areas of other ongoing or future Infrastructure Malta projects. The committee will announce its decision in June.
Infrastructure Malta will provide the winning participants with the funds required to produce the artwork within six months.
It will also prepare the setting for the artworks on-site in Marsa, including the surrounding landscaping, footpaths, and lighting, so that the final work of art can be installed as soon as it is ready.
Further details can be obtained in the call for proposals document which can be found here.
A clarifications meeting and site visit for prospective participants will be held on Saturday, 14th March 2020. The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 27th April 2020.
Now, how are those creative juices?
Original article found on 897 Bay News