Public art may be planned or unplanned…
Planned public art includes intentional integration of art, as aesthetic elements into building or space architecture, as well as planned stand alone art for building or space grounds and landscape. Public art can refer to commissioned, unique works as well as established works of art. This applies to both public and private development.
Unplanned public art includes all gifting (works of art like Sky Maintenance, the donation of a piano, an estate or otherwise gift of existing art) as well as art that shows up (for example a mural on a restaurant wall). Gifting requires a special policy that provides acceptance criteria and maintenance.
All Public Art is managed through a similar process that provides for customization based on specific circumstances and budgets. These processes and recommended ordinances are presented in detail in our Public Art Master Plan.
A planned or unplanned public art opportunity is identified by a department, developer, city commission, donor or grant/foundation.
Roswell Arts Fund, the managing organization for the City of Roswell for all Public Art, is contacted, and an initial discussion is conducted to better understand the specific circumstances of the public art opportunity. Critical discussion items include budget, administration/planning needs, costs and maintenance.
In some cases, an artist work session will be created in advance of selection to help identify “ideas” for aesthetic/art integration into design. This would happen when a development is being planned with multiple elements. Artists with relevant experience would come together, meet with developers and explore possibilities, where best to integrate art (benches, pavers, walls, etc.)
Key stakeholders are identified that represent the various stakeholders of the project. This might include city staff, developers, community members, artists, architects and conservators. This group always includes people closest to the outcome/installation and experts in art and preservation. This group will most likely become the oversight group for the project, as well as comprise a public art selection panel or committee as indicated.Only designated Public Art Selection panels/committees decide art.
If a site is already identified the process begins with a visit to the site or meeting with architects and developers to better under site requirements, constraints and opportunities.
If a site is not identified, such as a gift of a potential street piano, key stakeholders will meet to discuss desired attributes of potential sites, and establish a decision making process for final decision.
The artist selection process is selected that best matches the needs of the project. This may be a national call/RFP, a local call/RFP, an invitational to a specified group of artists or a specific invitation to a specific artist. Although some criteria for artist selection remains constant, each project will have its unique characteristics and requirements.
A panel or committee will be convened to review submissions.
The specific project and selection process will dictate how many meetings are required prior to selection. For example commissioned art such as the Fire Station will require a minimum of two meetings. ArtAround, selection of established works, requires one.
Roswell Arts Fund manages this process as well as vetting submissions, facilitating review and selection meetings.
Following artist selection, a detailed development and installation plan is created amongst all stakeholders. Artist(s) contracts are produced and signed(based on a standard template).
Roswell Arts a Fund along with “developer”(public or private) provide oversight to the plan.
Roswell Arts Fund takes the lead in creating and coordinating marketing and promotion plans amongst all appropriate parties to introduce the completed artwork. Depending on the project, this may include pre-installation coverage.
Post installation, Roswell Arts Fund works with public art “owners” to ensure proper maintenance.