ART IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS: Tatum Park
Public Art Chattanooga and the Highland Park Neighborhood Association announced a national call (RFQ) in January 2018 for an artist to create a public, permanent art installation that will activate and animate Tatum Park in the Highland Park Neighborhood. The Association would like Tatum Park to be a place where people of all ages feel welcome. Through colorful cues and exciting interactions, the artwork and space will mimic and inspire the energy of the Highland Park community. The goal is to create a unique place to engage in creative, physical, and social activities.
Sculptor Randy Walker was selected as the artist for the project and he is currently in the design process with input from the Highland Park neighborhood.
TENTATIVE PROJECT TIMELINE
Final Concept Submitted for Selection Panel & Public Art Commission Review & Approval
Artist Site Visit #3
Final design and technical drawings submitted to City / Plans Review
Fabrication Begins (3 - 6 months)
EARLY FALL 2019
Site Prep (1 week)
Artist Site Visit #4
Installation Begins (1 - 2 weeks)
MID FALL 2019
Installation & Site Work Complete
About the Artist: Randy Walker
Sculptor Randy Walker. Photo by Tesha M. Christensen.
Originally educated as an architect at the University of Oregon, Randy Walker is a practicing public artist based in Minneapolis, MN. For the past decade, he has focused his artistic energies on creating large-scale sculptural work in the public realm that engages the sites, contexts, histories, and communities within which he works.
Formally educated as an architect, his work is consistently spatial in character, revealing familiar forms and spaces through experiential installation.
Randy has completed both temporary and permanent commissions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and New Mexico. He has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Forecast Public Art, McKnight Foundation, and is also the recipient of five Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His public work has been recognized nationally by the Americans For the Arts Public Art Year in Review in 2005 and 2012. He has also completed teaching residencies and seminars that address the art-making process as it relates to the public realm; in addition to, arts residencies at The Science Museum of Minnesota, The Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI, and Western Michigan University's Sculpture Tour.
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