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Rainhill ECO public art commission

Deadline: May 2, 2014

Rainhill ECO (Environmental Community Organisation) are seeking expressions of interest from Visual and Public Artists who are interested in working with the group and the local community to produce a piece of permanent artwork to be installed in the garden.

The work will act as a backdrop between a planting bed and a mosaic sundial. It will measure approximately 6 to 7 metres in length and 1 metre in height, although this can vary and be influenced by the materials and design, to a certain extent.

The garden plan (available from Rainhill ECO) shows the position of the proposed artwork, bordering the circle in the center of the garden.
Rainhill ECO would like volunteers to be involved in the progression of the artwork in some way whether this be through creative workshops or another method suggested by the artist.

The group envisages this piece of work will be in-keeping with the ethos of the garden in its use of recycled materials and its design. The piece will also reflect the nature of the wildlife/eco garden as a relaxing community space in the heart of the village. Rainhill ECO has an interest in work which reflects in some way the heritage of Rainhill, such as its links with the Rainhill Locomotive Trials but are open to wider ideas brought by the artist.

The artwork will need to:

  • act as a focal point in the garden, it will be installed as a backdrop to a ground level planting bed
  • be visually lightweight with minimal solid sections, to allow clear views through to the garden and the stone focal point to the rear
  • be constructed with recycling/environment as a key priority, using recycled materials where possible
  • be relatively maintenance free, and be suitable for an outdoor space/all weathers
  • be relevant to the garden, its position in the village and the heritage of the area
  • have given consideration to health and safety
  • be able to withstand possible vandalism and not be designed in a way which would encourage climbing or sitting on the feature
  • capable of construction & installation within the agreed budget & time frame.

The budget is £10,000 to include VAT

For full details please download the following brief.

Download Eco Garden - Final Artist Brief.pdf(181 KB)