Montgomery Parks Issues Call for Public Art Proposals for Gene Lynch Urban Park

Montgomery Parks has issued a call  for artists to submit proposals for a public art installation in the new Gene Lynch Urban Park at the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue.

“This park, named for the late Montgomery Planning Board Commissioner Gene Lynch, is situated at a busy crossroads near one of the most popular metro stops in the Washington region and along a two-way bike lane,” said Mike Riley, Montgomery Parks director, in a press release.

“It’s a new respite for passersby to take a break from their busy days to meet up with friends, enjoy lunch or just take a few moments to reflect. The artwork will be a wonderful addition to this new open space,” he added.

The quarter-acre park includes an open lawn area, pergola with bench swings, walls for seating and “extensive” landscaping and lighting. A 10-foot by 13-foot concrete wall serves as a focal point for the artwork.

The artwork should help create a sense of place as well as express the community’s culture and identity, according to the release.

“It may draw from current historical movements or events and may use any media appropriate for installation on outdoor walls, columns, and/or the spaces between the columns. It should be integral to the pergola structure and may take the form of a mural, mosaic, or 3-D mounted sculpture, among other forms, and may include a combination of different media. The artwork shall be permanent, durable, and easy to repair and maintain,” the release adds.

More information about the scope of work, the application and selection process is available online. Finalists will each receive a $500 honorarium, while the artist with the winning concept will receive up to $100,000 for design, creation and installation. Applications are due March 10.

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