The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River is a multi-phase development which encompasses new urban river and parks through the heart of downtown Yonkers. Prior to the completion of these projects, the Saw Mill River was buried for nearly a century beneath the City through the 1890s-1920s. The first phase of the daylighted river near the City’s train station, now known as Van Der Donck Park, was completed in 2012 and Phase II at the Mill Street Courtyard was accomplished in 2016. Completed in 2018, Daylighting III is a forward-looking, public oasis that provides the community with accessible green space and an opportunity to connect with the newly uncovered river.
In collaboration with Mayor Mike Spano, the City’s Department of Planning & Development, and local artists, this initiative will connect residents and visitors with original works of art, inspire creativity, and continue the revitalization of Yonkers’ waterfront district.
Artists are invited to apply to an open call for entry in which the City of Yonkers is seeking site responsive sculpture proposals to activate the City’s newest public space- Phase III of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Park.
Submissions should relay themes of environmental awareness, such as the paramount role of the Saw Mill River influencing the return of wildlife native to this area, and a celebration of our veterans which will honor the presence of the Department of Veterans’ Services on New Main Street.
Artists are encouraged to visit the site and familiarize themselves with the environment and overall ambiance of the space. Submissions will require a Photoshop rendering of your sculpture in the space and although photos are provided in the call, artists may take their own when visiting the site.
Submissions could include a pre-existing sculpture that has been modified and restructured to fit the theme and requirements.
Artists should keep in mind that children actively occupy the park and will be interacting with the sculptures. Sharp edges or fragile materials should be avoided. Sculpture needs to be durable and weather resistant. Submissions need not be inclusive of all three themes but address at least one.
SUBMISSION & PROJECT REQUIREMENTS
Artists should submit a proposal that includes a narrative describing how their work conveys the theme, specs such as medium, size, and weight, and the Photoshop rendering of the sculpture. Artists should also include their artist statement, bio, and website. All artists must send progress photos of their work during the duration of its production.
The City will pay the selected artist $5,000 for complete ownership of the work. No additional stipends or payments will be offered. Contestants agree to allow the City the right to use their artwork or images of artwork, sound recordings, photographs, video tape, and/or illustrations taken during or in connection with this contest, as well as the contestant’s names, characters, voices, and/or likeness, for any non-commercial use, including but not limited to the use on the City’s website, other social media outlets, and print and television media.
Read the Rules & Regulations and submit your sculpture to be displayed.
The artist is responsible for bringing their sculptures on site for installation in Summer 2019. Tours of the park will be provided on Monday, March 11th and Monday March 18th upon request but you must schedule ahead of time.
The City will be accepting one sculpture. The submission deadline is March 31, 2019 by noon and must be sent to Rosa Sudol at CallForArtists@yonkersny.gov. If considered, artists will be interviewed.
The selected artist will be announced at Yonkers Arts Weekend 2019.
Located on a City block at the intersection of Nepperhan Avenue and New Main Street, it's hard to imagine that the Saw Mill River Daylighting Park at New Main Street was once home to a row of shuttered storefronts. As part of Phase III of the award-winning and transformative Daylighting Project, the park is undergoing a multi-phase transformation.
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