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Artists Wanted for Veterans Memorial at Downtown Transit Center

$100,000 for design, fabrication and installation of art

is looking for artists interested in creating a veterans memorial to be erected at the site of the new downtown.

In it's call for artists, the transit agency indicates the memorial is meant to honor past, present, fallen and POW-MIA veterans from all service branches of the U.S. military.

"This Memorial shall be timeless in its execution, not specific to any war or conflict period," the call for entry states. "The goal is to create a memorial that displays the depth of appreciation the public has for the sacrifices made by our military throughout time. In part, the final design solution shall incorporate an American flag and pole and a remembrance of each service branch in the form of a flag or marker."

The complete call for entry document is attached to this article.

The deadline for submission is June 27. The design completion deadline is November 2012.

J Madison May 28, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Are we building a transit center, or an art museum? I am all for honoring veterans, but why does this 20+ million dollar boondoggle contain 100 thousand dollars for "art"? Parta spends all this money, yet fails to put benches and shelters at its stops. Lord help you if you need to see a bus schedule while waiting in the blinding snowstorm or severe thunderstorm at the edge of the highway while standing like an idiot hoping the snowplow or semi does not splash or hit you. . My point is that money needs to be spent on "bus-related" issues. I want to know why benches cannot be placed at the most popular stops, like CAC/Center of Hope, Kent Social Services, etc. Many riders are elderly and cannot stand in the blazing sun for an hour waiting. I am not riding the bus so that I can view "artwork" at the shiny new Parta Palace. In the end, everyone gets shafted when they end the toll-free zone at C-Midway and raise the fares; I guess the increased revenue will pay to polish the "artwork".
Chris (Kit) Myers June 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
J Madison, you are absolutely correct. That's transportation money.
Frederick John Kluth June 07, 2012 at 01:11 AM
It is not clear that you want or need an artist. You need a good idea to realize. Once you get the idea you can decide how much it will cost to realize and who will do it.

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