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PROJECT NAME: Peter & Julie Cummings Library Outdoor Space
LOCATION: 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City, FL 34990
Physical Address: Same as above
DUE DATE OF APPLICATION: November 8, 2019
TOTAL BUDGET: $30,000.00
ONE SENTENCE DESCRIPTION: The Martin County Public Art Advisory Committee is
seeking to purchase or commission a public artwork for the Peter & Julie Cummings
Library Outdoor Space located in Palm City.

Located on Florida's Treasure Coast, Martin County has an abundance of natural beauty,
beginning at its coastline where one may witness a giant sea turtle lumbering ashore to lay its
eggs in the sand. The rivers are wild and scenic, filled with a vast array of tropical flora and
fauna. Preservation and appreciation of the untouched splendor is of utmost importance to the
people who live, work and vacation in the area. The county seat is Stuart. The population is
approximately 155,000.

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION, SCHEDULE AND BUDGET
Artwork Description
An outdoor pavilion has recently been constructed near the northern perimeter of the library
parking lot, approachable by a 6-foot-wide sidewalk from the front entrance. This informal,
outdoor, covered space is used as an extension of the library for a variety of library programs
and is available to the public for other leisure activities.
The primary location for a public art installation is a 63’ x 8’ grassy area between a row of live
oaks bordering the parking pavement and the 6’ wide concrete sidewalk and its 1.5’ wide
grass border. Please see the attached location map and pictures. This walkway can be
enhanced but must remain ADA compliant as the pathway to the 30’ square, open, wood
pavilion with metal roof. Possible design elements could feature sensory or interactive
components, which could include low maintenance landscaping elements, along the walkway
that complement the adjacent nature preserve leading to the pavilion. This aesthetic
enhancement may have a literary theme or relate to libraries/books, may be colorful or
whimsical and should appeal to residents of all ages. Sensory or interactive components
could have a musical/auditory aspect initiated by the viewer, a visual component experience
or a combined sensory experience.
The secondary location is an open, grassy area to the west of the pavilion, separated from the
parking pavement by a row of cypress trees. This area is appropriate for a kinetic or stationary
work that is not interactive but can be passively and easily viewed and enjoyed from the
pavilion or the parking area. The space measures 24’ x 60’ and overlooks the water detention area. Kinetic components could be incorporated in either area.
Artist Services
Theme and Design
Proposal that includes all elements of the design
Coordination with the Public Art Advisory Committee and Subcommittee
Fabrication and/or purchase and installation
Photographic documentation
Maintenance plan
Anticipated Art Project Schedule
Call to Artists: September 24, 2019 – November 5, 2019
Artist/Project Selection: November 2019
Installation: To begin in January 2020

Art Project Budget
The total budget established for the project is $ 30,000.00.
The budget includes all costs to the artist: i.e., Artist Fee, Proposal, Design, Artwork Itself,
Materials, Installation, Shipping, Insurance, Travel and Sales tax.
SITE AND RELATED DEPARTMENT
Founded in 1957, the Martin County Library System consists of six library locations, our online
library, and strategic outreach services to childcare centers and other local organizations. The
Library connects with our residents in-person, online, over the phone, and through social
networking tools such as Facebook and Instagram. As of 2019, the Library operates with a
budget of approximately $3.8 million and 49 full time equivalent staff. Over 62% of our
residents have Library cards and approximately 19,000 people visit our six locations each
week. The Library Foundation and our Friends members support the Library through their
voices, their time, and their generous financial support. Our volunteers donate over 22,000
hours to our libraries each year, shelving books, running our bookstores, and performing
other important activities. The Library continually seeks partnership opportunities with people
and organizations throughout Martin County. Partners include the Early Learning Coalition,
the United Way, the Martin County School District, colleges and museums. Many of our
partners provide experts who share their knowledge and skills with our residents through
Library classes and workshops.
Building (or Site) Description: (General description of the building site)
The Peter & Julie Cummings Library is located in Palm City, FL and bounded by a 4 acre
upland pine and wetland preserve. This is in a residential area with 3 elementary schools, one
middle school and several golf communities serving families and retirees with some seasonal
residents. In 2009, the library was expanded to 20,000 square feet, adding a second story of
contemporary architecture to the Florida vernacular design of the original 1994 building. To
the east and north of the parking area, where this project is situated, is a large open water
detention basin. 

Building Project Schedule
Schematic design phase will be complete: TBD
Project is expected to be bid: TBD (if necessary)
Building will be open: TBD
Architects: (if applicable)
ARTIST ELIGIBILITY
The project is open to all professional artists as defined in the Art in Public Places Ordinance
No. 1103, Chapter 13, General Ordinances, Martin County Code. Experience implementing
their ideas and work in the public realm and with public agencies is a plus. The Martin County
Art in Public Places program encourages artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences to
apply.
APPLICATION PROCESS
The application process is managed by the Martin County Office of Community
Development along with the Martin County Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC). Project
selection happens through these entities along with representatives from the community
and the County. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners approves the final
selection.
Selection Criteria
The Public Art Advisory Committee shall consider the following criteria:
1. Public art shall be in areas where residents and visitors live, work or
congregate and shall be highly visible and accessible.
2. The appropriateness of the work to the site, permanence of the work relative
to environmental conditions, maintenance requirements and costs, and the
enduring nature of the artistic statement.
3. The sensitivity of the work to the aesthetic and cultural traditions and the
history of Martin County, Florida and to the surrounding neighborhood's
character.
4. The artist's biography and resume, examples of existing works, technical
competency, similarity to existing works of art and the following basics: form,
texture, color, clarity, line and medium.
Application Requirements
The information and documentation below must be postmarked or arrive via email at the
Martin County Office of Community Development before TIME on the stated deadline.
1. Statement. One paragraph maximum which illustrates the relationship
between the work submitted and the specific project. Be sure to indicate if a
specific work is for sale.
2. Resume. A current and professional resume, emphasizing public art
experience and public commissions (if any).
3. Renderings of the proposed design and completed artworks and/or project. If
already created, the works must have been completed during the last five
years. All must be labeled with artist's name and title of work.
4. Any structures proposed must be designed, built and installed in accordance
with all applicable codes, including permitting, to the standards in the most
recent edition of the local building code.
5. Proposals shall be submitted as follows: one (1) original, six (6) copies and
one (1) electronic copy (on flash drive, in MS Word or searchable PDF or
send to ftp://ftp.martin.fl.us/pub/incoming/AIPP (for Windows Explorer
go to FILE and click ‘Login As’, login: ftp public & password: @Martin!) in a
clear and concise format, on 8 ½" x 11" papers, in English.
Deadline: Postmarked, emailed or delivered by Friday, November 8, 2019, 5:00 pm.
Send or Deliver to:
Public Art Advisory Committee
c/o Martin County Office of Community
Development
2401 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34996
 

Deadline: 
11/08/2019

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