Call for Interactive Alligator Sculpture | Phinizy Center Augusta, GA | Due July 17, 2023

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Call for Interactive Alligator Sculpture | Phinizy Center Augusta, GA | Due July 17, 2023

Interactive Alligator Sculpture for the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

Open: June 12, 2023

Due: July 17, 2023

The Greater Augusta Arts Council, on behalf of the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, is requesting proposals from qualified sculptors or artist teams to create a unique, durable, low-maintenance, interactive, safe to touch, life-sized sculpture of an alligator to be placed on the grounds of the Phinizy Center.

The purpose of this call is to create an interactive, realistic, life-sized sculpture of an alligator for younger park guests to engage with. The sculpture will be located in a shaded area beneath a beautiful live oak tree, across a grassy sward from the play area where Phinizy’s younger guests usually spend part of their time while visiting.  The GIS coordinates to pinpoint the location on Google Maps are 33.386017, -81.964013.

The sculpture is intended to last for 50 years minimum in good condition, and to be a touchable, climbable, realistic representation of an alligator that the younger park guests can interact with. (The most requested animal to see at Phinizy Center’s Nature Park is an alligator.)

Every artist who applies for this call is strongly encouraged to research the history, purpose, programs, scholarship, and physical grounds of the Phinizy Center online at In-depth questions about the Phinizy Center can be answered by Ruth Mead, Education Director.

Selected artists will receive a stipend of $15,000 to cover all expenses associated with the envisioning, creation, transport and installation of the sculpture, and any and all other expenses the artist might encounter.

Installation: February 2024

This sculpture call is made possible by a generous grant from Georgia Rehabilitation Institute, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that serves to better the lives of persons with disabilities and the elderly population in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). To increase access to the arts for those without easy access to indoor art installations, GRI will support the fully accessible installation of public art in Augusta, GA.  This request for proposals is part of the Phinizy Center’s long-term plans to increase accessibility to its walking trails, and its desire to incorporate mission-related public art into its site.

Artists may apply up to 5 times with separate proposals.  Please do not submit different concept proposals in one application.  Each application must be for one, individual design.  Applications that contain multiple proposal designs will be disqualified.