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City asks for new artistic touch

The Duncan Centennial fountain Quench is one of the most recent examples of public art in the city. - Peter W. Rusland/file
The Duncan Centennial fountain Quench is one of the most recent examples of public art in the city.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

You want to make a lasting impression on the citizens of Duncan?

Here is your chance.

The City of Duncan has been quietly building a public arts fund through a surcharge on a variety of development proposals and is ready to open that treasure chest.

"We are pleased to invite artists or artist teams to enter an open public art competition for a commission of up to $25,000 to create a permanent work of art to be installed within the City of Duncan," Duncan director of finance Peter de Verteuil said in a press release.

The city is asking artists, or groups of artists, to put together a proposal for consideration by April 2. The proposal needs to have a maximum budget of $25,000, and include the appropriate location.

"Public art sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces, it offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art, celebrates community history, identity, achievements and aspirations," Mayor Phil Kent said in a media release.

"Public art encourages citizens to take pride in community cultural expression and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues of interest and concern to Duncan's citizens as well as contributing to the economic vitality of our community."

Ideally, the project would be selected by the end of April and finished and installed by Aug. 30.

To view the official request for proposal click here.

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