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Public Safety Memorial: Figurative Sculpture
For National artists

Public Safety Memorial
Tempe Public Art Opportunity

The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to create a site-specific public safety memorial to be permanently located at the Tempe Beach Park. This memorial will honor the Tempe Firefighters, Police Officers and Police Canines that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Not only will this memorial serve as a tribute to our fallen heroes, it will also serve as a place where families, friends and the community can visit to honor those that have fallen.

Tempe Beach Park is one of the most visited parks in the State of Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon, and is the centerpiece to our Tempe community. The 25-acre park overlooks Tempe Town Lake and is the perfect setting for outdoor fun and relaxation for everyone, offering more than five miles of paths and exercise trails, picnic areas, ramadas, a baseball diamond, and a splash playground. The City of Tempe hosts many special events every year and Tempe Beach Park is often the focal point for these events, including the annual 9/11 Healing Fields Memorial, Tempe Veteran’s Day Parade, Ford Ironman Arizona, and the state's largest Independence Day celebration. To learn more about Tempe Beach Park visit

The artist will be commissioned to design and fabricate artwork in the spring of 2016 and install artwork in the summer of 2016. The selected artist will be expected to address the following:

  • Figurative sculptures  
  • Surrounding seating, landscape and lighting
  • Commemorative display and donor recognition


This Call to Artists is open to established professional figurative sculpture artists residing and eligible to work in the United States. Artist must demonstrate experience in design, fabrication and installation, and have knowledge of durable materials appropriate to the Sonoran Desert climate.

Accepted artist will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States. City of Tempe employees, steering committee members, and their immediate family members are excluded from participating in this project.


$250,000 - $350,000

The current money raised is $250,000 and fundraising efforts will continue with a total goal of $350,000. The project budgets must include all costs related to the artist’s project management fees; the artwork’s final design, fabrication, transportation, delivery and installation costs; subcontractor and consultant fees including any engineers or fabricators; permit and license fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, and all other costs associated with the art project.  Artist should also be willing to work with licensed bonded and insured contractors who are willing to provide in-kind services.


Monday, November 23, 2015, midnight (11:59 PM) Mountain Standard Time

Pre-Submittal Session

  • Bring your draft submittal materials and/or project questions for an optional, informal one-to-one session. Please arrive anytime between the two-hour block of time. If have questions about the project, but are unable to attend a pre-submittal session contact Maja Aurora, 480-350-5160
  • Nov. 17 from 9-11 a.m. at the Press Coffee Roasters, 601 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85281

How to Apply

The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at . All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.  

  • Letter of interest: (Maximum 1 page) Describe why you are interested in this memorial project and explain previous relevant experience. If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator.
  • Resume: (Maximum 2 pages) Outline your recent experience and accomplishments as an artist. If applying as a team, each member may submit a one page resume.
  • Digital Images: 6 images of previously completed work. Specific proposals will not be accepted.
  • Image List: (Maximum 2 pages) A separate document listing information about the 6 digital images. For each image submitted list the title, date, size, location, and budget with a thumbnail of the image.

Artist Selection Process

Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. A Public Safety Memorial Steering Committee will review artists’ submissions and select 2-4 finalists. The finalists will receive a stipend to tour the site and submit a conceptual proposal. The steering committee is comprised of members from the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, the Tempe Police Department, family members of the fallen, community stakeholders, arts professional and associated city staff. The selected Artist will work with the Public Safety Memorial Steering Committee throughout the project.

For more information and a PDF version of the call:

We are here to help, contact: Maja Aurora, Arts Coordinator, 480.350.5160

Deadline: 11-23-2015
City of Tempe | Tempe Public Art
Tempe, AZ

Contact: Maja Aurora
Phone: 480.350.5160

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