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21 Jan 2016

Edmonton Arts Council: Public Art Call to International Artists (RFQ)

Valley Line - Davies Ramp
Edmonton Arts Council


$195,500.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)
4:30 pm on Thursday, March 3 2016
August - November 2018

Andrea Bowes, Public Art Officer
+7804242787 ext 230

Edmonton Arts Council
2nd Floor 10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5H 3Z9

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The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on the behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate site-specific public art at the Davies Ramp at 83 Street. There is one location with two art options for a public artwork. This location provides a significant and highly visible public art installation opportunity. The artwork will be installed on both sides of the ramp facing east and west in a heavy traffic zone. Images are provided to illustrate the site locations for artworks. The artist has the opportunity to create an artwork using the entire available surface or any portion thereof. The letter of intent must identify one option.

Neighbourhood Context – Davies Ramp at 83 Street
The Davies Ramp is located north of Argyll Road and along 83 Street NW adjoining the residential developments of Argyll, Avonmore, and Hazeldean. The Davies ramp is situated in the heart of these communities, bordered to the south by a light industrial area, residential homes to the North and the Mill Creek ravine to the west.

Argyll Road is a busy, major thoroughfare, linking Sherwood Park at its eastern end with Edmonton's major arteries to the west. Mill Creek Ravine and a park are situated directly across from the ramp – both are used extensively by pedestrians and cyclists.

The Argyll area land was originally owned by J. Eamer. The Eamer family subdivided their property in 1912, just prior to the area's annexation to Edmonton in 1913. It remained substantially undeveloped until it was re-plotted and developed in the 1950s. Originally called 'Edmonton City Heights', Argyll was renamed after Sir John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, the ninth Duke of Argyll and Marquis of Lorne.

The Duke was Governor General of Canada, appointed in 1878. Argyll Road was named after the existing subdivision name, approved by council in April 1956.

The Avonmore community is named after Lord Avonmore, an Irish peer and adventurer who traveled to the Klondike via Edmonton in 1897. Parts of Avonmore were also called the Avonmore Addition during the mid-1950s.