Call for Temporary Public Art : Trailhead Project

Santa Clarita Arts

Santa Clarita, CA

The City of Santa Clarita (City) is seeking artist(s) for its Temporary Public Art program.  The two selected sculptural pieces will be located on concrete pads along the trail system.  Sculptures will be displayed on temporary loan for three years, creating a rotating collection of public art.  The budget for this project is $5,000 per artist.

The City is centrally located, just 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.  Explore more than 9,000 acres of rolling open space and 100 miles of picturesque Santa Clarita trails and paseos designed for commuting and recreational use, including walking, riding, jogging, and skating.  The regional river trail serves as the backbone of the trail system in this Southern California city.  Together with connecting trails, you can access parks, entertainment, and shopping venues.  Spending quality time with family and friends is easy to do at one of our many parks, along our trails, and exploring our open space and nearby lakes.


·       There is no required “theme.”

·       Creativity and innovation of design are encouraged.

·       Sculpture must be an original design.

·       Sculpture must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

·       Sculpture may not be used for advertisement or to promote business, product, or viewpoint.

·       Designs must not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, business names, corporate or organizational branding, or images of drugs.

·       Sculpture can be of any medium, but artists should consider structural and surface soundness and materials that can withstand outside and uncovered weather conditions as well as inherent resistance to theft, vandalism, and excessive maintenance and repair costs.  Artists will be required to outline in their proposal, the history with the material as well as suggested maintenance schedule.



·       Sculpture must fit on the pre-determined concrete pad.  Pad measures 96” by 96” with a usable corner-to-corner space of 72” by 72”.  A horizontal base could use the maximum length of the base if its width is within the dimensions. 

·       Sculptures should be no less than 6’ and no more than 15’ in height excluding the base.

·       Sculptures should weigh no more than 3,000 pounds.

·       Power for the sculpture itself is not available onsite.  If the sculpture requires power then it is suggested that it include a solar component.

·       Artwork must be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the desert (high winds and extreme temperatures).

·       A $5,000 honorarium will be provided for each selected artwork for a three-year period.  The City will collect a 25% commission on the artwork sold during that period.  A contract will be executed prior to installation.

·       Accepted artwork that differs significantly from artwork represented will be disqualified.



A $5,000 honorarium will be provided for each selected artwork.  An additional $1,500 will be provided to the artist to cover the required three-year insurance costs.  The full payment will occur after the project is completed.  The honorarium will include:

·       Artist is responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork per scheduled date.

·       The artist must provide a maintenance guide for proper care of the artwork.

·       Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, transportation, installation, and insurance cost.  See the Artist Responsibilities section below.

·       Artist is responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.

·       If a protective coating to address environmental or vandalism concerns is deemed necessary, this must be covered by the artist.




·       The City requires installation drawings and instructions for each artwork from a California licensed engineer to be submitted to the City for approval.  City staff will work with the artist to gather the required documentation.  The artist is required to provide this information in a timely manner and be available for questions or meetings with City staff and the Engineer.

·       Sculptures must comply with standard engineering practices and requirements.

·       Each artwork will be evaluated to require that it does not present a hazard to public safety and must conform to ADA standards.



·       All sculptures must be designed with tabs (anchorage) or other devices that can be utilized to easily secure the artwork to the concrete pads.  The concrete pads may not be altered in any way to accommodate the artwork, except for the anchorage locations.  These tabs or other devices must already be secured to the sculpture.

·       Sculpture must be installed in a manner with sufficient anchoring to prevent the sculpture from being removed, tipped, broken, or overturned due to wind or an earthquake.

·       Power for the sculpture itself is not available onsite.  If the sculpture requires power then it is suggested that it include a solar component.


·       The selected artist will be required to include insurance coverage for the entire three-year period.  An additional $1,500 will be provided to the artist to cover the required three-year insurance costs.


TENTATIVE TIMELINE: (Subject to change)

November 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST - Application due

February, 2022 - Selected artists notified



The two identified locations will be on the trail system.  Locations will be chosen by the City.



  • Relationship with the natural environment and community
  • Visual impact
  • Interpretation and creativity
  • Composition and design
  • Craftsmanship
  • Clarity of project-specific intent, relevant professional experience, and artistic vision, as expressed in Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and Artistic Statement
  • Design criteria and eligibility guidelines met

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