Call for public plaza art |

Call for public plaza art

Jack Barnwell
The City of South Lake Tahoe is calling for public artwork ideas and/or flag designs.
Jack Barnwell/Tahoe Daily Tribune |

An Olympic-themed plaza deserves gold-medal standard public art to pay tribute to South Shore athletes.

Hence the city of South Lake Tahoe’s call for public artwork ideas and/or flag design, according to a news release.

The city has called for original art pieces for the site “with a strong emphasis on summer and winter sports in which our local athletes participate.

According to the request for proposal guidelines, the cost for a piece of public art shouldn’t exceed $75,000 and $5,000 for flag designs.

The Champions Plaza, located on the corner of Highway 50 and Lakeview Avenue across from Lakeview Commons, was approved by the city council following the 2014 Winter Olympics, after several local athletes earned Olympic medals.

The plaza has been designed to contain flag poles, a wall of champions and a walk of champions and an Olympic-styled stone pedestal representing the winner’s stage.

Tracy Franklin, the city’s public information officer, said three flagpoles are planned. Artists should submit the size and material of the flag to be used for the proposed art design as well as scaled versions of the design that should be original and “capture the theme of high sierra sports.”

Flag concepts should highlight “the importance of Champions Plaza and clearly define its significance and provide excitement and interest for our community” as well as create a signature presence for the plaza, whether whimsical or colorful.

Proposals are due on or before June 12 no later than noon Pacific Standard Time, at City of South Lake Tahoe, Attn: Tina Shannon, 1901 Airport Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. More information can be found online a

Franklin said once the bid process has closed on June 12, a committee would review and interview prospective applicants from June 15 to June 19. Bids should be awarded on July 7.

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