Public Sculpture RFP-Durand WI

Durand Public Sculpture

We Have Winner!

The proposal by Julie Dierauer has been awarded the commission.  It will be exciting to see Julie sculpting on location this summer in the month of June, ‘rain or shine’ as she said!

Julie’s sculpture will be from stone quarried from a local material, the Dunnville Sandstone.  Dunnville Sandstone is the material from which the Mabel Tainter is built.

Thank you to the other talented artists who submitted.  We truly appreciate your effort and wish you the best in your future creative endeavors.



Submitted proposals, in no particular order:

Ben Zoltaks concrete construction with glazed tiles

Ben Zoltaks
concrete construction with glazed tiles


Matt Andersons, concrete, copper and steel

Matt Andersons, concrete, copper and steel


Kollin Konitzer's cinder block, mortar on concrete

Kollin Konitzer’s
cinder block, mortar on concrete


William D Hoeser's steel on concrete base

William D Hoeser’s steel on concrete base


Julie Dierauer's hand carved marble (this is an example of past work)

Julie Dierauer’s
hand carved marble
(this is an example of past work)





Jurying will be taking place the week of March 18th with the winner announced the last week of March.


Overview of Project:

The City of Durand, Wisconsin and Imagination Nation, Inc, have joined efforts and financing to bring a permanent public sculpture to the community’s new Riverside Park, on the banks of the Chippewa River.

Prairie Garden

One important consideration regarding the installation of this sculpture is the potential

for flooding of the site due to the proximity to the Chippewa River.

Site for the Sculpture

Riverside Park: site of proposed sculpture

Eligibility Criteria: Imagination Nation, Inc. is putting out a Call for Proposals inviting individuals interested in installing a public sculpture.  All are welcome to submit, whether professional artist or not.

Budget: $4,000 (Expected to cover all design, fabrication and installation expenses associated with the project.)

Conceptual Considerations:  We are interested in artwork that could/would:
► Serve as a gathering spot.
►  Encourage a sense of community.
►  Potentially having a functional purpose (bench, table, shade)
►  Be timeless and bear repeated viewing over time.
►  Be complex enough to allow viewers to learn from it over time and provide a sense of  discovery.
► Serve as an ambassador—the artwork needs to be appealing and accessible to both arts and non-arts people.

Potential Materials: The selection committee is interested in natural materials rather than synthetic materials. The selection committee is interested in durable, permanent materials that support the artist’s concept and require minimal maintenance. Materials that can withstand seasonal flooding and other weather concerns.

Limitations:  The size shall not exceed a total of 216 cubic feet.  Electricity will likely be available for lighting the sculpture.

Site: Two locations within the park have been identified for potential siting of the sculpture, in the rain garden or the prairie garden.


Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2013  (entries submitted prior to this date will be posted on the Imagination Nation website for public viewing.)
Notification of award: March 31, 2013
Deadline for installation of sculpture: June 1, 2013

Sculpture Application Form PDF