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Posted on: January 24, 2020

City seeks artist for sculpture using rocket playground piece

playground rocket

The City of Roswell has begun the process to create new art from an old and recognizable object. The city is in search of an artist who will create a sculpture using a rocket-shaped piece of playground equipment that is more than 50 years old.

The city has issued a request for quotes, inviting artists to outline their ideas for the design of the sculpture and how much of a commission they would want to receive to design, fabricate and install an outdoor sculpture that would incorporate the rocket playground equipment originally installed at Spring River Park in the 1960s. In order to upgrade the safety features of the playground equipment, the rocket was decommissioned and replaced with a newer model in 2019, at what is now Spring River Zoo.

The intent of the project is to create an outdoor sculpture that captures the spirit of Roswell’s space-related themes and serves as an eye-catching landmark offering a photo opportunity to both visitors to and residents of Roswell. Themes that could be included in the sculpture include honoring the father of modern rocketry Robert H. Goddard who conducted his work in Roswell from 1930 to 1941, recognizing the 1947 “Roswell Incident” in which a purported UFO crashed outside the city, and expressing science-fiction ideas that connect with Roswell’s UFO pop culture and tourism branding. Other space-related themes can also be used, but in all cases, the artwork must maintain the appearance of a rocket.

The location of the sculpture has not yet been chosen by the city. The selected artist or artist team may propose a site based on the concept or layout used for the sculpture.

Full details and requirements of the project are contained in the request for quotes, which can be found on the city website by clicking on Bids & RFPs. Artist quotes are due by Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

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