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The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the Museum of Texas Tech University, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.

The public art will serve to enhance and highlight the museum’s main entrance and new landscaping to the building. Ideal submissions should incorporate light into the piece as many visitors will be here during both the day and night. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community, as well as integrated into the environment. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

The West Texas environment is characterized by the vastness of its open spaces and the near-perpetual nature of the winds. The art should be activated by the wind, either through movement or sound. The piece should also have a connection with sustainability and with the landscaping, which will be designed as an ecogarden (you can find an example here:

The Museum’s building and grounds were designed to reflect the natural landscape of the region. The building itself depicts the Southern High Plains, visually the mesas and flatlands of the Caprock around Lubbock. As the Caprock slopes off into the Rolling Plains, the building has sloped edges and descends level by level down to the parking lot. The visitor’s approach to the building metaphorically depicts a walk up the breaks to “reach the plains” and enter the building; this concept is being more literally expanded in the landscaping with the introduction of arroyo and creek type features and native plant materials to convey more of the natural landscape feeling to the passage.

In order to be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.

Selected finalists will receive a maximum of $2000 for travel and design fees following the submission and presentation of a Design Proposal and a model.

Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Budget: $67,000

Application Deadline: January 16, 2018 at 3 p.m. (central)

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