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Artists sought for Detroit convention center sculpture

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DETROIT (AP) — A national competition is underway that seeks artists’ proposals for a planned public sculpture outside the main entrance to downtown Detroit’s TCF Center.

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority and its Art Foundation say the proposals for the permanent sculpture cannot be taller than 30 feet (9 meters) and no more than eight feet (2.4 meters) in diameter.

Artists must register for the competition and are encouraged to consider physical placement, material and size in their proposals. Themes may reflect positive changes and growth in Detroit and southeastern Michigan, the area’s strong spirit of innovation and design, the global impact of Detroit and the region’s renaissance.

Proposals will be reviewed by a jury of expert panelists. The winning proposal will be awarded a budget of $250,000 to support the sculpture’s conceptualization, fabrication and installment. An additional $50,000 will go to the winning artist.

The competition is part of a public art initiative.

The sculpture will continue to elevate the art collection at the center, said Lisa Canada, chair of the authority’s Art Foundation.

The collection is free to view and open to the public.

TCF Center is the former Cobo Center.



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