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City seeks artists for Dudley Municipal Center

Posted by Patrick Rosso  June 21, 2013 05:55 PM

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As crews working on the Dudley Municipal Center in Roxbury add steel to the new building, the city is in search of artists who can add their own flair to the building.

The city announced Friday that it is looking for three works of art for the new building that will eventually be home to the Boston Public Schools' headquarters and ground-floor retail.

“Vibrant neighborhoods need great public art pieces,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “The Dudley Square neighborhood has a rich tradition as a hub for the arts, and we want to make sure to honor and continue that tradition in the City’s wonderful new building there.”

The project has a $500,000 budget. The city will contribute $300,000 to the effort from its capital budget and the rest is expected to be raised through private fund-raising.

“We expect a project budget of this size to generate significant interest in the arts community – not just locally in Roxbury and Boston, but beyond,” Karin Goodfellow, director of the Boston Art Commission, said in a statement. “The varying scope of the three projects also provides opportunities for artists at any stage in their careers – from aspiring designers just starting out at the Boston Arts Academy or other City high schools, to sculptors with a long record of successful public art installations.”

The first round of responses are due August 4 and all three pieces are expected to be in place for the building's opening in December 2014.

Located at the junction of Washington Street and Warren Street, the $119 million project will redevelop what was once the Ferdinand Building and add two new structures.

The project, which is being led by Shawmut Construction, broke ground in 2012.

For more information, or to download an application, visit, or call the Boston Art Commission at (617) 635-3245.

Below are the guidelines for the three pieces:

1. An outdoor sculptural piece at the project’s southeast corner, adjacent to the MBTA bus stop.

2. A painted or sculptural element to adorn the old brick wall of the Wasserman building, which will be in a vestibule enclosed in glass.

3. A decorative acoustic panel covering to hang in the School Committee Room. Proposals for this piece will be accepted from BPS students only.

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