Project Description

The City of Winter Park is issuing a Request for Proposals for an iconic piece of public art or architecture as part of the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment.  The artwork should be located by the West Fairbanks Avenue I-4 entrance into Winter Park due to the very limited right of way at the Lee Road entrance.  The artwork theme must relate to the amenities, history, charm and exciting future of the city.

The City of Winter Park is located in Orange County, Florida.  The city is approximately nine square miles and has approximately 30,000 residents. Winter Park is the home of Rollins College and major cultural institutions including The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, and Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden, as well as music and the performing arts.  The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the city has numerous examples of outstanding architecture by well-known architects. It is noted for its many lakes and old-growth trees.


The proposal must be for an original, welcoming artwork or architectural feature that relates to the amenities, history, charm and exciting future of Winter Park.  The proposal must be for an artwork or architectural feature appropriate for permanent exhibition in the outdoor public realm.  The selection must be appropriate and durable for Florida’s harsh environment.  The artwork or architectural piece must be readable from cars and engaging for pedestrians.  Winter Park is especially interested in supporting central Florida-based artists and/or architects. 

The city has an unlimited, perpetual and irrevocable right to use or reproduce the artwork in any non-commercial or commercial media manner whatsoever, including without limitation to prepare derivative works based upon the artwork and distribute copies or images of the artwork.          


The city holds a 12.5-foot partial easement at the road edge of the open space located by the northeast side of the West Fairbanks Avenue eastbound on-ramp to I-4.  The artwork is required to be located near I-4 and this site offers a good opportunity for a larger and/or more complex artwork. Access the Boundary Survey & Aerial Site Plan.


The budget for the complete project including research and development, construction, engineering, installation and artist fee is $150,000.  The city may provide in-kind services to be determined based on the selected proposal.  The payment schedule will be negotiated with the artist/architect upon selection. 

Artist Eligibility

The project is open to all artists, artist teams and architects.  Preference may be given to state and central Florida-based artists.  The artist, team or architect must warrant that the artwork being commissioned is the original product of its own creative efforts. Unless otherwise expressly stated in the proposal, the artwork is original and a single edition that the artist(s) shall not reproduce or allow others to do so without the city’s permission. 

Application Requirements

Please submit an artist or architect resume with any specific reference to completed public art projects.  Include the artist’s/architect’s statement of intent, description of proposal, concept and approach.  The proposal must include one to five illustrations/sketches or schematic drawings of the proposal noting dimensions, general site plan, materials, color(s), theme, lighting requirements, estimated installation requirements, maintenance requirements, and the theme’s relationship to Winter Park.

The proposal should include one hard copy as well as a digital copy, with PDF being the preferred format, at the proposal stage. 


Initial concept proposals must be received by Monday, December 2, 2019.

Submission Address/Email

City of Winter Park CRA/ED Department
401 South Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789


Selection Process

The City of Winter Park Public Art Advisory Board will review submitted proposals and select up to three for departmental review.  The recommendation will be presented to the City Commission for final selection.  The I-4 Mobility Partners and I-4 Ultimate Endowment Committee – consisting of representatives from I-4 Mobility Partners, FDOT and SGL Constructors – will have final right of refusal over the design, placement and content of such art installations. This is to ensure that any proposed installations do not interfere with the I-4 Ultimate Project infrastructure or maintenance, and that such concepts capture the spirit and character of the I-4 Ultimate Project and community at large.   

Project Timeline

  • December 2, 2019 » Deadline for concept proposal submission
  • February 10, 2020 » Proposal recommendations presented to the City Commission
  • March 1, 2020 » Proposals submitted to I-4 Ultimate Endowment Committee
  • May 1, 2020 » Final art selection approved
  • February 1, 2021 » Final art installation complete and in place
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