City seeking artist proposals for trailside recycling-themed sculpture

The Marion Orton Recycling Center is located at 735 W. North Street.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

City officials are seeking proposals from artists to design, fabricate, and install a trailside recycling-themed sculpture near the Marion Orton Recycling Center off North Street in Fayetteville.

The sculpture will sit adjacent to the recycling facility at 735 W. North Street near the Scull Creek Trail crossing.

The center, which opened in September, is named after Orton, a former Fayetteville mayor and 12-year City Council member who died in 2011 at the age of 83.

Orton was a strong supporter of environmental protection, and organized Fayetteville’s first recycling center inside a metal building on West Avenue in the early 1970s.

Facility location map

Graphic: Todd Gill

According to an RFP listed on the city’s website, the artwork should in some way celebrate recycling. Artists may submit existing work or a proposal for new work.

The project is open to all artists and artist teams ages 18 and over who are residents of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

Proposals can be delivered to Jason Davis at the Recycling and Trash Collection facility, 1560 S. Happy Hollow Road in Fayetteville; emailed to [email protected]; or faxed to 479-444-3478.

All submissions must be received by June 9.

For more information, call Davis 479-601-1776 or visit

Sculpture specifications

Location: The sculpture will be located adjacent to the Marion Orton Recycling Drop-Off Center and the Scull Creek Trail, at 735 North Street.
Design: The sculpture must not exceed a 10’ by 10’ footprint, and should be designed to be mounted on a concrete pad. The design should take into consideration safety factors, particularly as this area is used by families with children. The sculpture will be viewed from all angles, so artists should consider the entire surface when planning the design. The theme of recycling should be addressed in some way.
Materials: The sculpture should be durable and require little or no maintenance. There is no specific requirement for the materials used, only that they are suitable for permanent installation in an outdoor setting. Use of recycled material in the sculpture is acceptable but not required.
Cost: The City of Fayetteville will pay the amount approved for the proposal, not to exceed $10,000, for the completed sculpture and installation. This payment will cover all artist fees, copyright, materials, fabrication, shipping, installation, accommodations, travel, etc. A concrete pad will be furnished and assistance with installation may be offered by the city. The city may install appropriate signage for this project.

Submission requirements

Proposals must include the following materials:

  • A letter of interest which describes your vision for this project, relative experience, and how you will assure that the overall style of the sculpture will celebrate and promote recycling.
  • Current resume.
  • The total price of the proposed project.
  • A description of the anticipated materials to be used and fabrication and installation needs for the sculpture.
  • Contact information for two professional references you have worked with in the last five years.
  • Visual images should be submitted as follows:
    – On one PC Compatible CD-ROM or by EMAIL with images in JPEG format. Size of each image file should be 300dpi, no larger than 1000 pixels in any direction. Each file should be labeled with a corresponding image list. CD must be labeled with artist’s name. Slides will not be accepted.
    – When submitting a proposal for a NEW SCULPTURE, a concept sketch, illustrations and/or images of the proposed new sculpture must be included. In addition, send up to five images of prior work.
    – When submitting a proposal for an EXISTING SCULPTURE, submit up to five images of sculpture.
  • The artist whose proposal is selected will be required to present a final design proposal and a maquette to the City for review and approval prior to fabrication.
  • The final description of the services and/or items to be provided to the City of Fayetteville is subject to negotiation with the successful artist. The successful artist shall be required to enter into a contract with the City of Fayetteville for production and installation of a selected sculpture.