Richmond: Call for local artists for Cherry Blossom Row project

Richmond: Call for local artists for project at Cherry Blossom Row
Public Art Location at City Ventures' Cherry Blossom (Images credited to City Ventures)

By Kathy Chouteau

City Ventures is seeking applications from Bay Area artists for a public art opportunity to design a pedestrian trellis and decorative structure as part of a grand entry at its upcoming Cherry Blossom Row residential project on Dalai Lama Avenue in Richmond’s Southwest Annex Neighborhood. A 1 percent for Public Art Project, it has an anticipated total budget in the range of $100,000 to $150,000 and is open to artists in the structural design discipline based in Bay Area Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma).

The Cherry Blossom Row project site is located in a residential neighborhood across the street from the Tibetan Center of Northern California. The project’s design plans include replacing an expansive, abandoned lot with sustainably designed homes and a community garden that overlook Dalai Lama Avenue, according to City Ventures.

“The grand entry of the project is intended to foster a sense of place and the feeling of coming home. The subject art piece is central to creating connectivity both within the community and to the public street and surrounding neighborhood,” stated City Ventures in its Request for Qualifications.

Artists with experience working with public art sculptures, who are based in Richmond or are originally from Richmond are particularly encouraged to apply. The project’s estimated project start date is September 2022 with a completion date of June 2023. The deadline to apply is Fri., June 4, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST. For more info about the project, or to apply, click here.