|Title||RFQ: Public Art Outdoor Sculpture(s)|
|Organization||Texas Tech University System Public Art Program|
|Closing Date||Thursday, October 6, 2022|
NRHC Ranch Life Learning Public Art
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be integrated into the new Ranch Life Learning Center (RLLC). Ideal submissions should incorporate a piece that will visually enhance and complete the outdoor strata wall. The RLLC is located within the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech University campus, located in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the new facility will be completed by June 2023.
The RLLC is designed to continue telling the story of ranching by answering the question, “What is a ranch?” The RLLC will be able to achieve this goal because of its unique partnership with John R. Erickson, author of the popular “Hank the Cowdog” children’s book series. Erickson’s fictional characters have spanned the globe with 70 books and 9 million copies sold in 6 languages. These books have brought ranching to life and educated people of all ages about ranch life as seen through the eyes of a cowdog.
Among relevant concepts to consider are natural resource management, prairie/grazing ecology, and ranchers’ stewardship of the land. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Also, ranching/cowboy stereotypes (such as cowboy hats, stars, spurs, etc.) should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the diversity of stewardship, business and lifestyle represented at the RLLC.
Location: National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech University Campus, Lubbock, TX