Harbor Park is the center piece of a multimodal transfer area surrounded by the Amtrak passenger rail station, the Tide light rail system, a walking and biking trail, Interstate264, intercity and regional bus systems, a ferry service and a cruise ship facility. The stadium sits along the Elizabeth River Trail, an urban bike and pedestrian path that provides recreational and educational opportunities as well as an alternate mode of transportation from the Norfolk Naval Base into downtown Norfolk. This site is a vital confluence of commerce, water, city, rail, transportation and government all coming together.
Like many U.S. cities, Norfolk has taken steps to support bicycling as a popular recreation activity as well as an increasingly common mode of transportation. Bicycling provides an easy, convenient and inexpensive way to extend the reach of the Tide lightrail, buses and ferries. This simple form of transportation is making Norfolk more livable, more human and better connected. The increase of bicycle riders has spurred the need for bike racks – especially at the baseball stadium.
The Public Art Planning Committee seeks an artist to design and create memorable artwork that will function as bike racks. The bike racks will show that Harbor Park is bike-friendly and truly a multimodal place. They have the opportunity to represent a simpler, relaxed, sustainable lifestyle and create a place where family memories of biking to the ballpark are made.
The planning committee has identified two key locations; 1) a covered area near the 3rd base entry and 2) a grassy area near the ferry dock on the first base side of the stadium. Site plan and photos are attached.
Up to three finalists may be selected to be interviewed by the Public Art Planning Committee via Skype. The finalists are not expected to complete a design at this stage but will be interviewed about past work, creative process and preliminary discussion of the site. The committee reserves the right to select the final artist without a finalist’s process.