Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Orange County and the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL Public Art Opportunity


$400,000 is available for public art


The Orange County Public Art Review Board (OCPARB) seeks artists or artist team(s) to create artwork appropriate for the world class Orange County Convention Center
(OCCC), the Center of Hospitality, in Orlando, Florida. The OCCC values nature, water and ecology, and our community has grown from a center of citrus and tourism to a center of innovation and technology as well.


Project Description

The OCCC is spending over $40 million to renovate the north end of its West Building. The artwork proposed for the renovated space should complement the venue, enhance the guest experience and create an impact.


Likely places for placement of substantial public art are in the large, high-ceilinged entrance hall using the three-stories of cubic space – suspended or in the center of the floor, depending on egress. The art should be visible from a distance in this vast space. Sculpture, suspended art and kinetic art, are all possibilities. The exterior space outside the entryway near the construction project would also be a possible location for artwork.


Background


Orange County, Florida is a destination for travelers from across the world. It is the first location in the United States to welcome 60 million visitors in one year. The area is becoming a cultural capital in ways that go far beyond the theme parks that have brought tens of thousands of skilled artists and creative thinkers to consider Central Florida their home


The County is a rapidly growing metropolitan area of over one million residents
containing the City of Orlando and a dozen other municipalities. A National Endowment for the Arts analysis of census data indicates that there are more “entertainers and performers” per capita than in any other major U.S. metropolitan area.


Celebrating more than 30 years of success, the Orange County Convention Center is the
second largest convention center in the United States. Each year the OCCC hosts
approximately 200 events. Almost 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to our area’s economy each year. For more information about the OCCC, refer to http://www.occc.net


Site
Photos of the space under construction and schematics are included below. Also, for a better understanding of the space being renovated and the materials and colors being incorporated, refer to the West Halls E&F Construction Video:


http://www.occc.net/CIP/videoGalleries.asp. Additional information can be found at http://www.occc.net/CIP/ .


Construction for this project is scheduled to be completed by August 2015.


There will be a café on the right down from the main entrance way which can serve attendees from inside as well as outside the building. Some seating will also be outside in
this area.

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