Fairfax County Public Art Project Call for Artists: COVID-19 Memorial

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Fairfax County, Virginia is a roughly 400-square miles jurisdiction that is home to a very diverse  population of approximately 1.2 million people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately  243,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the County resulting in (to date) approximately 1,620  deaths. This scale of disease and its impact to the communities of Fairfax County, as well as the  impact to a County workforce that responded to the public health emergency, are worthy of  memorialization. The County has identified a location for a significant public artwork that will  commemorate the suffering of people in the pandemic as well as the heroism of the people who  responded to the emergency. 


An existing memorial plaza will be utilized for the placement of a central artwork that  commemorates the experience of COVID-19 in Fairfax County. The plaza is located at 12055  Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA and is comprised of a circular brick plaza, benches, and a  small stone fountain. 

The scope of work shall be confined to a sixteen-foot (16’) diameter circle (MEMORIAL  PLACEMENT ZONE) in the center of the existing circular brick plaza as shown in the included  diagram. The existing brick paving within the Memorial Placement Zone can be removed as  needed and a brick, stone or concrete paving edge shall be installed at the outer limits of the  removed area. The use of water as a feature of the memorial is encouraged. Any modifications to  the plumbing and/or structural footings shall be coordinated with the Fairfax County Facilities  Management Department to secure all necessary design drawings and permits. Additionally, any  disturbed areas outside of the perimeter of the plaza will need to be restored to their original  state. As-built drawings and photos of the plaza area and fountain are included as part of this  package. 

The contract and scope of work will be managed by Fairfax County Facilities Management  Department. The artist/artist team shall regularly meet with key stakeholder groups, including the  Fairfax County Park Authority, ArtsFairfax, and other stakeholders as determined in  consultation/coordination with the County, throughout the design development process. 

The selected installation must meet all applicable Fairfax County ordinances and Commonwealth  of Virginia building codes, including stormwater and Health Department regulations. The selected  artist or artist team will be required to coordinate with Fairfax County Public Works and  Environmental Services (DPWES) and all required permits and/or plans shall be submitted and  coordinated with Land Development Services (LDS) for approval prior to commencing any work. 


The $200,000 artist fee includes design, materials, fabrication, insurance, travel, packing, shipping,  installation and a maintenance plan for the artwork. Site preparation will be provided by Fairfax  County. Fairfax County reserves the right to make modifications to the site preparation  requirements if the costs exceed the County’s capabilities 

For more information, please visit https://artsfairfax.org/artistcalls/

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