Artists interested in creating works inspired by the history and environment of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and the Love Locks at Savannah Rapids Park are encouraged to apply for a public art project commission by November 1. The Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) issued a request for qualifications for the project, which offers $20,000 for the selected artist or artists’ team.
“The tradition of attaching a Love Lock to the fence of the Canal Headgates bridge has become increasingly popular among citizens and visitors,” explained Shelly Blackburn, CCCVB Executive Director. “The sculpture is an investment in beautification and placemaking, creating a space for people to attach Love Locks and enjoy art in a natural setting .”
The art will be located at Savannah Rapids Park, near the headgates to the Augusta Canal . The work can have permanent, semi-permanent or temporary element and must be designed to complement the setting of Savannah Rapids Park, the Augusta Canal and the surrounding environment.
Following a review of qualifications, three finalists will be chosen to develop detailed proposals. First round applications are due by 5 p.m. November 1.