Proposals for Public Sculpture - Healing Garden in Zumbrota
By Crossings
December 7, 2005


Call for Artists:

Stepping Beyond Violence


Proposals for Public Sculpture - Healing Garden in Zumbrota

Award - $2000


ZUMBROTA - Working Together, a community collaboration dedicated to prevention, reduction and healing from violence, is launching a public sculpture competition for EastPark in Zumbrota, Minnesota. The sculpture will be installed as a focal point for a HealingGarden in the summer of 2006.


The HealingGarden will be a public space for all to enjoy, dedicated to those healing from lives touched by violence. A key feature of the HealingGarden will be a pattern of stepping stones, laid in concentric circles around a central focal point. Each stepping stone will be created by an individual touched by violence – whether as a survivor, friend, family member or healer. The stones will be created from ceramic tiles - broken and refashioned in a new mosaic design - symbolizing the beauty that can be reclaimed from the broken. By creating a visible place honoring victims and those who support them, it will increase acceptability for seeking help, and overcoming shame & blame.The winning designer will be awarded $2000 to create, deliver and install the sculpture in the HealingGarden




A focal point designed to draw attention to the center of the garden.An expression of the hope and healing found in transforming life’s hardships into experiences of power, learning, and beauty.A unifying symbol of community, understanding and support.



Materials are required to be weather resilient and maintenance-free.



5 foot maximum diameter, no height limit.



Entry is open to all, $10 entry fee per artist.Artists may submit the concept for sculpture in one of the three options:1. A maquette (three-dimensional miniature mock-up of the sculpture approximately 1/10 the size of the finished sculpture).2.  A drawing scaled 2 in=1 ft of the sculpture showing different views.3.  An actual photograph of the completed piece.All entries must be accompanied by a written physical description of the sculpture. Artists may also submit a vision statement about the piece. All entries should include the artist’s name, address, phone, email, bio and artist statement.


The deadline for entries is March 30, 2006 at .

The decision of a panel of judges, selected by Working Together, will be final.The winner will be announced on April 7, 2006.


The deadline for completion/final installation is September 7, 2006.

A public dedication ceremony for the completed HealingGarden will take place in September.All entries will be on display through the month of June. Comments from the public will be invited.The winning sculpture becomes the property of the City of Zumbrota.Entries may be mailed or dropped off at Crossings,
320 East Ave, Zumbrota, MN55992


Questions may be directed to Marie Marvin at 507-732-7616, [email protected]


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