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MONUMENTAL - Request for Proposals

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Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2019
Selected artists will be notified by March 12, 2019

Black Cube and the Denver Theatre District Announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for local artists to propose a ‘Temporary Monument to Denver.'

Black Cube and the Denver Theatre District are soliciting proposals from qualified artists living in the Denver-metro area to propose an artwork that responds to the question—‘What would your monument to Denver look like?”. Artists who are interested in submitting a proposal should email their submission to

Monumental is a project intended to explore our varying connections with public monuments, through the lens of contemporary art. The project includes three areas of programming broken down by local, national, and international artists, all of whom will create temporary works that speak to aspects of public statues. This temporary public art project encourages artists to reflect on traditional permanent monuments in relation to the city of Denver.

Monuments are an important aspect of cities—they can honor historic moments or significant individuals, act as city emblems, or add a distinctive sense of place. In recent years, a national conversation regarding confederate monuments has surfaced in the United States. This dialogue has unveiled a deeper look as to how monuments function within our society, as well as an opportune moment to engage a timely subject. In post-monumental times, this project touches on opposing poles, such as presence and absence, persistence and temporality, and materiality and immateriality. In short, this temporary public art project examines today’s role of monuments in shaping the perception of place.

Temporary Monuments to Denver (working title)
This project asks local artists to produce a temporary monument to the city of Denver. The project will feature several Denver-based artists with each work on display for approximately 3 months. Each artist will design an artwork suitable for display outdoors that will fit atop a stationary monument plinth (the plinth will be designed and installed specifically for the project). Conceived in response to the current sociopolitical climate, the goal of this project is to commission a series of outstanding works of art that act as a focal point for a wider public discussion about public monuments and their relationship to the identity of Denver. Temporary Monuments to Denver will be on view to the public from the end of May 2019 through the end of December 2019. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, in addition to compensation for materials.

What are we looking for?
A sculptural, temporary, monument that responds to the city of Denver. Please note, the artwork must: 

• Be suitable for outdoor display for 3-5 months
• Easily mount atop a stone or concrete plinth
• Be provocative, but not profane
• Image: monument plinth concept, not reflective of actual plinth design

Proposal Requirements
Please include the following materials in your proposal: A brief written description (under 500 words)

• A sketch
• A budget (the materials should not exceed $4,000)

Please submit your proposal as a one-page PDF file to, with the email subject “Monumental Proposal”.

About Black Cube
Black Cube is a nonprofit, nomadic contemporary art museum. At Black Cube, we see ourselves as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage new audiences while supporting artists’ sustainability. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube is experienced primarily through pop-up art exhibitions conceived by our artist fellows. Black Cube was founded by artist and philanthropist, Laura Merage. Find out more at

About The Denver Theatre District
The Denver Theatre District (DTD) enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events and experiences. It provides creatives with a downtown platform and financial support for sharing their work. The DTD is a private non-profit funded through a revenue share collected from advertising on static and LED screens located throughout the District. The Denver Theatre District invests its outdoor media revenues in cultural and art-based experiences, most of which are free to the public. This model is the first of its kind, setting an example for cities nationwide in how to leverage private revenue streams to fund public art and activity. For more information about The Denver Theatre District, visit the website or follow the DTD on Facebook and Instagram (@DenverTheatreDistrict).

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