About the Competition “On the Bench!”

The art project-competition addressed the following message to the invited artists:

The project On the Bench! envisages utilitarian artistic objects in the Riga city space.

The works are not intended to be decorative, but rather to be the collective embodiment of the leitmotif of the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation’s public art programme “Joy and the Joy of Thought”. At the same time, works must be serious contemporary art works on a city bench. The following quality prototypes have been used: 1) Krišs Salmanis’ work for the 2013 competition exhibition “Riga Smiles” in the new annex of the LAA, 2) Miervaldis Polis’ Krišjānis Valdemārs on a bench in Ventspils and 3) a new idea from Aigars Bikše envisaging a bench with a large Rainis at one end and a small Rainis at the other.

This is a closed competition for the following invited artists:

Aigars Bikše
Maija Kurševa
Liene Mackus
Evelīna Deičmane
Ieva Rubeze
Krists Pudzēns
Sandra Krastiņa
Krišs Salmanis
Andris Vītoliņš
Marta Zariņa-Ģelze
Kaspars Podnieks
Anda Lāce
Dāvis Liekniņš
Barbara Gaile

Artists should submit their designs electronically to Helēna Demakova and Vita Birzaka (vita.birzaka@teterevufonds.lv) by December 14th, 2013. Designs should be either in the form of scanned drawings/paintings or computer generated drawings. Scale models are not necessary, but dimensions and materials are required. Visualization in an urban environment is desirable. The production of the bench, including all architect’s and artist’s fees, materials and other costs must not exceed LVL 25,000.

No advance payment will be made to artists; three bonuses are planned, each worth LVL 1,000 including taxes. The foundation board may or may not execute a bench or benches as it deems fit.

The jury is approved by the management of the foundation.

The winning works should be executed by the spring of 2015 when Latvia has the presidency of  the EU.