Dignitaries stand in front of the city’s newest fire station in this January photo. (File photo)

City issues call to artists to paint murals on new fire stations

Artists asked to create artwork that acknowledges the contributions of the fire department personnel

The City of Red Deer is looking for local artists to create a large scale, public art mural or sculpture for the exterior of two of the city’s newest fire stations.

Both fire houses – Fire Hall # 3 in Lancaster and Fire Hall #4 in Timberlands – have allocated a space to accommodate artwork that acknowledge the contributions of both past and present of the fire department personnel in keeping Red Deer and its citizens safe.

The artwork is expected to be installed this upcoming fall.

Each station is placing their own spin on the artwork theme. The Lancaster Fire Station is looking for artwork that will represent or capture a past or contemporary event in which fire‐fighting personnel played an important role or reflect fire personnel in action.

The Timberlands Fire Station will feature artwork that is historic in nature and that celebrates the first fire station in Red Deer (Station #1), which prior to its demolition and relocation in 1963, was located on the north side of the City Hall Park and housed sleeping quarters for the fire brigade, the town office and town council chambers.

Artists may apply for one of both Expressions of Interest and should provide a distinct submission for each. Submissions should include:

– Letter of Interest

– Qualifications and/or resume

– Description, if available, of previous projects and/or commissions

– Photos/slides/DVD of up to 20 images of previous artwork

Those interested in submitting an application can view the requirements at purchasingconnection.ca or contact Pat Matheson at 403-309-4775 or pat.matheson@reddeer.ca.

The deadline for submissions is April 12.

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