Artists needed to fill in the blank on roundabout

The city of Durango is accepting proposals for original three-dimensional artwork commemorating the legacy of cycling in Durango to be installed at the roundabout at Florida Road and Riverview Drive. Enlarge photo

STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald

The city of Durango is accepting proposals for original three-dimensional artwork commemorating the legacy of cycling in Durango to be installed at the roundabout at Florida Road and Riverview Drive.

When a few thousand cyclists make their way down Florida Road this summer for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the city of Durango wants them to have a nice view on their ride.

The Public Art Commission is looking for an artist or group of artists to come up with a cycling-inspired piece of art to fill the void on the roundabout at Florida Road and Riverview Drive.

The commission approved a budget of $20,000 to find a three-dimensional installation to commemorate the legacy of cycling in Durango, including the city’s recent selection as the starting point for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The final proposal selected will become a part of the city’s permanent art collection.

The race will begin Aug. 20. The deadline for submissions is March 30.

The roundabout was selected because it maintains a strong public presence and a close proximity to Chapman Hill, which carries significance with its relation to the bicycling community.

The city also currently is designing an integrated trail system at Chapman Hill that will provide recreation for downhill and cross-country enthusiasts and BMX and trick riders.

The dimensions and design of the final selection must not interfere with traffic patterns, and it must be visible from the surrounding sidewalks so as not to entice pedestrians to traverse into the flow of roundabout traffic.

The Pro Challenge is a stage race and riders will traverse 11 other high altitude communities throughout Colorado before crossing the finish line in Denver. As part of Durango’s overall host commitments, the city must procure a permanent piece in commemoration of the event.

ted@durangoherald.com