Open Call for Artist-Designed
Mini Golf Course Holes
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, January 4, 2017
May 26 — September 2, 2018
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Mini Golf at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG) blends art, horticulture, architecture, environmentalism, and family fun into a playful 18-hole mini golf course set within the beauty of the DSBG. In keeping with our informal organizational theme for the year, the course will celebrate insects and animals that are pollinators and the plants, crops, and fruits that are dependent on pollinators.
The holes will be designed, built and installed by local and regional artists, architects and, designers selected from this open call. The intent of this project is to:
- Present a playful, one-of-a-kind exhibition of interactive artworks by local, regional, and national artists;
- Create a unique, destination attraction to drive attendance, membership and revenue;
- Offer an attractive rental and event option during the run of the exhibition; and
- Enliven spaces at DSBG while creating fun, family-friendly experiences.
The theme of the course is Pollinators, including, but not limited to, insects and animals that pollinate plants, and the plants, fruits, crops, and products derived therefrom that are dependent on these pollinators. Submissions are encouraged to be creative and incorporate the theme in any manner appropriate for their proposal.
According to the USDA Forest Service, pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat or look at! In fact, nearly 1/3 of all foods that humans enjoy need pollinators in some way. These products include many fruits like apples and oranges, but also less obvious pollinator-dependent plant-based products like tequila. Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, as well as other unusual animals.
The Xerces Society states that fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25% of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.
Entrants may include artists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, furniture designers, or related design or engineering fields, including students or groups of the above, based anywhere in the United States. Fabrication experience is beneficial.
Submissions will be accepted from either individual artists or teams. Collaborations are encouraged. Individuals or teams may submit more than one entry, but each design proposal requires a separate submission. Impress us with designs that are whimsical, playable, interesting, and beautiful.
Proposals will be selected for inclusion in the Mini Golf course by a team which may consist of curators, designers, museum professionals, community members, and architects based upon the following criteria:
Concept This includes originality of the design and relationship to the “Pollinators” theme.
Playability: Each proposal will be evaluated for appropriate balance between challenge and fun for players.
Safety: Each hole must be safe for play by all ages and not present any hazards that could harm public participants at every level of ability. To the extent possible, holes should be ADA accessible.
Durability: Each hole must be built to handle a large volume of traffic (more than 50,000 people visit DSBG during the summer) and weather without constant upkeep and maintenance.
Feasibility: Each proposal will be evaluated on the feasibility of its design for real-world construction and use. Any proposals that are out of scope in scale or budget or present unrealistic expectations by way of execution, playability, or installation may not be considered. The selection panel may contact artists to clarify any feasibility questions during the jury process.
Selected entries will receive a $3,000 stipend as compensation for artists’ design, time, materials, delivery and installation. The stipend will be paid in two installments, half upon full execution of the contract and half upon completed installation of the hole. The selected artists will receive a free pass to play unlimited mini golf all summer long (one pass per artist). The selected artists will also receive recognition in publications, media opportunities, documentation and special events.
DSBG staff will consult with the selected artists and designers throughout the process of construction and installation of each hole on the Mini Golf course. DSBG staff will consult in all aspects of course design and construction to produce the best possible results and to maximize resources. This consultation will include studio visits (schedule below) and occasional meetings with artists to gauge progress and address any potential issues as they arise. Once the course is in place, DSBG’s staff will create signage and flags to unify the public’s playing experience and brand the course.
Studio visits will be performed at 30%, 70% and 90-100% intervals. This means that at the time of the 30% studio visit, the hole is expected to be approximately 30% completed. The Studio Visit schedule is as follows:
Week of March 19, 2018: 30% Studio Visits
Week of April 30, 2018: 70% Studio Visits
Week of May 14, 2018: 90-100% Studio Visits
Note: Virtual studio visits will be scheduled for artists not in-residence in the greater Charlotte region.
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:30 pm
Great Hall, Visitor Pavilion, DSBG
An information session will be held for those interested in learning more about the project, constructing a proposal, and who have other considerations or questions about the artist-designed mini golf program. This information session is recommended for anyone considering submitting a proposal, but is not required.
Monday, December 4, 2017 Information Session
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Submission Due
Monday, January 15, 2018 Winning Holes Selected & Contracts Sent Out
Week of January 29, 2018 Contracts Returned & Final Design Discussions
Week of March 19, 2018 30% Studio Visit
Week of April 30, 2018 70% Studio Visit
Week of May 14, 2018 90-100% Studio Visit
Week of May 21, 2018 Delivery & Installation of Holes
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Course Opens for Preview
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Course Opens to the Public
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Course Closes
Monday, September 3, 2018 De-installation & Dispersal of Holes Begins
HOURS OF OPERATION
The course will be open Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, September 2, 2018. The course will operate during DSBG hours and during special events including, but not limited to Sip and Stroll evenings. Private rental events will operate outside public hours.
STAFFING & MAINTENANCE
The daily management of course operations will be handled by DSBG staff. Upon installation, DSBG will assume responsibility for upkeep and maintenance of the course.