VENTURA : Artists Sought to Redesign Public Plaza


The city of Ventura is seeking applications from artists to help redesign a 10,000-square-foot public plaza at the end of California Street.

As part of long-term plans to revitalize the downtown area, city leaders plan to fix up California Street because it links the downtown to the Pacific Ocean. The plaza, sandwiched between the Holiday Inn and a municipal parking structure, will be spruced up and will provide a link to downtown.

The artist chosen for the job will work with the project manager and architect as part of a design team, said Sonia Tower, the city’s cultural arts coordinator.


City officials are not stipulating what they want the artist to do, Tower said. The artist could end up designing anything from a sculpture to unique water fountains and benches, she said.

The artist should be available to work extensively on the project in late March and April, city officials said. The artist’s fee will be a maximum of $12,000, including time and materials.

Deadline for applications is March 11. Artists should include a resume, slides of recent work and a typed letter of interest.

For information, call Eve Rappoport at 658-4768.