Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture Seeking Artist Designs for the Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk

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Riverfront Recapture is seeking artists for the new Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk.Riverfront Recapture image

The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk is named in honor of Riverfront Recapture’s long time CEO, Joe Marfuggi.

Riverfront Recapture and the Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk Public Art Committee have opened a Request for Qualifications to identify qualified artists interested in developing site-specific permanent artwork to be installed along the Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk. This RFQ is the first phase of a two-phase process, the second is a Request for Proposals, where selected artists will provide their vision and ideas for the project.

The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk will extend 2.5 miles from Riverside Park to Windsor Meadows, creating connections through Riverfront Recapture’s future park to Windsor, South Windsor, and Keney Park. Construction will begin in the spring of 2022 and be complete by the end of 2022.

Art will be installed in five locations along the riverwalk, and visual storytelling will be incorporated all along the riverwalk.

The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk is to be a celebration of Riverfront Recapture’s success led by a beloved man who encouraged participation by the example of hard work and an impish sense of humor. With both vision and the ability to bring people of all cultures, interests and ages together at the waters edge, Joe Marfuggi’s humility and persistence will be honored.

The RFQ deadline is September 30, 2021. More information is available at https://riverfront.org/joemarfuggirfq/ This opportunity is open to professional or emerging/student artists 18 years of age and older residing in a state with the Connecticut River passing through or being its border may apply.

The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk is a joint venture between Riverfront Recapture and the City of Hartford, with funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), the City of Hartford, and the Federal Highway Administration. Additional funding from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will be used to address onsite environmental issues allowing full public use once construction is complete on the regional Riverwalk network.

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