Sculpture Installations for the Children's Garden at McKee

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McKee Botanical Garden is a historic 18-acre tropical hammock located in Vero Beach on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The mission of McKee is “to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.” 

In late 2018, the Garden will open a near one-acre Children’s Garden at McKee to appeal to our younger visitors, designed specifically for those ages 3-9 years old. The mission of the Children’s Garden at McKee is “to create a fun and whimsical outdoor destination that inspires imagination and curiosity in
children through interaction, education and exploration. The Children’s Garden at McKee will nurture a powerful bond between children and nature.” In keeping with that mission, three specific sculpture groupings have been incorporated into the design for the Children’s Garden at McKee.

Work Media:
The Garden will build on its legacy of support of the art industry with permanent sculptures in the Children’s Garden at McKee. In selecting entries for the Children’s Garden at McKee, emphasis will be placed on artwork that will endure intense weather events, heavy use, and the passage of time. Special consideration will be given to those that incorporate sustainable materials, though sculpture can be submitted using any medium. When choosing submissions, please keep in mind that sculptures may be exposed to full sun during the day and will be played upon by small children. Works should be at child scale with consideration of child safety as outlined by the requirements of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Following are the parameters of the three sculpture areas:
Monkeys/Macaw – $1,000 per sculpture for total stipend of $5,000
Quantity required: 4 monkeys; 1 macaw
Requested dimensions: See attached PDF Exhibit.
Special considerations: These sculptures will be affixed to the 12 ½ -foot high aluminum entry archway, requiring highly secure installation materials. Additional considerations, notes and description of scope of work can be found in attached PDF Exhibits.

Ole Mac Alligator – $1,000
Quantity required: 1 sculpture
Requested dimensions: 6’ x 2’ x 2’. MAX
Special considerations: Sculpture will be located in or adjacent to natural pond and should be very durable under wet conditions. This sculpture may experience wear and tear from children. Additional notes and description of scope of work can be found in attached PDF Exhibits.

Great Blue Heron Sculpture – $1,000
Quantity required: 1 sculpture
Requested dimensions: 4’ x 2’ x ‘2’. MAX
Special considerations: Sculpture will be located in natural pond and should be very durable under wet conditions. This sculpture will not be accessible to children or public. Additional notes and description of scope of work can be found in attached PDF Exhibits.
Brown Pelican Sculptures – $1,000 each for total stipend of $2,000
Quantity required: 2 sculptures
Requested dimensions: 3’ x 1’ x 1’
Special considerations: Sculpture will be located North of Boundary Wall for garden and will not
be accessible to children or public. Additional notes and description of scope of work can be
found in attached PDF Exhibits.

Land Tortoises -$1,000 each for total stipend of $3,000
Quantity required: 3 sculptures
Requested dimensions: 3’W x 3’W x 1.5’ H Max
Special considerations: this grouping will be in full sun throughout the day. Additional considerations, notes and description of scope of work can be found in attached PDF Exhibits.

Blue Crabs – $625 each for total stipend of $5,000
Quantity required: 8 sculptures
Requested dimensions: 10” – 14” high and fit within 2.5’ x 2.5’ footprint max
Special considerations: this grouping will be in shade within the Blue Crab Reading Circle; sculptures will be used as seating for both adults and children while reading. Additional considerations, notes and description of scope of work can be found in attached PDF Exhibits.

For questions and the full application, please contact Executive Director Christine Hobart at 772.794.0601 or hobart@mckeegarden.org. 

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