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City of Utica, partners seek artist proposals for sculpture to honor essential workers

By Eric Reinhardt (


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UTICA, N.Y. — The City of Utica is seeking artists to design a sculpture to honor essential workers who have kept their communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri — in partnership with Sculpture Space Inc. and Empire Recycling Corporation — have announced a request for proposal (RFP) for artists who want to get involved.

The sculpture will be located in the center roundabout of Oriskany Street/Route 5S once the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) reconstruction project is completed. It’s currently the intersection of Oriskany and John Streets.

In addition to the City of Utica, Sculpture Space and Empire Recycling Corporation, NYSDOT and the Bagg’s Square Association also support this initiative.

A small committee will be established to move the process forward and review the submitted RFP’s. All artists are encouraged to submit an RFP to showcase their talent in honoring essential workers. Priority will be given to local artists, the City of Utica noted.

Information about the RFP can be found at Sculpture Space’s website, The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 31.

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