Call for ideas: Rizzo statue

Submissions are now closed. Ideas were accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017.

The City of Philadelphia wants your input about the future of the Frank L. Rizzo Monument located on the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Plaza.

Created by artist Zenos Frudakis, the Rizzo statue was commissioned in 1998 by “The Frank L. Rizzo Monument Committee,” a group of family, friends, and supporters. Rizzo, born and raised in South Philadelphia, was Philadelphia Police Commissioner from 1968 to 1971 and Mayor of Philadelphia from 1972 to 1980. The statue is cast bronze, standing nine feet tall and weighing 2000 pounds.

In response to recent public conversation around the statue and its location in front of the Municipal Services Building, Mayor Kenney and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy are asking the public to share their ideas for the statue’s future.

All Philadelphians are welcome to submit their ideas.


Criteria

Ideas should address the following:

  • How does the idea incorporate Mayor Rizzo in the context of Philadelphia’s past, present, and future?
  • How easy is it to put your idea in place?
  • What is the estimated cost to put your idea in place?

How to submit your idea

  • Format: Please provide a written description of your idea about the Rizzo statue including its placement. If your idea is to relocate the Rizzo statue, please indicate a proposed new location.
  • Word limit: Your text must be no more than 500 words.
  • Optional: Drawings or site plans are welcome, but not required.
  • Submit your ideas online here. (Submissions are now closed. Ideas were accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017.)
  • You may also submit via US Mail or by dropping off at:
    Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
    City of Philadelphia
    116 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Deadline: The deadline for submitting ideas is 5:00 p.m., September 15, 2017.

Process

All ideas will be reviewed by the Kenney Administration and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for feasibility, potential cost, impact to the statue, and impact to public property. The ideas will be taken into consideration in the development of an official proposal for any changes, removal, relocation, or deaccession of the Rizzo statue submitted to the Philadelphia Art Commission for their review and consideration.

Submissions are now closed. Ideas were accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017.


This Call for Ideas does not commit the City to developing any official proposal. The City is also not obligated to pursue any idea submitted  here. Any response, including written documents and verbal communication, by any person responding to this Call for Ideas will become the property of the City and may be subject to public disclosure by the City or any authorized agent of the City. The City is not liable for any costs incurred by any person in preparing and/or submitting a response to this Call for Ideas.


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