Canal Park Cube: Summer 2017 Open Call

By Editorial Team on July 21, 2017

Deadline: Tue, 15 August 2017

Image courtesy Capitol Riverfront BID.


Deadline: August 15

Apply HERE


Canal Park in Capitol Riverfront is looking for artwork to be projected on the Canal Park Cube with some connection to the theme of Art and the Environment. Canal Park is an award winning three acre park that incorporates innovative environmental features like reclaimed materials, water reclamation and geothermal. The park is the winner of Sustainable Sites and numerous other awards.

Artwork submitted for consideration should embrace the park’s environmental design and legacy. Artwork submitted should also encourage viewers to consider the natural world and the human impact on it and relationship to it.

Video, gifs, cinemagrams or other digital media with movement are preferred but still images in rotation would be considered as well. The Cube is illuminated nightly. Projects that include audio will be considered; the park is equipped with audio capabilities, but any audio will need to be limited in volume and air time so as to respect the park’s neighbors. Artist’s work will be projected for a period of time to be determined.

Selected artists will be awarded a $100 honorarium.


About Capitol Riverfront and the Canal Park Cube

The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District is looking for professional artists to submit proposals for this public art opportunity. The BID encourages artists from all cultural and political backgrounds living in the DC Metro Area to apply.

Canal Park is a 3 acre neighborhood-centric park that opened in 2012 as a model of sustainable design for an outdoor space. The park is home to seasonal markets and events, dancing fountains in the warmer months, and ice skating in the winter. The Southern Block is Canal Park’s culinary and social hub. Here you will find Il Parco, the park’s Neapolitan-style pizzeria, featuring pies made in a 1,000-degree brick oven and a variety of beverages for sale. Atop the restaurant sits the Light Cube, containing color-change lights and three projectors.

The Capitol Riverfront BID provides place management services that assist in creating a neighborhood that is clean, safe, accessible, unique, friendly, and vibrant. The BID actively collaborates and forms partnerships to achieve the vision for the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, and supports the development of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood as a new downtown on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC.


It is expected that the final project when completed and installed will:

-Engage the community, focusing on people of all ages and people who work, live or visit the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood
-Contribute to the goal of establishing Capitol Riverfront as a destination for public art
-Embrace the theme of Art and the Environment as laid out in the Open Call

The selected work should be visible and appealing for both drive-by and pedestrian viewing. It must take into consideration the safety of the public, and may not include nudity, violence or any other potentially offensive material. Capitol Riverfront BID reserves the right to include promotional materials between loops of the artist’s project.