The Art of Urban Environments

Installations and Performances that engage places of nature, art, and culture and shine a fresh light on urban space

The Art of Urban Environments Festival celebrates how the arts are a positive force in the economic and creative life of communities. Organized by Lafayette College and the City of Easton, located in eastern Pennsylvania, the Art of Urban Environments Festival is funded by a $200,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts.  

Description of Competition and Conditions of Participation

Lafayette College and the City of Easton organized a two-round competition to select up to 16 artists or artist-lead multidisciplinary teams to create site-specific, multi-media environmental installations for display on the college’s art campus on North Third Street and throughout Easton.  The organizers invited the international, national, and regional design communities—including, but not limited to:

  • artists of all disciplines
  • architects
  • landscape architects
  • engineers
  • film makers
  • sound designers

to submit unique and engaging outdoor site-specific installations and environmental sculpture for the sites identified. Entrants were permitted to work in collaboration with individuals from outside their disciplines.

Partnering with schools, community groups, or arts organizations was encouraged. College students enrolled in the last year of design-related curricula were eligible.

Competition Entries

Each entrant was required to select one of the proposed sites to create a unique site-specific installation.

For the first round, individual artists or teams submited proposals for review by a jury panel. A selection of those entries were invited to the second round.

For the second round, invited artists or teams further developed their designs and provided a more detailed budget.  In some instances, organizers suggested alternative sites for installations. From these final entries, the jury selected 10 projects.

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