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Artist Needed for Pensacola Welcome Sign

The City of Pensacola is hosting a design contest for artists to create a three-dimensional welcome structure, which will greet as many as 100,000 visitors daily on the Pensacola side of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, or Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. Bridge.


The city is working in partnership with Dalrymple Sallis Architecture for the contest, with a goal of creating a design that will greet visitors to Pensacola for decades to come. Funding for the project will be provided in part through a Joint Participation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation.

The selected design will be fabricated and installed by the city, to be placed in the area between Bayfront Parkway and Gregory Street facing south-southeast. Please see the project area map for location details.

All interested artists are encouraged to submit their designs for consideration to submissions@cityofpensacola.com using the requirements outlined in the application packet. The submission deadline is Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. The selected artist(s) will receive compensation for their work.

An interest meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 13 from 9-10 a.m. to provide interested artists an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the project. The meeting will take place in the Hagler-Mason Conference Room, located on the second floor of City Hall at 222 W. Main St.

A panel of city staff and citizens will review submissions and select the best design using a scoring rubric. Artists are asked to take into consideration the location’s aesthetics, physical limitations, Pensacola history and cohesiveness when creating their design.

Artists should review the application packet for more detailed information about the design criteria, dimensions, materials and submission requirements. For more information or questions, please email submissions@cityofpensacola.com.