Norman's duck dynasty plans to expand

The Norman Public Arts Board has issued a call for local artists to submit designs for three new duck sculptures destined for placement in city parks.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 7, 2014
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The city’s dynasty of ducks is about to expand. Norman’s Public Arts Board has issued a call for local artists to submit designs for three new duck sculptures.

The ducks are to be patterned after Samo, the first duck sculpture which was erected in Lions Park near the Firehouse Art Station. Eleven other duck sculptures have since been placed in children’s parks around the city.

The new sculptures will be installed at Normandy Park, Francis Cate Park and Faculty Heights Park.

The goal of the project is to create and install sculptures that encourage creativity from the viewers and users of the park. The Public Arts Board plans to eventually have a duck placed in each of the city’s 28 children-designated parks.

Winning designs have varied from a David Bowie-inspired “Ziggy Starduck” and Thomas Jefferson duck to a Dalmation-spotted duck and a metallic-appearing “Swimmin’ Sammy Steel.”

The artist’s honorarium for each sculpture is $400, payable upon completion and delivery. The fiberglass form will be available for pickup from the Firehouse Art Center. Upon completion, ducks will be delivered to the Firehouse before installation. Completed sculptures will be installed and dedicated this fall.

The theme, including an appropriate name, is up to the artists. Any artist residing within the city limits of Norman is eligible. Applications are due by May 23.

For more information, call Joshua Boydston at 360-1162 or email joshb@normanarts.org.