Imagine a sculpture garden welcoming visitors to Portsmouth, NH as they take the Market Street Gateway from Interstate 95 to the city’s downtown. That’s the vision of the Portsmouth NH 400 Legacy Task Force. Located in the city’s already existing Bohenko Gateway Park, this new sculpture garden will have a maritime theme, celebrating the river and all that is connected with it through public art.
The location could accommodate 6 to 8 sculptures, however the plan is to begin with a more limited number with expansion after 2023.
Just a short walk from the bustling downtown, this sculpture garden will attract visitors and residents of our seacoast community, providing the perfect location for quiet reflection, a family picnic, or educational programs on our maritime history.
Portsmouth NH 400 is inviting artists to submit designs and selection will be based on the Public Art Procedural Guidelines that were created by the city. A committee, including representatives from the community and the city as well as others with expertise in public art, will select the finalists. Plans are to install the public art during the 400th celebration in 2023.
Additional information and a link to the full RFP can be found HERE.