The idea of developing a plan and vision for a COVID-19 memorial was originally brought to the city council by Mayor Robert Garcia in May 2021, where it was unanimously approved.
“As someone who has lost loved ones to COVID, I am grateful that there will always be a place in Long Beach to remember and honor them. I thank the COVID-19 Memorial Advisory Committee for their support in bringing this heartfelt project to fruition,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement.
After creating a digital memorial commemorating the residents of Long Beach who lost their lives because to complications from COVID-19 earlier this year, the city announced on Friday that it would be accepting proposals for a new physical COVID-19 memorial.
The artistic memorial should represent healing while capturing the lasting impacts of the pandemic and offer a glimpse into the future, according to the city. It also aims to celebrate and recognize the contributions of essential workers throughout the pandemic.
Two sites, Shoreline Park in Rainbow Harbor and the east and west ends of the Civic Center complex where Lincoln Park is located, have been tentatively approved by the city as possible locations for the memorial.
Artists will be asked to choose one of two site options when submitting a proposal, although creating the memorial at Rainbow Harbor could take up to an additional year and a half from the time a request is made. submitted to the Coastal Commission because artwork identified for placement at the lighthouse requires approval and review by that state committee, according to the city.
The estimated budgets for the two sites also differ, as Rainbow Harbor will have an estimated budget of $400,000 due to several unique aspects of the site. According to the city, it requires regulatory and technical support for permits, topographic surveys and utility surveys, among several other assessments. Meanwhile, the budget for the Civic Center Complex memorial is around $600,000.
Anyone interested in submitting their work for consideration should submit a proposal by Tuesday, December 6, through the City’s Request for Qualification (RFQ) Provider Portal, Long Beach buys.
A panel of arts professionals, representatives of community organizations, staff from local health facilities and city employees will then select and recommend the top-ranked artist and artwork to the city council. Tuesday, December 13. If approved, the committee may enter into an agreement with the artist.
A timeline for the memorial’s completion will be shared after the agreement between the city and the artist is finalized, officials said.