Sagamore and BOPA Launch Port Covington Bench Design Competition

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rendering via the Build Port Covington Facebook Page

Sagamore Development Release:

Sagamore Development Company and The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts today announced a national competition seeking design proposals for the “Next Great Baltimore Bench.” 

Sagamore Development Co. and The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) are encouraging artists, artisans, makers and designers from all backgrounds to submit proposals. Sagamore and BOPA are asking for “wide-open thinking” about what street furniture in the new Port Covington may look like. Applications can be found online at The deadline for applications is Friday, April 29, 2016.

While the competition is open to designers from anywhere, it is hoped proposed benches will have a positive Baltimore narrative and strong local connection.  The ideal bench would be useful, beautiful, and specific to Baltimore so that it can be installed throughout the entire landscape and streetscape of Port Covington, a planned 226-acre mixed-use redevelopment and park system in South Baltimore.

The desired outcomes of the competition are to:

  • Stimulate “wide-open thinking” about what street furniture in Port Covington may look like;
  • Attract the attention and participation of artists, designers, teams and firms at a variety of scales and experiences;
  • Receive a variety of design solutions that explore the potential for new building methods and materials; and
  • Raise the arts and design profile of Baltimore.

All proposals will be reviewed by a jury panel, which will select semifinalists for further consideration. Up to five semifinalists will be announced by May 19. Semifinalists will be provided $2,000 to develop their initial proposals into a more complete design package. Semifinalist submissions will be made available to the public in early June for review and commentary, via the BOPA website and an in-person exhibit of the design boards and models.

For more information on the competition, visit  All questions regarding the first phase of the competition must be submitted to with subject line “Bench Design Question” by 11:59 p.m. on March 18. Answers will be provided publicly on the Call to Artists webpage by March 30.

About Sagamore Development Company: Sagamore Development is a Baltimore-based commercial real estate development company. Sagamore is the master developer for Port Covington, a planned mixed-use redevelopment and park system in South Baltimore. For more information, visit

About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA): The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. For more information, visit

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