NMDOT I-25 Missouri Avenue Bridge Art
Marron and Associates
Attn: Hilary Brinager
125 Main Street, Suite 101
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Entry Deadline: 4/16/14
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
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The NMDOT Bridge Art Program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces and visual resources through an innovative and diverse public art collection. The goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.
Through a fair and open public process, a committee made up of local and regional representatives will work with NMDOT to select an artist or artist team to work on the project. NMDOT then commissions imagery that is designed for integration directly into the architecture of the bridge.
The Local Selection Committee is seeking an artist or artist team to create site-specific designs for the Missouri Avenue Bridge at I-25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The final design, to be developed by the selected artist should express local values, relate to local context, and provide a visual narrative for the traveling public. The images will be cast in concrete formliners into both the concrete bridge abutments and wall barrier. The commissioned work will be expected to address textures, colors, and form. The actual fabrication will be done through the project general contractor. Through public input the design theme will include one or more of the following: Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley culture, Organ Mountains, scenic/landscape, or nature elements. The themes may be interpreted symbolically or figuratively.
The selected artist will be expected to attend all meetings for the design and approvals process. There will be a minimum of six meetings required and additional as necessary. The artist will be responsible for all material costs for this process through the design phase and will work with the consultant on the project to integrate the approved imagery into the plan set.
This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams who are legal residents of New Mexico. If a minor is selected as a semi-finalist, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to all subsequent meetings. Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget.
The Local Selection Committee is made up of representatives from NMDOT and the Las Cruces community. Under the guidance of the NMDOT Project Coordinator, this group of individuals is responsible for prospectus development, submission review, semi-finalist selection and ultimately selecting the artist or artist team to be awarded the commission project.
The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:
Up to five semi-finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for the project. An honorarium of $250 will be awarded to all semi-finalists for submitting a proposal and attending the selection meeting on May 30, 2014. Each semi-finalist will give a personal presentation to the Local Selection Committee at the selection meeting. The selected artist (or artist team) will give a presentation at a public meeting, scheduled for July 17, 2014, 6:00 pm. All maquettes (miniature models), samples and written proposals will become the property of NMDOT. The selected artist will be required to enter into an agreement with the consultant (Molzen-Corbin).
Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted:
The following are key dates in the selection process:
Questions regarding the project should be directed to: Eric Johnson by phone at (505) 898-8848 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.