Parking Garage Artwork Design Competition
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Entry Deadline: 10/23/16
Images - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 10
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The City of Sarasota is sponsoring a design competition related to a recently constructed downtown parking garage located at 1538 State Street between Orange Avenue and Lemon Avenue. This design competition is limited to artists that reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150 mile radius of the City of Sarasota. The parking garage sits just one block off the heart of Main Street. The new garage stands six stories high and includes retail space on the first floor along State Street. The façade of the parking garage gives an appearance of a structure other than a parking garage.
Along the State Street frontage, there are two pedestrian entrances with elevators and stairwells, and concrete atriums that are open to the ceiling of the structure. The City desires to have artwork adorn the elevator/stairwell lobbies and levels on each of the interior floors (the sixth floor is an open parking deck) and as well as the atriums, stairwells, and possibly the concrete walls within the garage. The intent is for artwork to provide a way-finding system useful in helping garage users identify the location of their parked car (i.e., each floor to have a different artistic characteristic – such as color, art scene, art design, etc).
This competititon will be judged based on a written description of your proposed artwork for this project and illustrations of the proposed artwork which are to be submitted in your response to this Call.
This Call to Artists is open only to artists that reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150 mile radius of the City of Sarasota.
City staff will hold two meetings with interested artists at the State Street Parking Garage prior to the closing of this Call to Artists. These meetings will be held at 9:00 am on August 10th and September 7th, 2016. Meet staff at the 1st floor office by the entrance to the State Street Parking Garage. Please contact Clifford Smith, Senior Planner, email@example.com or 941-365-2200, ext. 4361, to schedule attendance at an orientation meeting.
Artists who are eligible to submit are requested to submit their original design ideas, all of which will be reviewed and initially ranked by the Public Art Committee at a public meeting. Following this initial selection process, five artists who are selected as finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee (finalists will be paid $500 honorariums to present their proposals in person and must include a site specific maquette and/or other visual depictions of the proposed artwork). The Public Art Committee will rank the five proposals and make a recommendation to the City Commission, which grants final approval for the commissioning of this work. More than one artist may be offered this commission, however the entire budget for the project will not exceed $100,000. If more than one artist is offered this commission, artists may be assigned an individual level(s) on which to work so that each level will be individually distinguishable for the way-finding system. An artist(s) may also be assigned to work on one or both atriums.
Public comment is allowed during meetings of the Public Art Committee and City Commission.
The five selected artists for in-person presentations are responsible for transportation, lodging, food costs, and maquette/display materials when making their in-person presentations to the Public Art Committee.
All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their submissions. Please do not call or e-mail for an update on the status of the submission.
Overall design criteria that will help guide the selection of artwork are:
Artwork that will complement the City and this downtown location.
There is no stated stylistic preference and a full spectrum of high quality artwork is anticipated to be of interest to the City. However, the City does prefer designs that would make the users of the parking garage feel safe and comfortable when using the facility.
The commissioned work of art will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. Artists are encouraged to submit qualifications, digital images, and a brief statement describing an initial concept idea for this project. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums suitable for a public parking garage environment and styles will be represented.
For general information regarding the City’s public art program and images of completed works within the City's collection, please visit http://sarasotagov.org/PublicArt/index.html.
Artists that reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150 mile radius of the City of Sarasota who have successfully completed projects of similar scale and budget.
The City’s project budget is not to exceed $100,000.00 (One-hundred thousand dollars). This artwork budget will reflect all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to such items as: design, engineering, production, transport, installation, site preparation, lighting needs, travel expenses, and required insurance.
Orientation meeting(s): August 10th / September 7th 2016, each beginning at 9:00 AM EST.
Deadline for submission: October 23, 2016
General review of applicants by the Public Art Committee: November, 2016
Finalist presentations to the Public Art Committee: January, 2017
Recommendation of the Public Art Committee presented to City Commission: February, 2017
Artist(s) under contract: March, 2017
Anticipated project completion and installation: Prior to end of 2017
Installation may require application during low traffic periods of the public garage to avoid potential liability, operational conflicts, and distractions.
Local Eligibility Requirement
To be eligible to submit to this Call to Artists, an artist must reside or have an office/artist studio with a 150 mile radius of the City of Sarasota.
Please provide a written description and illustrations (images, renderings, etc.) of your proposed artwork for the State Street Parking Garage - include title, type of media, dimensions, weight, and fabrication information.
Resume: Please provide a brief current professional resume emphasizing art experience, public collections and public art commissions. Please be sure to include contact information including telephone number and email address.
Please upload a file displaying examples of previous works of art. For each example, please provide an image, title, type of media, dimensions, and year of completion. Alternatively, you can upload images from your library/gallery, but be sure to include an ID sheet providing the requested information.
Proposed Budget Estimate for this Project
Please include a proposed budget estimate for this project.
Professional References: Please provide 3 or more professional references.