Spenard Road Public Art: Municipality of Anchorage Public Art Program
4700 Elmore Road
Second Floor / Public Art
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Entry Deadline: 11/30/17
Number of Applications Allowed: 2
Media Images: 6
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MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE
Project: Spenard Road Reconstruction
(1) Photo Avenue Location $55,000
Photo Avenue is located on the East side of Spenard Road at the intersection of Spenard and Benson Blvd. Once a closed road, Photo Ave. will be open to allow access. Currently a grassy area, Photo Ave. will be transformed into a circular plaza with landscaping. The location identified for art is currently set to receive landscaping. Any base or footings needed for artwork will be the responsibility of the artist. There will be no seating and the jury is not interested in concepts that include seating. The jury is interested in seeing a variety of concepts for this area that transform and highlight the space. The jury is interested in many different types of sculptural interventions for this location. There is potential for artworks that require electrical components at this location. The dimensions available for this site are varied, but the general area measures 100' x 40' for approximately 3000 sqaure feet of available space. If interested, the plaza location may be available as well. Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zxxj3rgxne1n6ro/AADV6VrfwvcZezuO-mKaJ96sa?dl=0 for site plans an graphics.
(2) Bosco’s Location 2301 Spenard Road $30,000
Multiple locations identified along and throughout Spenard Road: From Hillcrest to Benson Blvd. $85,000
Please see page two of the graphics for the identified locations. There are 5 areas identified in red markers that are available for art interventions. For this approach, the jury is interested in seeing an intervention along the road that incorporates multiple pieces that are a part of one cohesive design. The locations identified include: the artwork site location at Bosco’s, the landscaped area in front of the parking lot adjacent to W.23rd Ave., the landscaped area bordering the sidewalk between W. 25th and W. 26th, the North East corner of W. 27th and Spenard Road, and the east side of W.27th, and the Photo Avenue artwork site. The jury would like to see artwork that ties one side of the road to the other and creates visual consistency for commuters, walkers, and bikers. The dimensions and measurements for these sites vary, and at this stage the jury is interested in concepts for the locations. Please visit the link below to see measurements of all locations. There is possibility to integrate electricity at the Bosco’s and Photo Avenue locations. Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zxxj3rgxne1n6ro/AADV6VrfwvcZezuO-mKaJ96sa?dl=0for site plans an graphics.
The Spenard Road reconstruction between Hillcrest Drive and 30th Avenue began as a traffic and safety improvement project in 1999. After years of Engineering reports, Traffic and Safety Analyses, and District Planning, this project began this summer. This Spenard Road corridor has a pedestrian presence and transit use amounts that are among the highest in Anchorage. Before this road construction, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities along the corridor were minimal or non-existent. This reconstruction project will widen the sidewalks, add bike lanes, improve street crossings and add curb cuts and curb ramps. Spenard Road has a history of repeating collisions at a higher rate that is considered acceptable for this type of roadway and one of the highest rates of pedestrian-bicycle related crashes in Anchorage. The road reconstruction will change the 4-lane model to a 3-lane model with a 2-way center left turn lane. This reconstruction will update the road to current urban standards, adding a new road base, curb and gutters, storm drains, transit improvements, lighting upgrades, pedestrian crossing improvements, landscaping, and art. The improved corridor will accommodate the year 2037 traffic levels at an appropriate service capacity.
Artists will be selected to develop proposals with the project team based on:
Artists are required to submit the following items:
1. Six digital images of past work should be loaded into CaFE (callforentry.org) following the guidelines on that site.
2. Each image should be identified with title, materials, dimensions, and value.
3. Current 1-2 page resume, including 3 professional references.
4. Your artist statement should include a description of why you are interested or particularly qualified for this project. It should also address any experience or work sample deficiencies in relation to your chosen medium.
5. Answers to required questions about location, medium, and commission level.
ART SELECTION JURY
Jennifer Noffke represents Municipality of Anchorage as the Project Administrator, Troy Frey is the Construction Inspector on this project and also represents the Municipality, Chandre Marie Szafran is a local community member, Danielle Larson is a local professional artist, Jay Stange represents the Spenard Community Council, Mark Kimerer is a representative from Bettisworth North Architects and is the Landscape Architect working on this project.
Requests for additional information may be directed to the Curator of Public Art, at Municipality of Anchorage at the Department of Public Works. The telephone number is (907) 343-6473; the FAX number is (907) 249-7567. The 1% for Art program for the Municipality of Anchorage has a web site at http://www.muni.org/publicart.