The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the Buckingham Companies, requests the qualifications of artists interested in completing permanent, exterior artworks for the planned Living Alley at Buckingham’s Library Square property, located at 923 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. One site is a three-story wall surface; the other site is a one-story wall surface. Projects will be completed sequentially. The total artwork budget is $200,000.
Artists and artist-led teams with all members over 18 and living in the United States are eligible to submit their qualifications. Prior experience with creating wall-based work at the indicated scale is required; previous public art project experience is preferred. Artists living in Indianapolis/Marion County are encouraged to apply.
The artwork budget for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 is $200,000, to include the artist’s fee, professional consultants, travel, shipping/delivery, and all costs necessary to realize the physical artwork. Any needed infrastructure, such as power and data lines stubbed through the wall to the artwork site, will be provided by the site owner.
Buckingham is a full-service real estate firm based in Indianapolis, specializing in the development, construction, and management of mixed-use, multi-family, commercial, and hospitality projects. With more than 30 years of experience, Buckingham has grown consistently despite ever-changing market conditions and constant shifts in trends and preferences in the real estate industry. Buckingham strives to create award-winning environments where art takes center stage.
Buckingham’s new and historic residential and mixed-use properties located between 9th St. and St. Joseph St. and between Meridian Street and Pennsylvania Street—separate properties co-branded as Library Square—offer downtown accessibility with an exciting dose of arts and culture. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, the Arts Council of Indianapolis with its Gallery 924, and The Cabaret’s new Christel DeHaan Theatre are located immediately adjacent to Library Square, and it is a short walk to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Phoenix Theatre’s forthcoming new home and performance complex. Buckingham is partnering with the Arts Council to enhance Library Square with public art appropriate to the location and the residential concept.
The Living Alley, located just north of The Congress at Library Square, is envisioned as an opportunity for Library Square residents and commercial tenants to socialize in the open air or simply to relax in a garden setting. The Living Alley will include a courtyard area with benches, fire pits, and grills for all surrounding neighbors, office tenants and residents to gather.
Other planned artistic amenities around Library Square include poetry incorporated into the sidewalks, creative crosswalks, thoughtful lighting, and imaginative landscaping.
Description of Opportunity
There are two phases to this project. Phase 1 is the execution of an artwork on a three-story wall; phase 2 is the execution of an artwork on an adjacent one-story wall that is perpendicular to it. The same artist may be commissioned for both phases, or different artists may create separate works.
Phase 1: Three-story wall
The three-story artwork is intended as an inspiring backdrop to the Living Alley experience. Approaches could include a painted mural, mosaic tile, wall-mounted sculptural elements, glass and/or metal, or a light-based presentation, which may incorporate interactivity.
The wall is on a pre-existing building, and there are no plans to alter the wall. The current wall surface is unpainted concrete block. Existing electrical lines currently attached to the wall must remain and should be incorporated into the artwork design. The existing metal chase cover cannot be removed; however, it may be painted, sculptural elements may be attached to it, or it may be otherwise disguised as long as there is space for the free flow of air through the top. Ideally, the strong design element of the vent cover will be incorporated into the overall design of the three-story artwork.
The lowest eight feet (or so) of the wall surface will not be an integral element of the Living Alley wall artwork: it is the backdrop to a planned basketball court area. Nevertheless, the artwork design should incorporate some minimally aesthetic treatment of that area that will be able to be easily maintained.
Although the artwork is best experienced from within the courtyard, it will be visible from adjacent streets. Artists should consider how the non-resident public would experience the artwork as well as the experience of Library Square tenants accessing the private courtyard.
The estimated budget for the Phase 1 wall is $160,000-$165,000.
Phase 2: One-story “lead-in” wall
The one-story artwork is intended to usher residents and business tenants into the Living Alley area from the Meridian Street entrance, and will complement the adjacent three-story artwork (Phase 1) although it may be created by a different artist. The building’s windows and doors will remain functional; the artist’s design must include the ability for people inside the building to see out through the windows and operate them without restriction. A painted mural, perhaps with elements in perforated adhesive vinyl (for the windows) and/or mosaic tile, is the preferred scheme for this surface.
The estimated budget for the Phase 2 wall is $35,000-$40,000.
The content and imagery of the artworks can be in any form as long as it is sensitive to the potential uses of the courtyard. Non-traditional and conceptual approaches and formats are welcome; however, the overall artwork design should complement the contemporary “look” of the adjacent building while still being appropriate to the nearby historic structures of Library Square.
The artwork must be permanent, safe, easy to maintain, engaging for the public, and accessible throughout the year. The artwork must be compatible with unsupervised public use.
This is the project calendar as it now appears. The design and fabrication plan for the commissioned artwork may result in changes.
Qualifications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of representation from the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Public Art Selection Committee and the Buckingham Companies. The panel will select up to six finalists and compensate each finalist $1,000.00 (plus a travel stipend) to create a conceptual proposal. Finalists will have the opportunity to meet with the project team, research the program, and understand the site as they develop their proposals. The panel will reconvene to review finalists’ proposals and select an artist(s) to complete their proposed artwork(s).
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:
Artistic quality: artist’s submission displays a record of appropriate, yet innovative, concepts brought to a site or project, and documents creative and stylistically distinctive solutions to design and site challenges
Aesthetic sensibility: artist’s work displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for this project
Technical ability: artist’s submission indicates skill with materials and techniques similar to those that would be required for this project
Experience: artist’s submission has indicated familiarity with clients and conditions similar to those that would be used on this project, or has demonstrated the ability on past projects to quickly acquire the skills needed to be successful on a project similar to this one
Process: artist’s submission indicates that the working relationship will be pleasant and the completed project will successfully meet likely challenges, including completing all documentation and managing the given project budget
How to Apply
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