The City of Minneapolis invites experienced public artists to apply to collaborate with the design team for the Consolidated Office Building to identify several public art opportunities to be integrated into the future building and to design one signature artwork. The building will be at 501 Fourth Ave. S. and will co-locate City employees and public services currently in several sites throughout downtown Minneapolis. The design team for the Consolidated Office building includes the Minneapolis firm MSR (Meyer, Scherer, & Rockcastle), working in partnership with the international firm Henning Larsen.
This is the first of two or more calls for artists for the City of Minneapolis Consolidated Office Building. Future calls will include a number of specific public art commissions. Artists who have interest in creating individual artworks or who have no experience collaborating with architectural design teams are encouraged to apply for the future call(s) in 2018.
Deadline: Tuesday, December 12, 4 p.m., CST
Budget: $90,000 for design (appx. 400-450 hours); $300,000 for fabrication/installation (to be contracted later)
Eligibility: Practicing artists with professional artistic resumes and experience working with architectural design teams, with the availability for extensive travel to Minneapolis.
About The Consolidated Office Building Public Art Project
The City is seeking an experienced artist/artist team to work with the project design team to collaborate with the design team for the Consolidated Office Building for phase one of this public art project. Phase two has two aspects:
a) Identifying several public art opportunities to be integrated into the future building to be included in a future call(s) for seeking artists with a range of experience, working in a range of media and who are able to create work that will inspire the many diverse communities of the City.
b) Designing one signature artwork to be integrated into the building (at 40-50% design), and be contracted separately for the final design and fabrication of that work.
Possible art opportunities include, but are not limited to, the façade, exterior spaces, floors, walls, ceilings, staircases, railings, lighting and opportunities to interactively engage the visiting public. Goals of the public art project include:
The total budget for this phase one–design assistance–of this public art project is $90,000. The fabrication budget for the signature artwork is outside the scope of this work and will be contracted for separately. It has not yet been finalized but is estimated to be approximately $300,000. The total public art budget for the project is currently estimated to be approximately $1.5 to 2 million.
Artists/artist teams will collaborate with the design team, project staff and steering committee. This is estimated at approximately 400-450 hours of work. Responsibilities include:
Design and Engagement:
Communications and Administration:
Copyright and Ownership:
Who is Eligible to Apply
The project is open to public artists who are able to travel to work with the design team in person and have the availability to work with the team over the course of several visits to the team’s offices and to the City of Minneapolis. -Current City staff and Minneapolis Arts Commissioners are not eligible. Artists may apply individually or as teams. While there’s no restriction to the number of participating members, smaller teams are recommended. Teams should be adequately sized to ensure simplicity in project management and communications. A lead contact must be identified and stated upon application. Note that the entire team will receive the same size design fee as a single artist. All members of the proposed team have previous experience and show evidence of working together as a team on at least one public art project. Artists applying must be readily available during the timeline, especially during the winter/spring of 2018. Artists currently under contract with the City for other public art projects must be performing according to the scope of services and schedules for those projects. This project is seeking artists/artist teams who are practicing artists with professional artistic resumes. Architectural, engineering and design firms, galleries, fabricators, organizations, and public art consultants/project managers are not eligible to apply or to be part of the applying team.
All proposals are due Tuesday, December 12, 4pm. CST.
How to Apply: Proposals should be emailed to RFP.Responses@minneapolismn.gov. Please note that this mailbox has a limit of 10MB, and you will most likely need to email a link to your full application at a document storage website, such as Dropbox or send multiple emails.
What to Submit
Artwork Samples: Submit ten images as jpegs. It is recommended that your images be roughly 1920 x 1920 pixels and no more than 1.8 MB in file size. Images that do not meet the required formats may not be considered. Videos or websites will not be reviewed during the first round. (Finalists will be able to submit videos.)
Written Materials: Proposal packets should be submitted in 8 1/2 x 11 pdf format. Please include:
All questions regarding this proposal should be submitted in email to: email@example.com by November 28, 4pm CST. All questions and answers will be compiled and posted online as an addendum to this Call for Artists. Do not contact other contractors or City staff working on this project.
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