Airport Parking Plaza Lobby Stair Project Seeks Public Art

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Airport Parking Plaza Lobby Stair Project Seeks Public Art



San Diego International Airport is pleased to announce a new public art opportunity.  

Artists and artist teams are invited to submit qualifications for the Parking Plaza Lobby Stair Public Art Opportunity. The new parking plaza is expected to be a 3-story building of approximately 1,000,000 square feet with 3,000 parking spaces.  The Parking Plaza is anticipated to be a post-tensioned concrete structure and will be located on the current footprint of the Terminal 2 West parking lot. 

The project is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to activate the exterior, terminal-facing sides of the plaza’s three lobby stairwells, which serve as pedestrian entry and exit points for the structure. The artwork should feature unique and memorable sculptural elements that create a visual screen in front of the stairwells, while still allowing for visibility, transparency, and ventilation. The sculptural treatment should have a light and airy quality to complement the openness of the lobby. While the three elements should clearly share a common theme or leitmotif, each should possess a distinctive character through differentiation of texture, pattern, material, technique, or effect.

The artist or artist team selected for this opportunity will collaborate closely with the Design Team throughout the design, construction, and installation process.

Estimated budget: $550,000

For complete eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and to apply for the opportunity, all artists must register in the Authority’s Vendor Database:

To register visit: and complete the Vendor Registration.

What you need to register:

1. You will be asked to create a user name and password; please write them down and save for reference,

2. Have your federal tax ID # or your SSN available, and

3. Select your Business Category. For this opportunity use the following Business Category 711510 (Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers)

Once you have successfully completed the registration process you will receive an e-mail confirming your successful registration. You may then log into to view and/or print the opportunity.


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