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The City of Tempe, Arizona, invites artists to submit qualifications to create enhancements for two pedestrian bridges that will cross the I-10, connecting residents between the east and west side of Tempe along the freeway. One artist or artist team will be selected to work with the ADOT team on the aesthetics of both bridges with a focus on enhancing the pedestrian experience.
Eligibility: Artists lawfully present in and eligible to work in the United States
Deadline: 05/29/2019 11:59 PM Central Time
ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) is currently working to design two bridges, one located at Alameda and one connecting the Western Canal. The ADOT aesthetics team has determined a standard bridge cage for these areas. One artist or artist team will be selected to work with the ADOT team on the aesthetics of both bridges with a focus on enhancing the pedestrian experience.
Some possible areas of artistic enhancements include:
Areas to receive ADOT enhanced rustication to match the corridor aesthetics (not the artist’s responsibility):
Art Element Considerations for Pedestrian Bridges:
All planned bridge-related enhancements are being consolidated for a bid package to be released in early 2020. This is a fast track project that requires an artist or artist team with significant past experience working on highly complex design team projects, and will require the selected artist(s) to begin working immediately. The team will meet on a weekly or biweekly basis to determine design intentions and the selected artist(s) will be expected to join these meetings. The aesthetics team will be required to attend public meetings throughout the fall of 2019 and will be available to answer questions from applicants throughout the construction bid process. Full design and construction of the bridge is expected to begin in the fall of 2020 with completion in 2023.
Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. An artist selection committee will review artists’ submissions and select 2-4 finalists. The finalists will be interviewed about their working style, methods of approach, and initial thoughts regarding this opportunity. Finalists will be given further information about the project prior to the interview. The steering committee is comprised of members from community stakeholders, arts professionals and associated city staff. The selected Artist will work with Tempe Transportation, ADOT, and Tempe Public Art throughout the project.
What to Submit
All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.
How to Submit
Submit all materials online at http://www.tempepublicart.submittable.com
QUESTIONS? Contact Rebecca Rothman, Director of Public Art, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-350-2827
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