IMPORTANT! Due to the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) events on this site may be postponed or canceled.CLICK HERE for More Details.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM), invites professional artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a public art design project in response to sites along Riverwalk East, located on the south bank of the Chicago River, between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Through the Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project, artists at the height of their field will develop ambitious, innovative design proposals that activate and enhance this beloved natural amenity and recreation area.
Budget: $10,000 fee to selected artists to develop a proposal
Eligibility: Professional artists/teams with a demonstrated history of completing ambitious, large-scale, outdoor public art projects together
Review the full RFQ and apply here.
Since 2011, the Chicago River has been transformed into the city’s next recreational park, with vast opportunities for residents and visitors to access and enjoy the river at almost every mile. The Riverwalk has quickly become one of the city’s most popular destinations for art, music, dining and the enjoyment of natural habitats, and continues to offer new and improved ways to enjoy Chicago’s waterfronts and architecture. In August 2018, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to improve the east end of the Chicago Riverwalk. These improvements are part of ongoing efforts to build upon the success of the Riverwalk and further enhance visitors’ experience from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. The City will improve older sections of the Riverwalk east of Michigan Avenue to help create even more opportunities for residents and visitors to interact with and enjoy the Chicago River.
Improvements to Riverwalk East include changes to the path to re-orient visitor’s experience with the river; improved landscaping, drainage and paving; outdoor public seating and viewing areas; improved accessibility via a new pedestrian connection at Field Boulevard and a new elevator at Columbus Drive; a children’s play area; a proposed submarine memorial, new vendor signage, storefronts, and public restrooms; a new market west of Michigan Avenue to highlight neighborhood businesses, and new public art.
SUMMARY OF THE OPPORTUNITY
Through the Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project, artists at the height of their field will develop ambitious, innovative design proposals that activate and enhance this beloved natural amenity and recreation area.
Successful public art proposals will navigate site conditions with a bold and creative vision. They will preserve the integrity of the natural environment, and the accessibility and functionality of infrastructure, recreational and pedestrian areas. Designs will include elements of an appropriate size, scale and orientation to engage viewing from multiple potential vantage points, including the Riverwalk, the river itself, and the street level above. They will be suitably engineered for their intended environment; only durable and resilient media will be considered, though integrated light- and/or sound-based elements are also of interest in some areas. Successful public art proposals will create a sense of place and contribute to Riverwalk East’s function as an esplanade and destination for city residents and visitors alike.
* All dates are approximate.
Following the RFQ application deadline, DCASE will convene a panel of arts professionals to review the applications. The committee will select 3-4 finalists, who will be commissioned to develop comprehensive public art design proposals responding to multiple sites along Riverwalk East.
Finalists will have an opportunity to tour the site, meet with stakeholders, review existing plans, and receive community input. Finalists will work in collaboration with architects Muller and Muller (Muller2), 2FM and DCASE staff to develop comprehensive public art plans that respond to both current site conditions and forthcoming developments. Following the design development phase, finalists will present their design proposals to cultural, city and community stakeholders.
For Riverwalk East concept renderings by design firm Muller2, please see presentation 2FM Chicago Riverwalk – Short-Term Improvements: State Street to Lakeshore Drive, included with the RFQ summary found on the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs web site, at:
WHAT TO SUBMIT
Applications should include:
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submit ONLY through the CaFE system.
QUESTIONS? Contact Joanna Goebel, Curator of Public Art, email@example.com or (312) 744-0079
© 2020 - Arts Council of Indianapolis - All Rights Reserved.
Disclaimer: The Arts Council of Indianapolis provides this database and website as a service to artists, arts organizations, and consumers alike. All information contained within the database and website was provided by the artists or arts organizations. No adjudication or selection process was used to develop this site or the artists and organizations featured. While the Arts Council of Indianapolis makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, it does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information.