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The City of Boston has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a public art project for the reconstruction of North Square, a public space located in the North End of Boston.
Working closely with the Public Works Department and the Boston Art Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites artists to submit their proposals for public art to be incorporated in the reconstruction of NorthSquare.
Note: this project requires artists to submit conceptual designs as part of the application process.
ELIGIBILITY: The RFP is open to all professional artists or teams with experience in public art. Artists from the North End neighborhood are encouraged to apply.
Settled in the early 1600’s, the North End is one of Boston’s oldest occupied neighborhoods and has a vibrant community fabric. North Square was the center of community life, and continued to be a site of commerce and gathering place through the 1800’s as waves of immigrants settled in the neighborhood. In the 20th century the neighborhood was mainly comprised of Italian and Jewish immigrants. The prevalence of Italian immigrants cemented the area as a landmark for its Italian American community, cuisine, and businesses.
Today, the neighborhood is a tourist destination both for its place in American history as well as its contemporary Italian American culture, such as summer festivals honoring patron saints of Italian cities. North Square is a much-loved open space nestled amongst tight cobble-stoned streets and three/four-story brick buildings. Closely adjacent to the Mariner’s House, an inn reserved exclusively for the men and women who worked at sea, the Paul Revere House, Rachel Revere Park, and the Sacred Heart Church, the Square’s boundaries are marked by heavy black maritime chains.
In 2017, North Square will undergo a revitalization project by the Boston Public Works Department. Designed to build on its identity as a cultural destination and making the space accessible to all, the completed project will be a livable, walkable, green and sustainable square.
The community would be open to proposals that include a central object, artistic street furniture, or the incorporation of artistic elements into other aspect of the square, such as paving, benches, planters, lighting, a pergola, or other infrastructure. Although history is integral to the site, proposals that balance historic references and context with a more contemporary perspective are also encouraged. These proposals may choose to respond to the urban design character of the space or the neighborhood’s dynamic identity.
Does the Artist state a compelling proposal for the project?
Does the Artist’s vision for the project respond to the community’s values and project context?
Does the Artist’s vision for the project respond to the Boston Art Commission’s Criteria for Excellence?
The Boston Art Commission’s Criteria for Excellence promotes innovative and transformative artworks that:
Qualifications of the Artist
Download full RFP details and application instructions here.
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