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The City of Columbus (Ohio) is seeking an artist or artist team for the design, fabrication, and installation of a permanent work(s) of public art on High Street between Goodale Street and 9th Avenue. The artist(s) selected for the commission will conceptualize and develop appropriate designs for proposed project elements. The artist(s) will work in collaboration with the City of Columbus Public Art Coordinator and members of the Art on High team.
BUDGET: $420,000 (for up to two projects)
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists in all visual art media
DEADLINE: July 9, 2018
The High Street Streetscape Improvements Project is a $25,000,000.00 capital improvements project that will transform one of the busiest sections of the most traveled corridor in Columbus. It will significantly enhance pedestrian safety while also beautifying the area by undergrounding overhead utilities, increasing sidewalk widths, standardizing streetscape elements, upgrading lighting, adding marked crosswalks and curb extensions, improving storm water management and adding new street trees. For more information on the High Street Streetscape Project, visit: https://www.columbus.gov/highstreet/
Art on High offers an opportunity to create public art within the Short North Arts District and portions of the University District — areas of the city known for their support of the arts, creativity, and vigorous community engagement. At least one but not more than two projects may be commissioned through this open call.
The CIty of Columbus is seeking to create signature artwork(s) for the project area. We want to celebrate this dynamic location, at the confluence of the Short North neighborhoods and the southern University District, with a work that inspires people to come together. Key inspiration for the project include elements of High Street’s history, ethos, present dynamics, and future potential. We hope the art will serve as a transformative element of the High Street Streetscape project, and set a standard of excellence and inspiration for future works of public art in Columbus.
Through the community engagement efforts of Art on High, the community developed eight value statements that should be considered in developing work(s) for High Street. These characteristics ensure alignment with community priorities.
Proposed Timeline *This timeline is subject to change.
Finalist Selection Criteria
Finalists will be selected by demonstrating the following, with each criteria weighted as indicated:
Artistic Excellence (60%): The aesthetic significance and quality of the artwork, including the artworks transformative and distinctive qualities. Does the artist’s past work show a consistent exploration of ideas and concepts that are engaging and evolving? Does the artist have a distinctive vision?
Is the artist a professional working artist with an exhibition record, and/or work that has been reviewed, critiqued and acknowledged by the visual art community?
Collaboration and Communication (20%): Experience and ability to work and collaborate with design professionals, engineers, community leaders, and artists. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to collaborate and work with a team. Willingness to become familiar with the community.
Project Management (20%): Experience and ability to research client need and propose an appropriate design; Ability to attend either in person, or via electronic connection, frequent project meetings. Ability to access appropriate resources when necessary. Ability to develop an appropriate and realistic budget. Ability to supply realistic quotes for fabrication. Ability to complete projects on time and within budget. Does the artist have the experience within and can the artist manage the established budget? Can the artist provide a 10 year maintenance plan for the work(s)?
RFQ Submission Process
There is no submission fee. Submissions must be made on-line through CodaWorx, an easy to use application. Application information is found at https://www.codaworx.com//rfp-toolkit/ rfp/rfq-art-on-high. Among the items you will need to include in the online application are the following:
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