Cortex is interested in commissioning an artist to create an iconic artwork for an important and visible new parking facility in the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis, Missouri.
Eligibility: (none specified)
Deadline: February 28, 2019
ABOUT THE CORTEX INNOVATION COMMUNITY
The Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district in the heart of St. Louis City. It sits between St. Louis’ Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods and is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers, cultural assets, historic neighborhoods, and public spaces, including the Grand Center Arts District, Forest Park, and the Grove. The complete Cortex development plan includes support for $2.3 billion of development: 4.5 million square feet of mixed-use buildings (research, office, clinical, residential, hotel, and retail), as well as a MetroLink light-rail station, a publicly-accessible park, and 15,000 permanent technology-related jobs for the St. Louis region. Currently, over 390 companies call the Cortex Innovation Community home. The Community is an open place for big thinkers and risk takers, home to tech startups, manufacturers, corporate research and development teams, nonprofit organizations, and local restaurants, as well as entrepreneurs, artists, designers, side-hustlers, researchers, chefs, and students — anyone who wants to build a product, grow a business, throw a party, or make connections.
Cortex is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that oversees development of the Cortex Innovation Community, founded by Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri – St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Cortex staff and leadership are committed to creating a community in which everyone has access to office space, capital investment, business education, mentoring, and community events. We are building a dynamic, 24/7 neighborhood of restaurants, nightlife, shops green spaces, and apartments. Cortex is committed to fostering an innovation community in which the benefits of new company formation, capital investment, job creation and wealth generation extend to all. We work closely with our District innovation centers, founding partners, and other entrepreneur support organizations across the region to create and strengthen that community. We recognize that we are part of a larger movement for inclusive economic transformation of the St. Louis region.
ART PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Cortex Parking Garage is currently under construction. It is located in the center of the Cortex Innovation Community to the east of the 4220 Duncan building. The south façade of the garage will face the future Chouteau Greenway urban trail and a recently opened MetroLink light rail station.
Phase 1 of the garage will have five levels made up of three bays that together are 179 feet long. The construction of Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in May 2019. A future expansion of the garage to the east would add another two to three bays and five to six levels. While the artwork installation for Phase 2 of the garage will not occur within the current timeline, finalists will create a design for both portions of the structure.
The new artwork on the south façade of the parking garage will be viewed by those entering and exiting the garage and will be highly visible to both MetroLink riders and passersby on the Chouteau Greenway. The artwork will also be visible to pedestrians and drivers from many other vantage points throughout the area and from nearby structures.
The artwork should make use of the design of the structure in creating a site-specific piece. Proposals are not requested at this time, but finalists selected to develop a proposal will need to work within the technical constraints of the garage design, phased construction schedule and consideration of additional areas of the garage in their design. Completed artwork should be permanent or semi-permanent with a minimum longevity of ten years. Minimal additional weight can be added to the structure of the garage and the artwork must not hinder air flow through garage openings. A painted mural, graphic treatment, or lightweight attachments to the garage face would be possible. Electricity can be made available. Finalists will be free to explore creative solutions in their concept proposals within the technical constraints.
Finalists’ concept proposals will address both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the garage construction. Because the Phase 1 artwork will be completed before the construction of Phase 2, the first phase of artwork must be both independent and complementary with the design of Phase 2. Finalists have the option to include the south stair concrete element in the scope of their design. The selected artist will also be consulted in selecting a complimentary color treatment for the west façade and northwest stair concrete element and elevator shaft.
ART PROJECT GOALS
The project should achieve the following goals:Build on the image of Cortex as a premier national and international innovation hub.
ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS
Artist submissions will be reviewed by an Artist Selection Panel (ASP), made up of regional curators, arts leadership and design professionals from the St. Louis community, as well as Cortex stakeholders. The ASP will select up to three (3) finalists to develop and present concept proposals. Finalists will receive a stipend of $5000 to participate in the concept proposal process, which will include touring Cortex and meeting community members prior to developing a proposal, and to present their proposal. Proposals will include renderings and a short narrative description addressing both Phase 1 and Phase 2, as well as a preliminary budget and timeline for completing Phase 1. Finalists will return to St. Louis to present their concept proposals directly to the ASP in person and to present their design at a Venture Café Gathering, which is open to the public. Feedback from attendees of this presentation will be shared with the ASP. The ASP will recommend a final artist/design for the project. Finalist artists living more than 100 miles from Cortex will be paid an additional amount up to $2000 for travel and lodging expenses in St. Louis for visits during the selection process, including the finalists’ introduction to Cortex and the presentation of the concept proposal.
FINALIST SELECTION CRITERIA
The following criteria will be used by the Artist Selection Panel to select up to three (3) finalists. Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work and submitted materials.
SELECTED ARTIST’S ANTICIPATED SCOPE OF WORK
The selected artist’s responsibilities will be to:
HOW TO SUBMIT
To apply, complete the CaFE application called “Cortex Garage Artwork”. CaFE is free to use and there is no entry fee for this call. Follow the instructions for submission, upload the required images and files, and submit. For technical questions about CaFE, please click on “Help” on the CaFE website.
You will be required to submit the following:
PLEASE DO NOT SEND SPECIFIC PROPOSALS AT THIS TIME.
QUESTIONS? Submit questions about this call by 4:00 p.m. CST on February 18, 2019 to Angie Villa, firstname.lastname@example.org Responses to questions will be posted at https://cortexstl.com/ by 4:00 p.m. CST on February 20, 2019.
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