The Arts Council of Indianapolis, on behalf of Duke Realty and through the Public Art for Neighborhoods Program, is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams who are interested in creating outdoor public artwork for the indicated site. This RFQ is an open call to experienced artists. Artists living in or near Marion County, Indiana are strongly encouraged to apply.
ELIGIBILITY: Experienced, professional artists living in the United States
DEADLINE: October 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty is an Indianapolis-based owner, developer, builder, and manager of industrial properties consisting of approximately 149 million rentable square feet of assets in 20 key U.S. logistics markets. Duke Realty is publicly traded real estate investment trust on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P 500. Founded in 1972, Duke owns and develops state-of-the-art bulk warehouses and modern, efficient distribution centers, serving the warehousing, e-commerce, logistics, and supply chain industries.
About the Project
Duke Realty is redeveloping the site at 8711 River Crossing Blvd. into its new, modern-design national headquarters building. The four-story, 78,000 square foot building will be co-owned by Indianapolis-based PK Partners LLC, with Duke occupying 94% of the facility as the tenant. The remainder of the facility will house a unique 4,200 square foot restaurant/bar. The building will incorporate environmental sustainability in its design and should receive a LEED Silver rating. The building will have 5 balconies and a large patio near the lake. Visitors will be able to access the main lobby, the restaurant, and the areas immediately surrounding the building (including the waterfront trail) without requiring an appointment, security badge, or escort.
The project site is located in “Keystone at the Crossing,” a well-established, mixed use development containing extensive retail, office, hotel and restaurant options on Indianapolis’ far northside. The Duke Realty Headquarters building is surrounded on three sides by parking or roadway surfaces, and on one side by a landscaped garden and lawn bordering a large artificial lake. There is a one-mile, publicly accessible walking path along the lake edge. Public art for this site may engage with the water in the lake.
The selected artist may choose to engage any area of the site, keeping in mind that the purpose of Public Art for Neighborhoods is to provide a public amenity. Because of the accelerated project timeline, artwork integrated into the building’s structure will not be possible.
Download project drawings and images from this link: https://tinyurl.com/y8klqu9p
The budget for the artwork is $50,000. The selected artist is expected to use this budget for all materials, supplies, travel, lodging, and equipment needed to design, fabricate and install his or her artwork. Excavation, concrete foundation, or base/support may be provided by the construction project depending on the artwork design and placement. The artist will also be required to provide a one-year warranty for the artwork.
This timeline represents the project as it now appears. Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.
No designs are required as part of the artist’s application materials! Applications received in response to this Request for Qualifications will be reviewed by members of the Duke Realty project team along with representatives from the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee and a finalist artist will be recommended. Once identified, the artist will work further with Duke Realty and their design team to propose an artwork concept and create a Public Art Plan, to be reviewed by the Public Art for Neighborhoods Steering Committee. Once approved, the artwork will be fabricated and installed in coordination with Duke Realty.
The Public Art Selection Committee consists of prominent experts in their respective fields and includes artists, arts advocates, curators, administrators, and other arts and community development specialists.
Note: while this is the intended selection process, in the event of an insufficient number of qualified applicants the Arts Council and Duke Realty reserve the right to change the process to a Request for Proposals, to invite an artist to propose, or to directly select an artist or artwork; and also reserve the right to cancel the opportunity entirely at any point and for any reason, as the best interests of the project may dictate.
The finalist artist will be selected based upon the following criteria:
What to Submit
Artists must submit the following information digitally. A complete application consists of ALL of items 1, 2, and 3: incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
How to Submit
You may submit the materials listed in 2. and 3. above in one of the following ways (please choose only one!). Note that the deadlines are different depending on the submission method.
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Attn: Duke Realty Public Art Project
924 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1021
Please note: office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
About Public Art for Neighborhoods
The City of Indianapolis accepts responsibility for expanding the opportunity for its citizens to experience art in, and for the beautification of, public places. The city also recognizes that the inclusion of public art in appropriate locations will promote the cultural heritage and artistic development of the city, enhance the city’s character and identity, contribute to economic development and tourism, improve public safety, add warmth, dignity, beauty and accessibility to public spaces, and expand the experience and participation of citizens with thearts. This recognition led to the development of the Public Art for Neighborhoods Ordinance (Indianapolis-Marion County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 271), which was signed in May 2016.
The Public Art for Neighborhoods Ordinance requires private developers of eligible projects to donate the equivalent of 1% of the value of cash incentives received by the developer to the Public Art for Neighborhoods Fund, or, in lieu of the donation, to commission public art for the project site with a value equal to or greater than the donation requirement. Public art commissioned by developers under this program must be created by a professional artist who is not on the developer’s project design team, and the artwork must be easily accessible to the general public. Artworks commissioned by developers are reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed under the terms of the Public Art for Neighborhoods Ordinance and approved as meeting the requirements of the ordinance.
QUESTIONS? Contact Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis: firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 631-3301 x240
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