Duke Realty Seeks Public Art for New Headquarters

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Duke Realty Seeks Public Art for New Headquarters




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.

BUDGET:  $50,000

ELIGIBILITY:  Experienced, professional artists living in the United States

DEADLINE:  October 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern


  • Complete the required application form online here.
  • Download project drawings and images here.
  • Download the full RFQ document here.

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.

Site Information

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.

Project Timeline

This timeline represents the project as it now appears.  Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.

  • August 29, 2018 – Release Request for Qualifications
  • October 12, 2018 – CD application packages due to the Arts Council of Indianapolis:  see below under “How to Submit” for details.
  • October 14, 2018 – Online artist qualification packages due to the Arts Council of Indianapolis:  see below under “How to Submit” for details.
  • Week of November 1, 2018 – Artist submissions reviewed
  • By November 30, 2018 – Finalist artist notified and contracted
  • January 15, 2019 – Preliminary concept due to Duke Realty
  • By February 28, 2019 – Concept approved by Duke Realty
  • By March 31, 2019 – Public Art Plan submitted to Public Art for Neighborhoods Steering Committee
  • Mid-April, 2019 – Public Art Plan approved
  • May – September 2019 – Fabrication of approved artwork
  • Fall 2019 (TBD) – On-site installation of completed artwork
  • Early 2020 – Owner occupation of new facility

Selection Process

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.

Selection Criteria

The finalist artist will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality:  artist’s submission displays a record of appropriate, yet innovative, concepts brought to a site or project, and documents creative and stylistically distinctive solutions to design and site issues
  • Aesthetic sensibility:  artist’s work displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for this project
  • Technical ability:  artist’s submission indicates skill with materials and techniques similar to those that would be required for this project
  • Experience:  artist’s submission has indicated familiarity with clients and conditions similar to those that would be used on this project, or has demonstrated the ability on past projects to quickly acquire the skills needed to be successful on a project similar to this one
  • Process:  artist’s submission indicate that the working relationship will be productive and the completed project will successfully meet the challenges particular to the site and overall initiative in a timely manner, including successfully completing all documentation and managing the given project budget

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.

  1. Applicant Information: Complete the form located at https://goo.gl/forms/1zwywccHr6vsPfgU2 and click “Submit Form.” No need to print or download!
  2. Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 4 typed pages; include the names of at least 3 professional references with full contact information.  Submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  3. Samples of Previous Work: List and Images
  • Previous Work Sample Images  (maximum 20 images including alternate views or details of the same artwork): Submitted images must be digital in JPEG format, minimum size 4” x 6” and minimum resolution of 72 dpi. Do not submit your images embedded in a document! Submit images of artwork that best represent your experience, style, and ability as they apply to this project. You may also submit images of any other work (large-scale or otherwise) that best represents your style and production over the past 5 years. Name your submitted digital files according to the following format: FirstLast_01.jpg, FirstLast_02.jpg, etc.  (EXAMPLE:  JaneSmith_01.jpg, JaneSmith_02.jpg, etc.)  If some images are alternate views or details of the same artwork, number and submit them sequentially with the overall view first, followed by alternate views and then detail images. All images should be professional quality. If you need a referral to a professional photographer who specializes in working with artists, please email llord@indyarts.org
  • Previous Work Sample List (typed and provided digitally in .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx or .pdf format): The work sample list should provide as much information about each of the submitted projects as possible.  Include at minimum (in this order) the name/title of piece, client if applicable, location, medium, process, dimensions, year completed, budget and a description of the concept or site challenge along with how you solved it. Organize the list numerically according to the names of the images, starting with the one you identified as 01. Make sure your name and contact information appears at the top of the list.

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.

  • Burn the information to a single CD and mail or deliver it to the Arts Council of Indianapolis.  The CD must be received at the Arts Council by 5:00pm (Eastern) on FRIDAY, October 12, 2018. CD Submissions MUST be delivered or mailed to:

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.


  • Upload the information to your Dropbox and send a sharing link to jmoore@indyarts.org.  The email containing the sharing link must be date-stamped by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, October 14, 2018.


  • Upload the information to WeTransfer (http://www.WeTransfer.com) and direct it to jmoore@indyarts.org  The system-generated email containing a link back to WeTransfer must be date-stamped by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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:  jmoore@indyarts.org or (317) 631-3301 x240

For more information about the Arts Council of Indianapolis, please visit www.indyarts.org.


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