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Moscone Center Park Bridge Seeks Sculpture Artists

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Moscone Center, San Francisco’s premier meeting and exhibition facility, is located in the city’s arts and culture district. Nearby institutions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of the African Diaspora, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the future Mexican Museum. The area is also a dense residential neighborhood. The Moscone and Yerba Buena complex features two large gardens connected by a raised pedestrian bridge across Howard Street, the busy thoroughfare bisecting the convention campus. Both Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Gardens house a large collection of public art, including works by Keith Haring, Stephen deStaebler, Viola Frey, Jim Dine, Terry Allen, and John Roloff, and will include future work by Roxy Paine, Leo Villareal and Christine Corday.

The expansion project seeks to create an iconic public realm that increases Moscone’s civic presence, connecting it to the surrounding parks and neighborhood. As such, the project will replace the existing pedestrian bridge across Howard Street at Fourth Street with an expanded Park Bridge that will include landscaping and sculpture. 

ART OPPORTUNITY

Several sculptures may be sited along the length of the Park Bridge spanning Howard Street and connecting Yerba Buena Gardens’ Esplanade to its Children’s Garden. The sculpture(s) can be a singular or serial experience and may consist of distinct artworks acquired from different artists or a series of related work by a single artist. The project team will work with the artist(s) to finalize the bridge’s landscape and hardscape elements once the sculptures are selected. 

PROJECT BUDGET:   $400,000

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS

Professional, practicing artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply by submitting documentation (images and price) of available sculpture or a portfolio of past work representative of the scale and price of a new sculpture to be considered for this opportunity. Artists’ agents or galleries may submit on an artist’s behalf upon agreement by the artist.

Artist Qualification Panel: After the application deadline the applications will be reviewed by an Artist Qualification Panel to select a short list of qualified candidates to forward to the Artist Selection Panel for further review.

Artist Selection Panel: The list of qualified candidates will be presented to a selection panel. The panel will identify finalists (up to three finalists) who will be invited to propose available artwork for sale or to develop a conceptual proposal specific to the site. Finalists will be asked to participate in an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders.

Proposal Development Display: The finalists’ proposals will be on display for public comment near the project site and on the SFAC website prior to the final selection panel meeting.

Final Selection: The Moscone Expansion Project selection panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ proposals in an interview format and will select the artwork or proposals for the project for recommendation to the Arts Commission.

ARTIST SELECTION TIMELINE (dates subject to change)

RFQ/RFP Issued                                                              March 29, 2016

RFQ/RFP Deadline                                                           April 29, 2016

Qualification Panel                                                           Early May, 2016

First Artist Selection Panel                                               May, 2016

Finalists’ Site Visit/Orientation                                          June, 2016

Finalists’ Proposals due                                                   July, 2016

Public Display of Proposals                                              July, 2016

Final Artist Selection Panel                                              August, 2016

VAC Approval of Artists/Proposals                                   August 17, 2016

Arts Commission Approval                                               September 6, 2016

Artist under Contract                                                        September, 2016

TO APPLY

All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom (https://sfgov.slideroom.com) by Friday, April 29, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Please review the full Request for Qualifications for complete project and application information.

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