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Burning Man Project is pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to create artwork for the City of Mountain View’s Charleston East public plaza — site of the City’s new public park and Google’s new Charleston East campus.
Budget: $500,000 (2 at $250,000 each)
Eligibility: Professional artists, artist teams, designers, architects, landscape architects, and place-keeping experts
Deadline: May 29, 2018
*NOTE: This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application process. Please review the full Request for Qualifications at https://burningman.submittable.com/submit for details.
Charleston East Plaza is currently under construction and due to be completed in early/mid 2020. Burning Man Project is collaborating on the process of community engagement, along with selecting, creating and installing the artworks, as part of its ongoing efforts to promote opportunities for artists to create art and share it with the world.
The project is an exterior art installation that serves as an activation point for the Charleston East plaza site, for the Mountain View community and for the Google campus. Situated at the southeast corner of the campus, Charleston East plaza will serve as a place where the City of Mountain View and Google may host events, performances, and gatherings that bring the community together. Seen as a place to serve the community and generate opportunities for play, Charleston East Plaza is a part of a contiguous set of parks and wetlands that serve the bayshore area.
The artwork should possess the following design attributes:
Other important considerations:
Artwork Details / Requirements: footprint must not exceed 23’4” feet in diameter; artwork will be situated on a paved surface or within landscape
Materials: Seeking both “tech-based interactives” and “noble materials.” Artworks that employ technology – such as digital sensors, computer-controlled lights and images, or robotics – to encourage viewer interaction and involvement with the piece, are encouraged. Artworks made from high quality natural materials that are likely to be hand crafted, such as metal, stone, and wood, are also sought.
Infrastructure: Artwork must include base and/or anchoring element designed to install on a flat surface and anchor into the ground. Artwork design and budget should include any intrinsic lighting. Lighting plan will need to address environmental impact on local bird estuary (details to come at proposal stage). Electrical power and wifi will be available at the artwork sites. Any other special infrastructure needs should be called out in the proposal.
Healthy Materials: All materials in the artwork must be free of Red List ingredients. Helpful starting points for identifying these “healthy materials” include: Declare Database, Cradle2Cradle Database, HPD Repository. Salvaged and recycled materials (as long as they are not primarily made of Red List ingredients) are encouraged.
The Artwork should be designed for the designated locations on the Charleston East plaza. Please review the Location Map in the full RFQ for specific details.
The budget for each Plaza Artwork in this call is $250,000 (two artists will each be awarded $250,000 to complete their projects). Artists, designers, architects or teams invited to submit a full proposal will be required to provide a detailed budget including the cost of labor, materials and logistics for the creation, execution, and installation of the artwork as described above. In some instances, installation assistance may be provided by Google (please articulate any specific requests you may have for equipment or installation support outside of the stated budget parameters).
Artworks will be selected based upon the following criteria:
An artistic vision that:
Evidence of previous works of the highest caliber and effective execution: demonstrated ability to complete work within a specified timeframe and budget
The selection process will consist of four stages:
NOTE: Artists will not be reimbursed for the cost of initial proposals, only for Finalist presentations. Digital documents should be on 8.5 x 11 paper layout.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS
This is an online application process through Submittable. Applicants will be asked to submit the following:
About Burning Man Project
Burning Man Project, a nonprofit organization, produces the annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, and works year-round to extend and facilitate the culture that has grown from the event into the larger world. Burning Man Project provides inspiration, connection, education, and grants to a creative ecosystem of builders, makers, artists, and community leaders. Its work spans six interconnected program areas: Art, Education, Civic Involvement, Culture, Philosophical Center, and Social Enterprise. An ever-growing global network supports and furthers these efforts in 44 U.S. states and 37 countries around the world. The vision of the Burning Man organization is to bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of culture, community and personal engagement.
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