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The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the San Francisco International Airport Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Atrium Public Art Project.
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists residing in the United States
DEADLINE: June 1, 2020
San Francisco International Airport is currently carrying out a replacement terminal and concourse for Terminal 1 (T1). In 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance re-naming the terminal as Harvey Milk Terminal 1 in honor of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk (1930 – 1978). Supervisor Milk was the first openly gay official elected in California. Tragically, he and Mayor George Moscone, were assassinated while in office. In 2009, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was posthumously awarded to Milk.
In addition to naming of the terminal in Milk’s honor, three art installations are planned that will celebrate Harvey Milk’s legacy. Two of these are already underway: a neon artwork by Andrea Bowers at the Arrivals underpass that incorporates quotes from Harvey Milk, and a photo gallery documenting the life and times of Harvey Milk curated by SFO Museums. This RFQ is for the third major opportunity in Harvey Milk Terminal 1 to create an artwork inspired by Harvey Milk’s legacy.
As passengers off board flights and exit the terminal at the Arrivals level, there is a three-story atrium with escalators to baggage claim and ground transportation. This area is pre-security and is primarily used by passengers exiting the terminal, and those coming to meet them. The location of the artwork is in the center of the northern end of the terminal pre-security lobby. As such, it will be a landmark that will assist in way-finding and establishing a visual identity for the lobby,
The artwork at this site will be a mural treatment of the walls that traverse the two-level atrium (approximately 2,370 square feet of wall space), with the possibility of extending the artwork to the columns and other surrounding areas.
The goal of the artwork is to create an artwork that is inspired by the lasting impact of Harvey Milk’s legacy. While the other two art experiences in the terminal deal directly with Milk’s life, this artwork may find its inspiration in Milk’s ongoing legacy on the LGBTQ community and society at large.
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What to Submit
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How to Submit
Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed or hand-delivered will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted after the June 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (PST) deadline.
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