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Pasadena Seeks Artist for Power Plant Public Art

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Pasadena Seeks Artist for Power Plant Public Art


The City of Pasadena is pleased to announce a major public art opportunity.  The Cultural Affairs Division of the Planning & Community Development Department seeks qualifications from US-based artists and artist/design collectives to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, public art project using light, color, data and/or motion at the Glenarm Power Plant. The design must align with the City’s Public Art Master Plan which envisions the Power Plant Public Art Project to be a significant gateway to the City of Pasadena.

Public art at the Glenarm Power Plant is envisioned to be an iconic and innovative gateway for Pasadena. The project should be experiential, dynamic and inspiring, making a strong visible statement about the City’s role as a leader in art, science and technology. It will be seen day and night and may explore themes of energy, water and sustainability.

The deadline to submit questions related to this RFQ is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 prior to 12:00 p.m. (noon).  Any questions submitted after the date and time specified will not be considered.  Questions shall be in written format and be submitted ONLY via e-mail to

The City is hosting a community meeting to review the RFQ at Art Center College of Design, located at 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Visit for more information. Attendance is not required to be eligible to respond to this RFQ.


The total artwork budget for this project is $765,000 including:

·       Up to four selected proposers will be paid $5,000 each to prepare conceptual design proposals for review.

·       Project Construction and Installation. $745,000 including a 10% contingency, further conceptual design, schematic and final design, working documents, oversight of fabrication and installation. Selected artist will be required to participate in up to three public meetings, and to collaborate with City staff from the Cultural Affairs Division and Department of Water and Power to ensure that the proposed artwork meets safety standards and can be easily maintained.


  • Artists must be eligible to work in the United States and have a valid U.S. Social Security or Tax Identification Number by the application deadline.
  • Open to all United States-based (live or work) artists or arts/design collaboratives. Proof of eligibility can include but is not limited to: driver’s license, passport, or utility bill provided as a pdf with proposal submission.



Deadline:  All submissions are due by 10:59 p.m. PST on Monday, March 6, 2017 
Please note that the following timeline is projected and is subject to change:

  • Week of March 20, 2017:  Selection Panel Review: up to four Finalist Artists selected and informed
  • Week of April 3, 2017:  Finalist Artists Site Visits
  • Week of May 1, 2017:  Finalist Artists Presentations and Designs Submitted
  • Week of May 15, 2017:  Selected Project Artist Award reviewed for recommendation to City Council for approval by the Arts and Culture Commission
  • July, 2017:  City Council review for approval of Selected Project Artist Award
  • August, 2017:  Approved Artist Project Contract issued, design development begins
  • Project Completion:  August, 2018


Download the complete Request for Qualifications here.

How to Apply

Apply online only through the CaFE system.  It is free to register for a CaFE account and free to apply to this call.

QUESTIONS?  contact the Cultural Affairs Administrator, Phone: (626) 744-7062  Email: