Pepco Seeks Artist for Public Art at New Substation

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Pepco Seeks Artist for Public Art at New Substation



The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in partnership with Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), is seeking professional qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication and installation of a permanent work of public art for the new Pepco electrical substation coming to the Buzzard Point area in Southwest Washington, DC.

The total project budget for the selected commission is $250,000.

Buzzard Point, located on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, is on the verge of transforming from a bare, industrial area into a vibrant, mixed-used neighborhood anchored by a planned DC United Soccer Stadium. Pepco is creating the Waterfront Substation to support existing customers and forthcoming development efforts in the Capitol Riverfront and Southwest Waterfront areas. To enhance the new substation and contribute to a future dynamic neighborhood, DCCAH and Pepco are seeking to commission a work of public art that achieves the following goals:

  • Activate the Pepco Waterfront Substation plaza space with an iconic, large-scale installation.
  • Create a gateway element for the area, which will serve as a major thoroughfare with the forthcoming DC United Soccer Stadium.
  • Contribute to an inviting community space with engaging public art to promote communal activities and walkability in the neighborhood.
  • Activate a project site identified as an economic development core focus area by the DC Office of Planning.Address themes of technology, power, energy, sports and/or athletics.

The proposed artwork will be sited at the corner plaza area at 1st and R Streets, SW, providing a 20ft x 20ft footprint.

This RFQ is open to all professional artists and teams residing in the United States. DC-based artists and teams will be given preference in the instance of identical scoring with a nationally based artist or team.

Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to create site specific concept proposals.  Each artist/artist team will be paid a $2,000 design proposal stipend. 

Preliminary schedule:

  • May 5, 2016, 5:00 PM EST Application Deadline
  • May 19 , 2016 Panel to select three-five (3-5) Semi-Finalists
  • May 20, 2016 Semi-Finalists notified; compliance documents submittal
  • May 20—June 8, 2016 Semi-finalists independent site visits
  • June 16, 2016 Site Specific Proposals Due (2-d renderings and/or 3-d models are mandatory)
  • June 24, 2016 Community and stakeholder presentations; art selection panel presentations to select artist
  • June 27, 2016 Selected artist notified
  • July 2016 Grant executed, proposal submitted to CFA and DDOT public space review; permitting process begins, phase 1 fabrication begins
  • August 2016 – May 2017 Artwork fabrication
  • Summer 2017 Artwork Installation
  • Fall 2017 Artwork Dedication

Please read the full RFQ document, located here.

Interested applicants may submit their application through DCCAH’s online portal:


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