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Port Everglades Seeks Public Art for New Garage Structure

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Port Everglades Seeks Public Art for New Garage Structure




In partnership with Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida, Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate, and install artwork at the new Port Everglades Palm Garage located at the intersection of Eisenhower Boulevard and SW 20th Street, Fort Lauderdale. Opportunities exist on the building’s exterior facade. Additional opportunities may be identified in collaboration with the design team. The artwork’s design shall contribute to the Port’s visual branding theme of the Everglades and resolve to establish an artistic sense of place for Port Everglades visitors.

Budget:  $320,000

Deadline:  January 3, 2018

Eligibility:  Professional artists eighteen years of age or older, residing in the United States, who have not been previously selected for a Broward County project in the past 10 years, and have demonstrated experience managing projects with a budget of $25,000 or more.

Port Everglades Department and the Palm Garage

Port Everglades, located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.8 million passengers in fiscal year 2016. Eleven cruise lines, one ferry service and more than 40 cruise ships sail from Port Everglades. This Call to Artists relates to a new $60M parking structure with adjacent roadway improvements designed to serve Cruise Terminal (CT) 2 & Cruise Terminal (CT) 4. Designated as the “Palm Garage”, the structure will be located at the entryway to Port Everglades on Eisenhower Boulevard. The six-story, 2400-space garage will feature an enclosed, air conditioned moving sidewalk for the enclosed pedestrian connection bridge between the new garage and Cruise Terminal 2. Cruise Terminals 2 and 4 are the preferential homes for Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise vacation group in the world. Carnival expects to welcome 25.5 million Carnival-brand cruise guests sailing to and from Broward County’s Port Everglades over the next 15 years.

Project Description

A variety of media may be considered for this project. The artwork could be sculptural in nature and may be of a monumental scale. An Artist Information Meeting will be scheduled by the County for the shortlisted artists to discuss possible artwork opportunities in consultation with Port Everglades’ staff. The shortlisted artists will receive additional information about the project including maps, photos, and architectural drawings of the Palm Garage’s approved design. Primary artwork opportunities may be located on the five-story exterior facade that visually and physically connects the north and west elevations of the building. Shortlisted artists shall coordinate proposed artwork(s) location(s), with major architectural or engineering interface, such as any structural support, proposed anchoring methods, building configuration modification, if applicable, electrical service such as power or lighting, with the Palm Garage Design Team. The artwork must comply with various security and operational requirements inherent with port’s facilities and parking garages.

Project Design Parameters

This public art project must meet Florida Building Code requirements and the installation of the artwork must not damage existing structures or Port property. The selected artist shall hire a Florida-licensed structural engineer and should rely on their expertise for this project, as needed. The selected artist shall also collaborate with the project’s engineer.

Art Project Budget

The total budget established for this project shall not exceed $320,000. The budget may be divided between multiple projects. The budget must include Artist’s design fee, presentation expenses, artwork fabrication, artwork delivery, artwork installation, insurance, travel, Artist’s contingency, and all applicable taxes. The budget shall also include collaboration via phone or in person, and meetings with County agencies, Florida-licensed structural engineer, general contractor, and engineers needed to prepare the construction documents or permit drawings, as needed.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) will review the applications. This Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, and an agency and community representative. The Panel shall review the applicants and select a shortlist of finalists on the basis of the excellence of previous work of similar scope, as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials. The Panel will also consider the versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the shortlisted Artists have demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of this project.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to develop conceptual design proposals to present in person or by videoconference to the Artist Selection Panel. Finalists will receive more information about the project and have one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Panel. Finalists will be paid a $2,000 honorarium for the proposal, travel, and presentation expenses. Finalists’ proposals must include a written narrative, estimated project budget, and visual materials (optional models) necessary to convey the initial concept or approach to the project.

Anticipated Art Project Schedule

  • Selection of Finalists for Call to Artists: January 2018
  • Finalists Interviews, and Artist Selection: February 2018
  • Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD, as coordinated with Port Everglades

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted via the CaFE website: and must include:

  • Professional Résumé – Include public art commissions with contact information for Project Manager or Program Director and budget size of past projects.
  • Electronic Images – Submit 10 digital images of most recent relevant work in one PDF document format. All images must be saved using a file name and number that corresponds to the Annotated Image List (see below). Each digital image must feature a single work. Composites of various artworks in a single image will not be considered.
  • Annotated Image List – Include name of artist, title of work, year, media, size, and location of artwork and/or project, project budget, image number, image thumbnail and any other relevant information.

Questions?  Contact: Dominique Denis, Public Art & Design Project Manager, (954) 357-7236, email


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