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The Science Museum of Virginia [Museum], located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, USA is seeking requests for preliminary proposals from a qualified individual artist and/or artist teams to design an original, large-scale iconic
exterior artwork reflecting the theme of science and the Museum’s mission. The artwork should complement the museum’s beautiful architecture and landscape. This public artwork will serve as a new destination point and source of inspiration for Museum guests, the Richmond community, and tourists alike.
Budget: up to $1,000,000
Eligibility: Professional artists over 18 (additional experience requirements apply, see below)
Deadline: 10/18/2019 11:00 PM Central Time
*NOTE: This process requires the submission of a design concept with renderings as part of the application, without prior negotiation or compensation.
Broad Street Station has been the home of the Science Museum of Virginia [the Museum], for the past 40 years. Broad Street Station (Union Station) was the only railroad station designed by American architect, John Russell Pope. Pope’s other notable designs include the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art—West Building located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
As a catalyst for inspiration, a place that sparks curiosity, encourages discovery and presents ideas through the lens of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the Museum inspires hundreds of thousands of guests each year to enrich their lives through science.
A wide variety of materials for this sculpture will be considered including ISO metals and other durable, low-maintenance materials. The artwork must be visually engaging during both daytime and nighttime hours. The design must be a free-standing sculpture, ideally with integrated and/or accessory lighting, decorative pavers, aggregate, stained concrete or other ground design elements that will further accentuate the sculpture. The maximum desired height for the final sculpture is 40 feet from the ground (inclusive of the installation base) and viewable from 360 degrees. The plaza shown on the Master plan is approximately 55’ x 80’. The artwork should be bound by a cubic space of 50’x50’x40’. All proposed work must be designed to meet ADA accessibility, ASTM International/International Organization for Standardization, and meet structural code requirements. The artwork must also withstand an outdoor, unmonitored, high traffic environment, and must require only minimal maintenance throughout its minimum lifespan of 75 years.
Subject matter should:
Lead artist must have a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated professional public art experience (not student work) and must have examples of previous experience with large-scale outdoor sculpture or sculptural installation projects with budgets over $500,000 each.
* Timeline is subject to change based on final design, artist availability, and project details.
The Museum will choose three (3) finalists from the submissions received. Each of the three finalists or team of finalists will be offered a small stipend to produce a refined viable design proposal which must include: an outline of the scope of work, materials plan, installation plan, long-term maintenance plan, and budget. The Museum reserves the right to negotiate any of the terms of the refined proposals in consideration. Example: price, design, the scale of artwork, etc.. Revisions/changes will be negotiated until all terms are agreeable to both parties.
What to Submit
How to Submit
Prepare the above information as a single zipped file no more than 25MB in size. Name the file as follows: Last name_First Name_calltoartists2019.zip (IE: Smith_John_ calltoartists2019.zip) Send the zipped file to https://www.dropbox.com/request/WxcUGoA2ZbCklDbWQJJD
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