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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) & Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners (JLREP) are soliciting qualifications from accomplished artists or artist teams to create a site-specific public artwork for the entry lobby of the new WMATA Regional Headquarters Facility.
BUDGET: $150,000 or $300,000 depending on location
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists
DEADLINE: July 3, 2020
The WMATA 300 7th Street SW building is an 11-story headquarters facility that will consolidate several departments of the Authority. It will foster a culture that is safety-focused, customer-centric and technology-enabled, and create a rich, immersive employee experience. The building will feel welcoming, open and accessible, and the building’s entry lobby is a light-filled, double-height space wrapping the southwest corner of the building.
Parameters and Goals
The Authority has a history of, and an expectation for design excellence, and, through its Art in Transit Program, has been working to obtain unique, memorable, and engaging site-specific, public artworks. The Artist or Artist teams shall develop aesthetically attractive public artworks that capture the Authority’s mission and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities. Consideration shall be given to creative uses of materials, massing, scale, form, texture, and detailing. Artworks shall be visually attractive, innovative, as well as durable. The selected site-specific artworks should impart a sense of pride within the local community and provide a stimulating and attractive environment for the people who will experience the artworks daily.
Selected finalists will be asked to consider the following principles when developing their design:
Each RFQ submission will be reviewed and evaluated individually by the Artist Selection Panel in accordance with the procedures and criteria highlighted in this RFQ. Qualifications will be evaluated by their strengths, weaknesses, and deficiencies against the evaluation factors and these attributes will be
communicated to the Applicants for follow-up action as appropriate. The Applicants shall describe in detail the means and methods of prosecuting the work described in this Statement of Qualifications.
The Artist Selection Panel will be using the following criteria to evaluate each artist/artist’s team submission during stage 1 and stage 2 of the selection process:
In addition to the above criteria, the Artist Selection Panel will consider the following when ranking the finalists during stage 2 of the selection process:
What to Submit
(no information provided)
How to Submit
STAGE 1 PROPOSALS MAY BE SUBMITTED DIGITALLY TO: WMATAPlazaHQ@jairlynch.com OR MAY BE SUBMITTED IN HARD COPY TO:
Public Art Project, WMATA L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC
c/o Lynch Development Partners
1400 16th street NW
Washington, DC 20036
QUESTIONS? Questions may be submitted to: WMATAPlazaHQ@jairlynch.com
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