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Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Seeks Artist to Commission for Public Art

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Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Seeks Artist to Commission for Public Art


The City of Redondo Beach, California, Public Art Program announces a request for proposals for a new public art commission for exterior public art to be installed on the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA.

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center (RBPAC) is the cultural destination for the South Bay. A state-of-the-art facility, remodeled in 2003, is home to a myriad of community- and privately-produced concerts, performances and special events.  Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the crown jewel of the South Bay arts scene. Originally a high school auditorium, the 1,453-seat theater is home to prestigious presenters in musical theater, dance, speaker series, concerts and more.

This is a Request for Proposals.  To be considered, artists must provide designs without prior compensation.

Eligibility: This RFP is issued for any artist located in the continental United States.  Artists are allowed to apply in teams.  Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

Budget:  $200,000, inclusive of all artist’s costs, including transportation, installation, necessary permitting and engineering, lighting, and fabrication.

Project Description

The proposed public art location is the west-facing exterior wall of the building. One (1) to three (3) artwork(s) appropriate to scale for the location. This wall faces west towards Manhattan Beach Blvd. and borders the primary vehicle and pedestrian entry to the facility and Aviation Park. Each of the three available wall sections are 26 feet in height and 21 feet in width on average. Each of the wall’s three sections are separated by intermediate columns that are 18 inches wide. The total available surface area for the proposed artwork(s) measures 26 feet in height and 66 feet in width. The incline slope of the wall from its base to its top is approximately 2 feet. The surface of the wall is plastic formed concrete, resulting in a coarse surface. The depth of the concrete wall is approximately 9 inches thick. Artists selected for this commission can be provided copies of construction drawings for the purpose of preparing required engineering calculations, plans and specifications for the project.

Design, imagery, and material choices that are compelling, family-friendly, of exceptional durability, of enduring value and maintenance, and appropriate to the site will be given preference. The medium must use materials that fulfill the requirements for durability and safety. Water may not be used as a component of the artwork. The location of the Performing Arts Center is 2.1 miles from the ocean and is subject to a marine climate.

Selection Process
Following the close of the submission deadline on September 7, 2016, all proposals will be reviewed by City staff. Following staff review, all responsible proposals will be reviewed by the Public Art Commission at their meeting on September 28, 2016. Artists may attend the Public Art Commission meeting to present their proposals. Subject to requested revisions by staff and/or the Public Art Commission, the recommended artist/proposal would then be presented to any relevant City Commission and ultimately be presented for final approval to the City Council.

How to Apply

Required materials:

  • Biography
  • Resume: 1 page maximum
  • Proposal: see below
  • Artist Statement: 300-word maximum
  • Letter of Interest: 300-word maximum

For the proposal, artists must submit a color rendering of the proposed exterior public artwork, a detailed budget for the project, a construction and installation timeline, and any potential design, construction and installation notes, including material(s), palette, scale, required footings, pads, electrical service, security, and approximate weight when installed (or during installation).

Artists must also submit information on the environmental sustainability of any artworks, including as a result of human interaction.

If selected, artists will be responsible for providing proper engineering stamps and calculations.

Send applications by land mail or email/file sharing to:

Rachel Scandling, Cultural Arts Manager
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90278

Up to 4 MBs can be sent as email attachments to the email address above.

Please review the full RFP for complete project, site and application information.

Questions?  Email Rachel Scandling at



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