Request for Proposals – Happy Hollow Park Sign/Sculpture Projects
The City of West Lafayette (Indiana) announces an exciting opportunity to create unique public sculptures. In order to create points of interest for the community, surrounding businesses and Purdue University students, staff and faculty, the city’s Public Arts Team, with funding from theWest Lafayette Redevelopment Commission, is supervising a public art project in Happy Hollow Park in West Lafayette.
Happy Hollow Park is the crown jewel of our parks department with 81 acres with its ravines, creek and trails. It has two accessible playgrounds, five shelters and open space for picnics. It is home to walkers, runners, skateboarders, dog walkers, and people wanting to sled or play volleyball.
Scope of the project
The Public Arts Team seeks an artist, team of artists, or design firm to create a permanent public artwork at the Entrance to Happy Hollow Park with 3 smaller sculptures at the pedestrian entrances.
Artwork should not project out into the pedestrian walkways. Due to their vulnerability and concerns for visibility and public safety, loose accessories should be avoided. Avoid moving and easily damaged parts. Maintenance should be a factor.
The Public Arts Team will select the winning proposal based upon aesthetic appeal, successful artist experience with similar projects, considerations of practicality and public safety, appropriateness to the site, and durability.
Successful proposals should:
A sealed envelope containing the completed and signed application form (included with this RFP) shall be mailed to:
The West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission
Happy Hollow Park Sign/Sculpture Project
222 N. Chauncey, Room 102
West Lafayette, IN 47906
It must be received by 4:30 PM on September 19th and will be opened at the Redevelopment Commission meeting on September 20th at 8:30 AM.
The rest of the proposal should be submitted in digital format. Please submit:
Submission materials should be sent to the address listed above as digital files on disk or via Dropbox to firstname.lastname@example.org. – 3D models can be mailed or dropped off to the address above. Materials will not be mailed back to artists but can be retrieved at the close of the competition with advance notice. Proposal models and sketches for the chosen submission will become property of the City of West Lafayette. Please label all submission materials with the artist’s contact information including name, address, phone number and email.
The artist retains ownership of submitted design concepts until a selection has been made and a contract signed. The resulting artwork will become the property of the City of West Lafayette. Images of the work may be used in publicity for local municipalities and the University. The selected artist must carry his or her own insurance during the installation process.
All proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. September 19 . The Public Arts Team will then jury proposals and notify applicants of the decision by October 11th.
Please contact Eric Lucas, chair of the Public Arts Team at email@example.com for additional
Potential area fabricators include:
Smock Fansler Corporation
Appendix A – Citizen Input
Appendix B – See images
Appendix C – See images
Location is visible to pedestrians and trail users. Sign should be oriented parallel to the road (or at a very slight angle). Sign will not be lit. Sign would be located on east side of walkway leading into park.
Location is visible to cars and pedestrians. This sign could be 12’ tall. Sign should be perpendicular to the road. Sign will be lit. Sign would replace existing timber wall.
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