The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists for purchase of existing sculptures for the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal Three Modernization West Plaza. The West Plaza will become a sculpture garden featuring art among desert plants and trees. Artworks are sought to enhance the experience of this uniquely Southwestern outdoor plaza. Up to five artworks will be purchased through this opportunity. Selected works will become part of the Phoenix Airport Museum Collection.
THIS IS NOT A COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY. ONLY EXISTING SCULPTURES WILL BE PURCHASED.
The modernization of Terminal 3, a 35-year-old facility, will incorporate new finishes, façades, infrastructure and specialty systems, and provide the City of Phoenix with a bold space that acts as a front door for travelers to the city and state. Adjacent to the Terminal’s departures atrium the West Plaza will be visible from all three levels of the terminal and the nearby Sky Train. It will be accessible to all visitors and travelers.
In addition to sculpture, the West Plaza will include a variety of native trees, shrubs, succulents, and cacti. It will also have walkways, seating and a dog park. The artworks will be sited throughout the garden.
To be considered for this sculpture garden commission, artworks must meet the following criteria:
The project is open to professional artists. This opportunity is open to artists nationally.
Professional Arizona artists are encouraged to apply.
The estimated budget is up to $300,000 (total) for up to 5 works of art. This includes all costs related to the purchase, shipping, administration and installation of the artworks.
All responses to this Call will be evaluated on the basis of a 100-point system listed below. After evaluating all submissions, the City, at the request of the Evaluation Committee, may ask some or all of the Respondents to submit supplemental information or to participate in interviews. The points will distributed as follows:
1. Demonstrated quality of art and design in submitted sculptures: 50 points
2. Potential to create innovative design for a public space: 50 points
Full project information and application instructions are available here.