Sculpture Sought for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport West Plaza, Terminal Three

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Sculpture Sought for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport West Plaza, Terminal Three


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. ​​​​​​​​


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:

  • Sculptures must be no larger than 12 feet in height and movable, should future development of the site require their relocation.
  • The sculptures must be of durable, vandal-proof, weather-resistant and low-maintenance material, suitable for an outdoor desert environment.
  • Design and materials must mitigate any potential hazard to the public; such as no sharp, or protruding elements.
  • The works must fit concrete base pads ranging from 5 feet to 25 feet wide.
  • Artwork must be suitable for attachment to a concrete pad using an attached plate, flange or pin system. Artist should include a proposal for how the sculpture will be installed. The footings or concrete work needed for placement will be provided by the Office of Arts and Culture in consultation with the artist.
  • Artwork should be able to be safely removed and reinstalled without damage or alteration. If the work requires assembly it must be able to be safely disassembled.



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.

Selection Criteria

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


  • July 6, 2016 Pre-submission Meeting in Phoenix (optional)
  • July 29, 2016 Application Deadline 5:00 pm (local Arizona time)
  • August, 2016 Selection panel recommends finalists for the project.  Finalists will receive a comprehensive packet of information about
    the project.
  • August, 2016 Finalist interview and proposal review
  • Early fall 2016 Contract awarded to selected artist


Full project information and application instructions are available here.