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Tempe, AZ Seeks Artist for Highline Canal Design Team and Artistic Enhancements

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Tempe, AZ Seeks Artist for Highline Canal Design Team and Artistic Enhancements
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The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to design enhancements for the Highline Canal Multi-use Path. The selected artist will join the design team in creating a comfortable path for pedestrians and cyclists in South Tempe, Arizona.

Budget: $170,000; $20,000 for design fee and construction oversight + $150,000 for projects

Eligibility:  Professional artist or artist team residing and eligible to work in the United States. Accepted artist(s) will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States.

Project Description
The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to design enhancements for the Highline Canal Multi-use Path, a stretch of canal between Baseline Road and Knox Road. The Highline Canal project is meant to create a user-friendly, multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists alike. With a newly designed a 10-foot wide concrete multi-use path, lighting, landscaping and public art, the Highline Canal is intended to provide an unique and comfortable way to travel through the City of Tempe. The project includes street crossing treatments and bicycle/pedestrian bridges across the canal as well as seating and shade.

The project is located along the Tempe portion of the Highline Canal, and links directly to Chandler and the Town of Guadalupe for a distance of 3.5 miles.

For more information about the Highline Canal, visit http://www.tempe.gov/highlinecanal

Artwork Goals
The artwork should enhance the path, creating moments of engagement along the way. Possible art opportunities include, but are not limited to, pathway treatments, shade structure embellishment and/or additions, the creation of landmarks throughout the trail, seating, and lighting. The design team is currently at 60% completion and expects to complete design in Fall of 2017. This is a fast-track project with opportunities for public art to create an impact on the overall project.

Selection Process
Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. A selection committee will review artists’ submissions and select 2-4 finalists. The finalists will be invited to a project orientation and interview. The steering committee is comprised of members from the Tempe Transportation, community stakeholders, arts professionals, and associated city staff. The selected artist(s) will work with Tempe Transportation and Tempe Public Art throughout the project.

Selection Criteria
Selection will be based on previous experience as demonstrated by submitted materials.

Timeline
Finalist interviews will be held in mid-April; the selected artist or team will be contracted in May 2017 and begin design immediately thereafter.

How to Apply:  Apply only through https://tempepublicart.submittable.com/submit  No mailed hard copy or emailed submissions will be accepted.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Rebecca Rothman, Director of Public Art, rebecca_rothman@tempe.gov or by phone (480) 350-2827

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