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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) invites visual artists residing in the United States to submit qualifications for an opportunity to create a 2D artwork for the entrance of the existing Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station and/or the future Wilshire/La Cienega Metro Rail Station.
Budget: $95,000 per opportunity (2-D digital design and project oversight–no fabrication responsibility)
Eligibility: Professional artists legally authorized to work in the United States
Deadline: 09/16/2019 7:00 PM Central Time
HOLLYWOOD/HIGHLAND: The selected artist will design a site specific and original artwork to replace the ceramic tiled walls at the station entrance.
WILSHIRE/LA CIENEGA: The selected artist will design a site specific and original artwork for the tiled walls of the concourse level.
Artists who have a practice in painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, textiles, photography, still digital or other 2D media will be considered. The artwork design must be digitized and delivered as high-resolution files in full scale for translation into glass mosaic (Hollywood/Highland) or individual glass panels (Wilshire/La Cienega). Metro will manage and cover the cost of fabricating and installing the artwork. In addition to developing the artwork, the artist will provide fabrication and installation oversight.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR HOLLYWOOD/HIGHLAND PROJECT: The station will be fully constructed, occupied and operational during Artwork installation
SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR WILSHIRE/LA CIENEGA PROJECT: The station will be under construction during Artwork design, fabrication and installation
FOR BOTH PROJECTS:
Metro’s award-winning art program commissions artists to create artworks that transform the transit customer experience and add to the artistic vibrancy of the communities it serves.
Artwork Location Description
HOLLYWOOD/HIGHLAND: The artwork will be executed on three adjacent walls. The primary wall, measuring approximately 70 feet long and 12 feet high, directly faces the escalators and stairs leading to the concourse. Perpendicular to each side of the primary wall are two additional wall sections, each measuring 25 feet long and 12 feet high. The total area is approximately 1,300 square feet. Final dimensions may be subject to change and are to be verified.
WILSHIRE/LA CIENEGA: The north wall measures 10 feet high and 136 feet long, the south wall measures 10 feet high and 64 feet long and the walls face each other. Total approximate area is 2,000 square feet (final dimensions subject to change) and each glass tile panel measures 18 inches high and 36 inches long.
The Hollywood/Highland station, which opened in 2000, is served by the Red Line and offers multiple connections to Metro Bus Lines. The station concourse and platform ceiling was designed by the original artist, Sheila Klein, and architecture team, Dworsky Associates (now CannonDworsky), into a series of theatrical lights and telescoping, organic, sculptural forms. One has the sense of being in the depths of a giant creature. The area’s surrounding architectural legacy includes the former Grauman’s (now TLC) Chinese Theater, the El Capitan Theater, the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Bowl: all influential landmarks for the original design team. Likewise, traditional early Hollywood musical extravaganzas influenced the creative collaboration on this station, resulting in a heightened sensory and theatrical experience for those passing through. The station represents a dramatic complement to Hollywood’s cultural past as well as a prominent salute to its future.
The Wilshire/La Cienega station is part of the Westside Purple Line Extension. This project is being built in three sections. Section 1 between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega is now under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2023. The Westside Purple Line Extension is a critically important subway rail project that will provide a high-capacity, efficient and dependable alternative for commuters to travel between downtown Los Angeles, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills and Westwood. From the current terminus at the Wilshire/Western Station, the Purple Line Extension will extend westward for about nine miles and will include seven new stations. The entire line is expected to be fully operational in time for the 2028 Olympics. The Wilshire/La Cienega station will be in close proximity to landmarks and destinations like the Saban Theatre (formerly the Fox Wilshire Theatre), Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Peterson Automotive Museum, La Cienega Park and the original Restaurant Row of Beverly Hills. The artworks in the Purple Line stations will reimagine Wilshire Boulevard’s legacy and herald its future.
Timeline (consolidated, both projects)
*Questions are reviewed, and answers provided per a schedule. All questions must be received in writing, via e-mail, no later than 4:00pm PST on August 30, 2019. E-mail requests should include the subject line: “Hollywood/Highlands RFQ Clarification” or “Wilshire/La Cienega RFQ Clarification” as appropriate.
A community-based peer selection panel with diverse backgrounds in contemporary visual art will review applicant submittals and, using the evaluation criteria below, recommend artists to present a preliminary concept proposal. In order to establish the competitive field within the criteria, Metro Arts and Design staff may screen candidates to present to the panel. Candidates developing proposals will be compensated $2,900 to cover the cost of design, presentation materials and any associated travel.
Artists will be considered for a contract award based on:
What to Submit
The following application materials are required:
How to Submit
All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Apply separately for each opportunity: Look for “Call to Artists – Hollywood/Highland Station” or “Call to Artists — Wilshire/La Cienega Station” as appropriate. Applicants should use the latest version of their web browser to ensure a smooth online submission experience when using SlideRoom. Hard copy application materials will not be reviewed and will be returned unopened. Applicant must provide a permanent mailing address, e-mail and phone contact information. Applicant’s name must be included on each page of each file submitted. Incomplete submittals will not be considered. Metro reserves the right to request supporting documentation of any submittal materials for verification purposes. Application materials must be received by Metro via https://metroart.slideroom.com/ by 5:00pm PST on Monday, September 16, 2019. Application materials received after this deadline will not be reviewed. Application materials that are not formatted according to the specifications provided will not be reviewed.
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