Fairfax County Seeks Sculpture for New Parking Gar...

Fairfax County Seeks Sculpture for New Parking Gar...

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 Herndon, VA, Unknown

The County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Public Works and Environmental Services invites artists to submit proposals for a permanent 3-dimensional public artwork for the Innovation Center Station Metro Garage Project located at 2345 Innovation Center Drive, Herndon, Virginia. The garage and surrounding development is undergoing construction in the current Capital Improvements Program and anticipates completion in Fiscal Year 2020. The site-specific artwork is to be integrated within context of the larger public space for the project.

Budget: $100,000
Eligibility: Professional artists; prefer artists living in metro D.C. area
Deadline: 11/08/2019 6:00 PM Central Time

*NOTE:  This invitation requires applicants to produce a design and a researched budget for the proposed sculpture as part of the application process.  Applicants will not be compensated for this up-front design work.

Project Description
The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is constructing an approximately 2,100-space, eight-level parking garage that will serve future bus and rail commuters at the planned Innovation Center Station. The garage and surrounding area include walkways, bus bays, kiss-and-ride spaces, taxi stand, motorcycle spaces, secure bike room storage, and a pocket park with surrounding streetscape landscaping. The plan identifies an opportunity to incorporate public art in the pocket park, adjacent to a constructed rain garden and boardwalk.

The Innovation Center development will be a new transit-oriented development just south of the Dulles Toll Road, adjacent to the Innovation Center Station, one of six Metrorail stations being built in the Silver Line’s second phase. The overall 14.6-acre site consists of the 5.5-acre footprint for a County-constructed Metro commuter garage, kiss-and-ride spaces, pocket park, and Metro plaza with the remaining 9.1-acres to be developed by a private developer. Fairfax County has partnered with the private developer to clear and grade the nearly 15-acre undeveloped site before installing stormwater infrastructure, building a road network, erecting streetlights, constructing public space, and landscaping. The infrastructure will serve the overall development including the Metro Station Garage.

Artwork Goals
The design of the Innovation Center Metro Garage and adjacent development envisions a site-specific artwork to evoke the spirit of 21st century urban living, creative inspiration, and a sense of community. The artwork may address local themes or landmarks of the surrounding area. The work should be visible from the street and the Metro Plaza, just north of the pocket park and kiss-and-ride. The artwork shall be accessible to the general public of all ages and ability levels, and shall not impact planned infrastructure, easements, trees, and critical root zones. The artwork may engage visitors by being tactile or interactive; may be an identifiable landmark or gathering spot on the site; may offer opportunities for environmental education; or may engage site features such as trees or topography to provoke a spatial experience.

Artwork Location Description
The proposed 3-dimensional artwork is to be located within the pocket park on the southeast corner of the Metro garage, bounded by the kiss-and-ride to the north, Carta Way to the east, and Magna way to the south. The project area for consideration includes Location A, an open area between the planned rain garden with boardwalk and the kiss-and-ride entry. The artist may recommend other locations but are strongly encouraged to use this location as it is consistent with the Comprehensive Site Plan design approved by the Department of Development and Planning.


  • Friday, November 8, 2019 (postmarked) – Submission Deadline
  • November 22, 2019 – Notification of semi-finalists
  • December 13, 2019 – Final selection of artist and proposal
  • January 3, 2020 – Award of contract
  • June 12, 2020 – Project completion
    Please note: Except for the Submission Deadline, schedule is subject to change based on procurement requirements

Selection Process
Approximately three semi-finalists will be selected by a committee consists of representatives from Fairfax County. No stipend will be awarded to the semi-finalists. Travel will not be paid. Semi-finalists may be required to present their proposals and designs to the selection committee members, who will recommend one artist for final contracting with the County. The presentation date will be further notified. The design contract will be officially awarded by the Department of Procurement and Material Management for Fairfax County, which will enter into a contract with the selected artist. (The County reserves the right not to select any of the proposals.)

What to Submit

Please submit the following materials by Friday, November 8, 2019:

  1. Resume and any other materials that explain your qualifications for the project
  2. Concept Statement
  3. Concept drawings and/or photographs of models (up to 10 maximum images) in 8.5” x 11” format
  4. Up to 15 digital images representative of your work on a CD-R. Choose images most relevant to this project. Images must be 300 dpi in jpeg format. Do not put anything else on this CD other than your 10 images for this competition. The image files should not be in a folder. CD images should be named as first initial, last initial, the number that corresponds to your image list (presented as hard copy as described below), and one word from the title. For example, the second image submitted by Carol Smith titled Flock of Birds would be named cs2flock.jpg.
  5. A numbered list of the images in the order they appear on the CD indicating the title of the work; date of completion; medium; site description, such as library, park or school; location and budget.
  6. Proposed budget for design, fabrication, and installation of the artwork including an itemized breakdown of materials and labor. Please identify separate costs for any sub-consultants or subcontractors used for the project.
  7. Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you wish to have your CD or any other materials returned.

How to Submit

Submit materials via email to mark.buenavista@fairfaxcounty.gov (Use subject title, “ATTN: Call to Artists – Public Artwork at Innovation Center Station Metro Garage”)

You may also mail your information to Mark Buenavista, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA, 22035 (USA)  ATTN:  Innovation Center Station Metro Garage Competition

QUESTIONS?  Contact Mark Buenavista, mark.buenavista@fairfaxcounty.gov