Sculpture Trail Artist Selection 2013
The City of Arlington (“City”) is seeking a response to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists interested in providing professional services needed for the design and construction of a sculpture to be located in Richard Greene Linear Park or Robert Cluck Linear Park. Qualifications, in accordance with the specifications and scope of work below, will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on July 12, 2013.
The City of Arlington reserves the right to accept or reject any or all submittals and to accept
only those that are in the best interest of the City. There is no expressed or implied obligation for the City to reimburse responding firms for any expenses incurred in preparing responses to this request.
To be considered, one (1) original (so marked) and five (5) copies of the response must be received prior to the due date and time. In addition to qualifications of the artist, a photograph or photocopy of the proposed art (multiple sculptures are acceptable) or a rendering of the proposed art concept, should be provided.
During the evaluation process, the evaluation committee reserves the right, where it may serve the City’s best interest, to request additional information or clarification from responders, or to allow corrections of errors or omissions. At the discretion of the committee, artists submitting responses may be requested to participate in an interview as part of the evaluation process. The City reserves the right to retain all responses and to use any ideas included in a response regardless of whether that response is selected. Submission of a response indicates acceptance by the firm of the conditions contained in this Request for Qualifications, unless clearly and specifically noted in the response and confirmed in the contract between the City and the artist selected. All artwork purchased by the city will become property of the City of Arlington. The prospective artist certifies, by submission of their qualifications, that neither the artist nor his or her principals are presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in this transaction by any Federal, state, or local department or agency.
In 2012, City Council identified four strategic priorities for the city. These areas of focus included Building a Thriving Community; Support Quality Education; Enhance Regional Mobility; and Define an Identifiable Brand. This project will support “Defining an Identifiable Brand”. The 2 of 10project includes development of a Sculpture Trail in Richard Greene Linear Park and Robert Cluck Linear Park. This project has been selected and supported by city leadership as contributing to the enhancement of the city’s brand. It is anticipated that funding will be appropriated annual to support art for this project. Arlington’s Entertainment District has seen significant growth and activity over the last couple of years with the construction of Cowboys Stadium and the Texas Rangers World Series playoffs. Capitalizing on this increase in sports excitement, the City has developed plans for a themed sculpture trail at Richard Greene Linear Park and Robert Cluck Linear Park located adjacent to both mega venues. This themed trail will ultimately become a tourist destination for art and sports fans alike.
This RFQ solicits interest from artists with experience in outdoor sculpture or related talents who can provide the services and expertise to successful complete the first artwork for the sculpture trail. The sculpture trail will circle the ponds at Richard Greene Linear Park (adjacent to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington) and Johnson Creek in Robert Cluck Linear Park (adjacent to Cowboys Stadium). The purpose of the trail is to energize the public space by serving as a nationally recognized tourist destination for sports and art enthusiasts alike. Sculptures will memorialize significant people and/or events that take place within the Entertainment District. The art may, but does not have to, reflect the look and feel of an event such as a logo of Super Bowl XLV or a bronze statue of Michael Young. Artwork can be abstract and non-related to sports. Artwork will reflect different themes, genres, styles and compositions to appeal to a diverse audience. A plaque will be placed adjacent to the sculpture describing its meaning, purpose and thought as it relates to the desired theme, in this case “Community Spirit”.
Each art installation will be placed to also encourage appreciation of the open space, landscape, water features, environmental sculpture and stadium backdrops. Original estimates anticipate a minimum of 15 permanent sculptures placed strategically throughout the park, with a yet to be identified amount of space allocated for rotating sculptures. The trail will become just one part of the Entertainment District experience featuring artwork, plazas, unique lighting and signage that celebrates events and educates visitors to the park.
The sculpture trail will be completed with the assistance of a consultant (Schrickel Rollins and
Associates) to assist in the formal design of the new sculpture trail, placement of permanent and temporary sculptures as well as the construction drawings for the infrastructure for the first piece of artwork to be installed on the trail.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
1. Funding for this artwork is being provided from the FY2013 and FY 2014 Operating Budget. Respondents to this RFQ should assume that funding is limited, and it is unlikely that available funding will exceed $200,000.
2. The theme for this first sculpture is “Community Spirit”. The proposed sculpture must express this theme. The existence of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Cowboys 3 of 10Stadium, and other Entertainment District investments is a result of the “Can Do” attitude and support of Arlington residents. The City wants to capture aura and history behind this attitude in the first sculpture.
3. The sculpture will serve as a visual landmark and should be distinctive through design, size, etc.
4. The sculpture should be completed and installed by March 10, 2014. The sculpture will be unveiled at the 2014 Art on the Greene Art Show that will take place in Richard
Greene Linear Park, March 21-23.
5. The general location of the sculpture has been identified in “Attachment A”. A site plan will be created in cooperation with Schrickel Rollins and Associates once the artist has been selected.
ROLE OF ARTIST
The artist will furnish all required labor, materials, supplies, and travel required in connection with the artwork. The RFQ should provide sufficient information to demonstrate the artist’s ability to provide creative and artistic talent for the project.
Submit qualifications, one (1) original (so marked) and five (5) copies to the address below:
Parks and Recreation
717 West Main Street, Arlington, TX 76013
NOTE: Absolutely no faxed or e-mailed qualifications will be accepted. The City of
Arlington shall not consider any request for extension of the deadline for qualifications.
EMAIL FOR FULL SPECIFICATIONS.
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