8th St. Streetscape AIPP Project for Austin area artists
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
8th St. Streetscape Project(from CongressAve. to West Ave.)
Artist Information meeting: 6 pm (CST), June 19, 2013
Deadline to Apply: 5:00 pm (CST), EXTENDED TO JULY 26, 2013
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Growth &
Redevelopment Services Office (EGRSO) seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team
to design, fabricate and install artwork for the streetscape along 8
th Street between Congress and West
The City of Austin requests qualifications from professional visual artists, or artist teams,who live and
work in the Austin metropolitan area which includes Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Hays
Counties. The total artwork budget is $77,000. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm on July 26, 2013.
The 8th Street Reconstruction project from West Avenue to Congress Avenue was funded by the 2006
and 2010 bond elections and incorporatesthe guiding principles outlined in the Downtown Great
Streets Master Plan. The intent of Great Streets is to transform Austin’s public right-of-ways into great
public spaces. The typical Great Streets layout includes: sidewalks 18 or 32 feet in width;street
furnishings that include benches, bike racks and trash receptacles; and street trees that are spaced so
that there is a contiguous canopy at maturity to provide shade. More information on Austin’s Great
Street program can be found at www.austintexas.gov/page/great-streets.
The improvements being constructed on 8th Street between West Avenue and Congress Avenue include
• Full depth reconstruction of the roadway
• Upgrades to water, wastewater, & storm drain system
• A traffic circle with adjacent rain gardens at Rio Grande St.
• New curbs, gutters, and driveways as necessary
• Improvements to pedestrian mobility including wider sidewalks with a reduction of vehicular
lanes between Congress Ave. and San Antonio St.
• New trees, planters, street lights, benches, trash bins, bike racks
• Traffic signal improvements
This road reconstruction project began in August 2012 and is being completed in phases in order to
minimize disruption to businesses and residents. Scheduled completion is March of 2014. The
commissioned artwork will be installed after construction ends and the artist will be responsible for
obtaining all required permits and installing independent of the larger construction project.
PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE SPECIFICATIONS, INFORMATION, AND DIAGRAMS.
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