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Public Art Budget: $262,000

Submission Deadline: August 8, 2014

The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from artists and/or artist teams to work with the Park and Recreation Department, and the Dallas Zoo to participate in the design, fabrication and installation of a work of public art near the entrance to the Dallas Zoo.

The Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre zoo located 3 miles (5 km) south of downtown Dallas, Texas. Established in 1888, it is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas and it is home to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species.

A panel of arts professionals and community representatives will review qualified submissions in August. A small group of artists will be short-listed for the project and will be contracted to develop a site specific concept for artwork. Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $3000 to cover the costs of producing a site specific public art concept proposal for the Zoo. The stipend must cover all costs of site visits, site research, production of a site-specific public art concept, shipping of the maquette (where applicable) and travel to make a presentation of the proposal to a selection panel.

The short-listed artists will prepare a conceptual design proposal comprised of drawings, digital renderings or, where applicable, a maquette, for a site-specific work at the designated location that will be responsive to the following:

Artwork should include visual references to the Zoo and Zoo wildlife.

Artwork must support the Dallas Zoo’s mission: “Inspiring Passion for Nature and Conserving Wildlife.”

This location will serve as a gateway to the Dallas Zoo and the artwork design should reflect this.

Artwork should welcome visitors to the Zoo.

Artwork should serve as a “way-finding” element to alert visitors to the entrance to the Zoo.

Artwork must complement the existing artwork at the site. The giraffe has served as the defining image of the Zoo for many years and will continue to a be prominent icon for the Dallas Zoo.

Artwork must be highly visible in the landscape.

Movement and interactive qualities can be considered.

Due to the overall topography around the proposed location, land form elements are of interest.

Artwork must require little or no maintenancee free of safety hazards.

The site for the artwork is near the entrance to the Zoo at the corner of South Marsalis and RL Thornton Freeway access road.



All artists are eligible to apply,with the following exceptions:

Artists currently under contract with the City ofDallas Public Art Program,

Employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee or the Cultural Affairs Commission or their families,

Consultants under contract for any phase of this project,

Undergraduate students.


Demonstrated successful completion of public art or park project of similar size and scope

Demonstrated ability to work with a design and construction team.

Demonstrated ability to complete work on time and on budget.

Project budget is $262,000.

Ability to attend and/or participate in meetings with design teams, community members and others involved in the project. Participation can be by phone.


The size of the site is 150ft X 100ft.

There are no height restrictions in this location.

The Marsalis Ave. bridge leading to the site will also have enhancement elements that include images of giraffes.

Existing landscaping will remain. This includes any existing trees or background screening material at the property line.

The site is the high point of the portion of the Zoo campus adjacent to the Main Entry. Land forming and grade changes at the site will generally occur at the rear of the proposed art installation and adjacent to Opera Street.

Site Assessment: Dallas Zoo has conducted a site assessment determining that no barriers exist underground at this location.

For more information about The Dallas Zoo visit


Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise goals of the City Dallas). The City of Dallas reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice.

For more infomation about the City of Dallas Public Art Program:


Please submit qualifications at
Submissions will only be accepted via CaFE

Submission deadline is August 8, 2014.

Send inquiries to Drema Chávez at


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