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Open Call to Submit Qualifications for the 801 Barton Springs Road Public Artwork


This is an online application process only. Applications will NOT be accepted by postal mail or email. Please make no attempt to contact our Client directly or you will be automatically disqualified. If you have questions, please contact Sara Vanderbeek, Art Consultant.

Budget Description
Public Art Project Budget: $38,000.

The Project Budget includes all expenses related to the research, investigation, design development, fabrication and installation of the artwork including, but not limited to: design time and fees; design documents, renderings and/or other media as required to communicate the artist’s concept design development to the Project Team; signed and certified structural, and/or other construction/engineering drawings and specifications that may be required for fabrication; fabrication of all artwork elements; transportation of materials, travel and accommodations for artist(s); insurance, storage; and all other project-related expenses.

Project Description
On behalf of Generational Commercial Properties, HTZ Investments, Runa Workshop and Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP), we are requesting qualifications for an artist or artist team to create an outdoor Artwork for a new multi-use property at 801 Barton Springs Road, a main thoroughfare just south of downtown Austin, Texas.

The Site Location is within proximity to large urban park and is part of a commercial edge between the park and residential neighborhoods. The Artwork will be located along a pedestrian walkway leading east and west on Barton Springs Road. It will be integrated into the sidewalk/patio space in front of the Building. The Artist will liaise with the Project Team comprised of Building Owner, Architect, Engineers, Designers, Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP), the City of Austin (COA) and the Art Consultant to provide a Public Artwork that should reflect the conceptual and narrative themes of the Architect’s Building Concept defined below.

The building concept is to allow the dynamic forms and flows indicative of local streams to inform the building architecture.

The architectural language of the project is derived from the systems and structures of a Texas stream overlaid on the building program; volumetrically expressed by three shifting volumes, like limestone riparian ledges.

The upper building mass of 801 Barton Springs, is a serene pool, like one might find at the top of a waterfall. The placid aesthetic of this programmatic volume relates to the office environment. The middle volume, hosting the garage evokes water in vertical flow cascading over a limestone ledge. The lower volume of the building is the refreshing redirection of the cascade as it unites with the urban streetscape; splashing with activity, connectivity and promise. Within the ground level, a restaurant space and class A office lobby invigorate the pedestrian street frontage of Barton Springs Road.

Artwork Goals
1. Safety of pedestrians must be considered.
2. The Artwork must adhere to the specified perimeters provided by Architect, Engineer and the City of Austin.
3. The Artwork should translate artistic concepts into materials that are appropriate for public space, taking into consideration maintenance, safety, and longevity. Materials must be non-combustible, weather resistant and colors must maintain their profiles, fidelity and integrity in all weather conditions.
4. Any plans for exterior lighting are conceived in advance - during the design development phase.
5. Water features are not being considered for this call.
6. Artwork should be sensitive to social, environmental, historical, and/or other relevant contexts.

This call is open to artists age 18 or older living and working in Texas. Must offer three references, and must have completed at least 3 public artwork projects.
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