CALL FOR ARTISTS - Clark Avenue Streetscape Project

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Clark Avenue Streetscape Project
December 3, 2018

Project Location Map One of the project sites

About this Opportunity

The City of Cleveland, through its Public Art Program, is seeking expressions of interest from artists interested in creating artwork that would be digitally applied to traffic signal controller cabinets along Clark Avenue, between West 41st Street and Quigley Road.

WHAT IS THE PUBLIC ART PROGRAM? 
 
The City of Cleveland’s Public Art Program, established in 2003, requires that certain major capital projects undertaken by the city provide an amount equal to 1.5% of the overall project budget for public art.

The program requires that artworks produced through the program be in proximity to the improvements that generated the funding for the works.
 
PROJECT DETAILS
The City of Cleveland, through its Public Art Program, is seeking artists interested in creating public art to accompany streetscape improvements planned for Clark Avenue, between West 41st Street and Quigley Road. The artwork will be digitally reproduced and placed on wraps that will be directly applied to seven traffic signal controller cabinets along the street. In most cases, artwork will cover all or part of all four sides of each cabinet.
 
Rather than submit pre-conceived proposals, the selected artist or artists will work with city and LAND studio staff and people representing the neighborhoods in the project area to develop artwork related to and reflective of the street and its surrounding neighborhoods. Willingness to work with neighborhood representatives is essential. The artist or artists will be paid to produce designs and will not be responsible for fabrication or installation of the wraps on the traffic signal controller cabinets.

Eligibility

This competition is open to qualified artists or teams of artists based in Greater Cleveland. Artists with connections to or interest in the neighborhoods in the project area are especially encouraged to apply.

Location

The map in the images above, shows the locations of traffic signal controller cabinets along Clark Avenue in the project area. Three of the cabinets—at West 25th Street and at Fulton and Quigley roads—are in place. Others will be installed as part of a street-improvement project that will take place in the spring of 2019.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLER LOCATONS

The specific locations of the cabinets that will be available to host artwork between West 41st Street and Quigley Road along Clark Avenue are as follows (the directional abbreviations refer to which corner the traffic signal controller cabinet sets or will be set on):
 
SE, Fulton Road, existing, 25” deep, 44” wide, 67 ¼” high, including cabinet riser
 
NE, West 32nd Street, planned, cabinet: 36” wide, 17” deep, 51” high (cabinet riser is 36” wide, 17” deep, and 12” high)

NE, West 25th Street, existing, 26 ¼” deep, 58” wide, 67 ½” high (cabinet riser included in overall dimensions)

NW, Scranton Road, planned, same dimensions as West 32nd

SW, West 16th Street, planned, same as West 32nd

SW, West 14th Street, planned, same as West 32nd
 
SW, Quigley Road, existing, 17” deep, 36” wide, 56 ½” high (no cabinet riser)

Requirements

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 
To be considered for this project, please submit a concise statement of interest—one page maximum. Submitters should indicate locational preferences, if any. Provide up to 10 images of your previous work. In lieu of sending images, prospective artists may send a link to online images. Online images must be formatted for download into a presentation.

Required materials must be submitted to City of Cleveland public art project coordinator Tarra Petras at tpetras@city.cleveland.oh.us and Vince Reddy of LAND studio* at vreddy@land-studio.org by no later than 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Artists chosen for further consideration will be notified by Friday, December 7.

Considerations

THEMES 
Artists chosen to develop designs for artworks along Clark Avenue may relate their work to any theme relevant to the neighborhoods in the project area. Migration has been mentioned as a potential theme.

Sponsors

City of Cleveland

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