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Functional Bicycle Racks

The City of Calgary Public Art Program is interested in enhancing the public realm with original permanent outdoor sculptures which will function as bicycle racks. The City is seeking qualified Canadian artists who have experience in designing, constructing and enhancing functional bicycle racks. A number of opportunities may exist for an artist(s) to design and construct unique, bicycle racks for future projects located at LRT stations/transportation-oriented sites throughout the City of Calgary.

All project budgets related to this call will vary from smaller contracts of $20,000 to up to a maximum of $75,000 (inclusive), and as such artists with smaller budget experience are welcome to apply. If short-listed, artists will be considered for opportunities identified in 2016. Project specific budgets, goals and objectives for each opportunity will be discussed with the selected short-listed artist(s). Artist(s) may be selected for one or more opportunities, however, being short-listed does not guarantee that a contract will be provided.

Please Note, All Successful Artists:

  • Are eligible to be selected for more than one project and reserve the right to refuse any offer.
  • Have an equal opportunity to be selected, however, there is a possibility they may not be contracted.
  • Are expected to create new work.
  • May be required to participate in or lead community involvement in the project(s).

This call is aimed at, but not restricted to, local artists. Artists from outside of Calgary are welcome to apply but must be aware that travel expenses and accommodation fees will not be included or provided for in the artist’s budget for these opportunities. National artists should also be aware that some projects may require a stay in Calgary due to required community engagement.

Please note that this is a request for qualifications only, no artwork or design proposals are required at this stage. The submission deadline is June 17, 2016 at 4:00pm MST.

No extensions will be granted and incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. Please read the full call to artists to ensure compliancy with submission requirements.

Public Art Goals and Objectives

The City of Calgary Transportation department supports the integration of public art into their future and existing capital projects. Each site awarded from this call will have goals and objectives specific to the area where the artwork will be integrated. Artists are responsible for interpreting and supporting these goals and objectives in order to create an original work of art with context, theme and comfort.

All Works Should:

  • Promote a unique and stimulating cultural environment to enhance the experience of the site for the public.
  • Engage people and capture the essence, personality or history of the site.
  • Provide a rich and dynamic character for the site through the creation of a strong visual identity.
  • Integrate with the site design and its surrounding elements.

To Support the Attainment of the Above goals, the Public Art Designed and Installed Through This Project Will:

  • Enliven the visual experience though colour, texture and content.
  • Support the Transportation Department’s guiding principles.
  • Consider future maintenance requirements and costs to minimize expense.
  • Ensure the artwork conforms to applicable design standards and codes.

Submission Requirements

Artists are responsible for ensuring that submissions are received by the deadline. Any submission not received by the closing date and time will not be considered. Do not send any materials not specifically requested (i.e. transparencies, DVDs/videos, etc.) as they will not be reviewed by the selection panel.

Submissions Must Contain:

  • A current CV.
  • A letter of interest detailing:
    • Interest in the project.
    • Availability over the projected timelines.
    • Description of past project work of a similar scope.
  • No more than ten images which demonstrate related experience and ability to undertake this project. Images should be identified with title, date, medium, and location/context and budget.
  • Load the images into a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show presentation. Macintosh users should test their presentations on a PC before sending.
  • Submit images with maximum dimensions of 800 x 600 pixels and minimum dimensions of 720 x 480 pixels via PowerPoint compatible software.
  • Number each image one to ten and include the following annotations on a separate sheet:
    • Artist(s) name.
    • Title of artwork.
    • Date of completion.
    • Dimensions.
    • Location and medium.
    • Public art budget.
    • Brief description of goals of the project.
  • Two professional references, with up-to-date contact information, including email and phone numbers.
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