Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wolf River Greenway Phases 2&3 RFQ

UrbanArt Call-to-Artists for Wolf River Greenway, Phases 2 and 3

Site and Project Descriptions:
UrbanArt and the City of Memphis are working together to create public artworks for the first two sections of the Wolf River Greenway to built in 2010. Additional public artworks shall be created as new greenway segments are constructed in future years.

Trail sections ‘Phase 2’ and ‘Phase 3’ are to be built along Humphreys Blvd. ‘Phase 2’ extends from Walnut Grove to Shady Grove, while ‘Phase 3’ begins at Shady Grove and terminates at Kirby Drive.

Artists will be selected based on previous experience with outdoor sculpture, and are expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, including providing maintenance instructions. Finished projects must require little to no regular maintenance. The selection committee is interested in artists who have experience with natural materials (wood, stone, metal), as well as vandalism deterring methods and applications. Sites for consideration of the final artwork installation are classified as urban edge/multi-use corridors, and should be based on visibility from trail users, as well as vehicle traffic. Final artwork should compliment the greenway setting, and respond to the distinct character of these districts, which include natural, residential, and commercial areas.

The selection committee will select 3 finalists per phase based on their qualifications, then interview each individually before selecting 1 artist to complete 1 project per project phase.

Budget: $75,000 per section
Deadline: 4:00 PM, Friday, May 14, 2010
Eligibility: Regional: open to artists living within a 400-mile radius of Memphis.

Guidelines – Please submit the following:

*Typed, one-page letter of interest that notes which Greenway Phase you are applying for, explaining a general concept including theme and materials.
*A sketch may be included, but must be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. Please do not send original artwork.
*Resumé, not to exceed 3 pages.
*DIGITAL images of your past work, following these guidelines: up to 15 digital images. Images must be JPEG format, 1920 pixels maximum on the longest side, 72 dpi, with compression settings resulting in the best image quality under 2MB file size
*Image identification sheet with location, brief description, and budget of each project
*List of three professional references, including current phone numbers and email addresses
*Self-addressed, stamped envelope with postage sufficient for the return of your materials. Materials will not be returned without one.

All proposals must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday, May 14, 2010

To ensure fairness to all, there are no extensions or waivers of deadlines.

Applicants will be notified by letter as to the status of their application.

Send applications to:
UrbanArt Commission
Attn: Wolf River Greenway P2&3
2549 Broad Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112

For more information contact:


Commissioning of artists by UrbanArt and the pursuit of all UrbanArt activities are
implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or age.

UrbanArt reserves the right to modify this solicitation and to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists.

UrbanArt reserves the right to accept or reject, at any time prior to
the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals when the acceptance, rejection, waiver or advertisement would be in the best interest of the project. In addition, UrbanArt may solicit proposals from artists not responding to
this call and reserves the right to select an artist outside of the pool of artists responding to this call.

The staff of UrbanArt shall be responsible for all correspondence and communication by and between applicants and members of selection panels. Discussion regarding these projects by and between any applicant and any member of a selection panel outside of regularly scheduled meetings during the selection process may be grounds for the disqualification of the applicant. Such determination shall be in the sole discretion of UrbanArt.

Phase 2 site plan:

 Phase 3 site plan, above.

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