City of San Jose Public Arts Program (CA), Request for Qualifications from California Artists: “End of Watch” Police Memorial Project

3760City of San Jose Public Arts Program (CA), Request for Qualifications from California Artists: “End of Watch” Police Memorial Project

Deadline: November 1st, 2016

The City of San Jose Public Art Program (SJPA) is seeking an experienced artist to create a permanent memorial to honor fallen police officers in San Jose. This opportunity is open to individual artists/artist teams working or living in the state of California. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications. One artist or artist team will be selected for the project.

SJPA seeks to build community identity by initiating artworks that enhance the civic landscape and impact the way in which people experience public spaces. Public art strives to reflect the City’s diversity, historic richness, and envision its present and future.

Budget: The available funding for this public art project is presently up to $130,000, for design development, fabrication and installation. Also included is a mandatory 10% contingency.

The project funding is allocated as follows:

  • Design: $20,000 for completion of all steps of the design phase from concept development through construction documentation including engineering.​
  • Fabrication & Installation: Up to $110,000. The actual amount of funding for fabrication and installation will be determined by the artist’s design and supporting budget proposal that is approved by the City as part of the design phase of the process. The budget proposal will include the mandatory hold back of $11,000 as contingency funds to cover unanticipated costs that are the result of critical, unforeseen circumstances which impact the artist’s ability to deliver the project. (If unused, the contingency funds will be paid to the artist at the end of the project.)

The project funding must cover all expenses related to the research, investigation, design, 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 artist’s concept design to stakeholders and approving bodies; signed and certified structural, electrical and/or other construction/engineering drawings and specifications, required for fabrication; fabrication of the artwork; transportation and installation of materials, transportation and accommodations for artist(s); insurance and all other project related expenses.

The budget described above is based on presently guaranteed funding. This project presents a unique opportunity for the artist to consider a design concept that has the potential to be expanded with a larger budget. The project has a number of significant key supporters who intend to engage in fundraising once a design has been developed and approved; this has the potential expand the available funding for the project.

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