Denver International Airport (CO), International Request for Qualifications: Great Hall / Jeppesen Terminal Project

Denver International Airport (CO), International Request for Qualifications: Great Hall / Jeppesen Terminal Project

Deadline: September 28th, 2018

About the Great Hall Renovation in the Jeppesen Terminal at DEN:  DEN is creating an efficient and modernized Great Hall that serves as a warm welcome to Denver and Colorado, allows for the airport’s growth, enhances safety and security and leaves a lasting impression on all passengers and visitors.  Great Hall Project construction began in July 2018 and will be complete by end of 2021.

Public Art: Parameters & Goals: The selection panel members have set forth goals and parameters for this public art project with the hope of creating a unique and engaging work of art. The airport isn’t simply looking to add another piece of beautiful art – rather it’s looking to provide something memorable that expresses the brand and personality of the airport and it’s bold and unexpected art collection.  DEN has a long history of controversy and conspiracy theories and embraces the mystique and humor that corresponds. Selected finalists will be asked to propose artwork that can serve as a statement piece(s) that passengers will know by name.  The selection panel seeks a pool of applicants with a successful history of public art.

Unique Challenges and Site Considerations

  • The new Great Hall at the Jeppesen terminal will be home to several commercial spaces with signage and wayfinding.
  • Travelers will need to maintain visibility of all way finding signage, artwork can not hinder sight lines or take up too much floor space so as to negatively hinder passenger flow.
  • Every passenger departing DEN will pass through this site.
  • Artwork must consider both natural and artificial lighting.
  • Artwork cannot be suspended from the existing canopy.
  • Artwork cannot replace or modify existing glass curtain walls.

Eligibility: This project is open internationally to all artists and multi-person collaborative groups, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap. Artists working in any media are eligible to apply. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art. Emerging artists and those with no prior public art experience are encouraged to partner and consult with experienced professionals such as architects, fabricators and designers.  Artists from under resourced or marginalized communities based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, are or disability are encouraged to apply.

Budget: The budget for this commission is up to $4,000,000 USD. The intent is to select one artist/artist team only for the full commission. Finalists will be notified, and their subsequent proposals should clearly identify if the artwork will include both locations or only one location.  These funds come from the City of Denver’s One Percent for Art Ordinance which allocates 1% of Capital Improvement Project budgets be set aside for the commission of public artworks. This contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees such as structural engineering consultation, insurance (including Colorado Workers Compensation), tools, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, any building or site modification required, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs. For all work done on city property, prevailing wage requirements will be applied.

Note: This is a call for submission of samples of previous work and qualifications only

For more detailed information on this RFQ and link to apply:

For more information, visit for the Arts and Events Public Art site, for DEN specific pieces, and for additional images of the existing DEN collection.


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