The City of San José Public Art Program (CA), National Request for Qualifications: Illuminated Underpass

The City of San José Public Art Program (CA), National Request for Qualifications: Illuminated Underpass

Deadline: February 27th, 2018, 11:59pm MST

The City of San José Public Art Program in conjunction with the Departments of Housing, Transportation, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, and Public Works are seeking an experienced artist, or artist-led team to develop an artwork that uses energy efficient LED lighting that will be installed at Coleman underpass to increase safety, visibility and to encourage active transportation to and from this district at all hours. This project will engage residents in a participatory design process to enliven the streetscape beneath the Coleman overpass while also strengthening neighborhood identity. 

Project Budget: The project budget is $300,000. for design development, fabrication, and installation. Also included is a mandatory 10% contingency.

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.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to individual artists or artist-led teams working or living in the United States. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications. If submitting as a team, a professional artist must be the lead team member.

Artists currently under contract for an art project with the City of San José Public Art Program are not eligible to apply for this project unless their current project will be complete by February 2018, or the project is currently suspended with no proposed re-activation date. If you are unsure of your status, please contact Michael Ogilvie ( for verification

Website link and PDF of call (see Illuminated Underpass at Coleman Ave and Bassett Street):

Link to apply via CaFE and more detailed information:


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