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City seeks artists for two outdoor art pieces

May 13 is deadline to enter

Posted: April 28, 2010 11:30 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2010 2:44 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita is seeking an artist (or team of artists) to create two permanent, outdoor art pieces (one large piece (A) and one smaller artwork (B) ) to be situated prominently at the entrance of the newly expanded McBean Regional Transit Center, located immediately west of the existing Bus Transfer Center located at 24375 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita 91355.

The goal is to incorporate art at the site as an enhancement to the project.

The proposed McBean Regional Transit Center Park and Ride is a vacant, 5.7-acre lot (4.9 acres to be improved) located along the north side of Valencia Boulevard approximately 550 feet west of the Valencia Boulevard/McBean Parkway intersection.

The location of the new Transit Center expansion will be situated near a suburban/residential area, which includes some open space as well.

The artworks will serve as a gateway to the newly expanded Transit Center and will be visible to motorists as they travel on Valencia Boulevard.

For the larger art piece (A), the artist will have a space available to them for use that is 50 feet wide and 100 feet long. For the smaller accompanying piece (B), the space available is 50 feet wide and 20 feet long.

These significant outdoor artworks will be highly visible and must compliment the city's aesthetic in style, scale and medium. Artists' are encouraged to use all types of materials for this project including but not limited to: stone, metal, wood, car parts (both old and new), tire(s), and used bicycle parts.

The project should address the theme of transportation, and can also consider the ideas of time, movement, cycles, schedules and direction.

The following project goals will help guide the selection of the commissioned artwork:

-- Artwork is of an original, site-specific design(s).

--Artwork is fabricated in a durable, low maintenance material that will withstand the heat and other elements of Santa Clarita.

-- Artwork is complementary to the overall context of the Center and surrounding area.

-- Artwork has strong public appeal and will be embraced by the local community.

In order to meet the growing demand for the public transportation and alternative modes of transportation the city intends to construct a new Park and Ride adjacent to the McBean Regional Transit Center. This surface level project will provide up to 288 parking spaces dedicated for transit patron use including disabled parking.

Additional amenities will include bike racks, passenger drop off areas, bus shelters and benches, six (6) bus bays, fencing, site lighting and landscaped areas that will buffer the facility from nearby homes.

A budget of $30,000.00 must cover all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to, design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation, insurance, consulting fees (such as structural engineering or testing), installation, permit fees, per diem, and taxes for both pieces.

It is the responsibility of the artist to purchase all the art materials necessary to complete the project.

The project is open to all artists, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, natural origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

May 13 - Deadline to submit materials to the Arts and Events Office

May 20 - Santa Clarita Arts Commission meets to select 3 artists' for the proposal phase. Each artist will receive a stipend of $500 for this phase of the project.

June 9 - Selected Artists must present their project design for consideration to the Arts Commission and community at a Public Meeting on the project. In order to receive the stipend/honorarium, the finalists will be required to present and submit a detailed conceptual design proposal that includes the following:

-- To-scale renderings of the proposed artistic enhancement, location, and orientation

-- A written description and/or sample of the materials to be used and written substantiation of their appropriateness

-- A timeline for the design, fabrication, and installation

-- A written budget for all project costs (not to exceed)

-- A brief written narrative describing the concept, theme, and intent of the proposal

June 17 - Artist or Artists are selected by the Arts Commission for the project.

June 18 - Artist Agreement sent to the winning artist(s).

June 28 - Agreement returned to Arts and Events Office.

Spring 2011 - Completed artwork installed at McBean Regional Transit Center.

The city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events Office and Santa Clarita Arts Commission reserve the right to change the project timeline.

Artists interested in being considered should submit the following application materials by May 13:

-- Letter of Interest. The letter should be no more than one page in length and should explain the artist (team) interest in the project.

-- Current resume. If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member.

-- Three examples of the artist's work. Art examples may be in any visual medium or a combination of mediums, such as photographs, slides, computer prints, etc. Each art example must be clearly labeled with the artist's name, the title of the piece, and medium.

-- SASE. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included for the return of application materials.

-- Optional. The artist may include up to three (3) selections of support materials such as review, news articles, and other related information.


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