2014 Broomfield Public Art Project in Open Space
3 Community Park Road
- Professional References: 3
- Artist Statement
- Letter of interest-a one to two page narrative outlining your qualifications and interest in this project, a general approach to this project, and previous relevant experience.
- Media Images: Up to 6
- Optional: a visual representation of one to three concept images may be submitted, artists will not be expected to commit to any preliminary ideas
The City and County of Broomfield Public Art Committee (PAC) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an original work of art for open space located in Broomfield Commons Community Park. The PAC will choose semifinalists who will be paid an honorarium for their proposals. The finalists will provide refined concepts, a maquette and work plans as requested. Installation is targeted for completion by May 31, 2015. Total project budget is $60,000.
PUBLIC ART AND PROJECT BACKGROUND
In 2001 the City and County of Broomfield adopted a comprehensive master plan, Creative Broomfield, for cultural development supporting creation of the Cultural Affairs Division, Cultural Council and the Public Art Committee (PAC). Formed to facilitate acquisition of public art for the City and County of Broomfield, the PAC created a public art master plan and guidelines. To review these documents and to learn more about the public art programs and permanent collection, please visit www.broomfieldpublicart.com.
The 2014 public art project will strengthen community identity and enhance a “sense of place” and community pride for people who live and work in the City and County of Broomfield. Please see the Addendum for a community profile and www.broomfield.org.
PROPOSED SITE DESCRIPTION
The Public Art Committee has chosen a popular open space property called Broomfield County Commons Open Space (BCC Open Space) as a public art site due to its high visibility, high use and public accessibility.
• Address: 13200 Sheridan Blvd, Broomfield, Colorado
• Site: open space located south of the champion athletic field which is just east of the concession stand, picnic, and restroom pavilion;
• Piece: integrate into natural environment without infringing on the integrity of the open space, particularly the wetland area;
The site for the artwork overlooks the wetland on the west end of the irrigation channel. Views exist across the wetland, wildlife trails, farm fields and mountains. Prairie grasses cover the site. Rabbit brush, a native shrub, provides a natural edge between the athletic fields to the north and the open space to the south. See the Addendum for a detailed description of the site and see www.broomfieldpublicart.com for additional pictures.
PROJECT BUDGET Up to $60,000
The project budget will be all-inclusive and must cover design fees, travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, insurance, architect/engineering fees, shipping and transportation to the site, and all costs related to installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility. The artist is responsible for working with the PAC and Broomfield representatives to oversee all aspects of art installation.
The PAC will review Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions to select semi-finalists for the Commons Park site. Artists will be selected based upon past works and experience. Semi-finalists will be paid an honorarium for refined concepts, a maquette and work plans including detailed budget as requested. Artists may be requested to give an in-person or virtual presentation to the Public Art Committee on November 12, 2104. Semifinalist will be expected to pay for travel expenses from the honorarium.
Artists are strongly encouraged to review the PAC Guidelines prior to submitting their RFQs. Under these guidelines, a chosen artwork must reflect:
1. Quality: The consideration of highest priority is the inherent artistic excellence of the artwork as well as a broad range of appeal to the general public.
2. Timelessness: Artwork will be viewed as a long-term acquisition that should have aesthetic relevance to the community in future years and reflect enduring artistic quality. The artwork should celebrate creativity and establish a “sense of place.”
3. Site Compatibility and Appropriateness: Artwork must be appropriate in scale, material, form and content for both the immediate and general, social and physical environment in which the artwork will be placed. The artwork should have connection to the chosen site.
4. Elements of Design: The PAC takes into account that public artwork may have consideration beyond the aesthetic; it may serve to establish focal points, define spaces, or establish a cultural identity. The artwork will be viewed from all angles; artists should consider the entire surface of the piece when planning the design.
5. Permanence and Safety: Consideration will be given to structural and surface integrity, permanence, and protection against theft, vandalism, weathering, and excessive maintenance and repair costs. The artwork should be durable and safe for interaction with the public, especially children.
6. Diversity: The PAC strives for diversity in style, scale, media and artists.
The art piece will be installed outside and exposed to the elements, including harsh sun, high winds, wide fluctuations in temperature and moisture. Materials must require little or no maintenance and must be able to withstand the test of time. Painted artwork should use pigment designed to withstand the elements.
The piece cannot: 1) interfere with the movement, safety and security of pedestrians; 2) hinder or require significant additional grounds maintenance; 3) adversely impact wildlife; 4) adversely impact the wetlands, or 4) adversely impact views in any significant way.
In addition, since this call is for artwork that will be installed in open space, the following guidelines have been suggested by the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee.
Artwork in open space:
- is incorporated into the site so that it blends well;
- is made of natural materials and uses neutral or natural colors;
- relates to the site and people on a human scale;
- could have an environmental purpose;
- could provide environmental education.
Please see the Addendum for more background on Broomfield Open Space.