Call for Public Art - Dudley Park
- Call Summary
- Project Overview & Site Description
- Public Art Goals & Criteria
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists to submit their proposals for consideration in the picnic shelter and restroom facility area at Dudley Park, Athens, Georgia. The selected artist(s)will work with the ACAC and government staff to create an artwork that compliments the park’s environment.
Athens-Clarke County, GA is a university town known for its historic, diverse, and creative environment. Dudley Park’s renovation is a SPLOST funded project. Its central location is at the edge of downtown Athens, accessible to UGA student apartments, and a historic and culturally diverse residential neighborhood. The park’s location is bordered by the North Oconee River, Oak Street, North poplar St., and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. The shelter and restrooms are located at the south end of the park. The Greenway, a conservation area and multi-use linear trial runs through the park along the N. Oconee River. The Firefly Trail, a Rails-to- Trails project, also runs through the park. Consequently, Dudley Park draws a wide variety of visitors. Moreover, the park renovation includes additional feature such as an amphitheater, and future programming will expand its attraction and uses.
The site for installation of public art will be on or, if a bike rack, near the north or west exterior walls of the restroom building. The north wall has two notice boards and water fountains located at the center, with heavy timber trusses under the overhang. The west wall has 2 entrance doors.
The goals for including public art in this project are to enhance the park’s public facilities visual appeal. A stakeholder group has identified the following criteria for the art in the public area:
- Original work created by the submitting artist(s)
- Quality art in design and execution
- Installation does not obstruct pedestrians
- Enjoyable for pedestrians walking by and from the adjoining access road
- Compatible with surroundings, related to the site (e.g., nature, leisure)
- Materials that are highly durable, non-toxic, and resistant to normal weathering and vandalism
- Materials should stand up to normal weathering, vandalism, and wear and tear
- Does not require power or water
- Requires minimal maintenance
The stakeholder group identified two types of artwork that are preferred for this site: A) a mural, or B) a 3-dimensional artwork--either a bike rack or a sculpture that can be attached to a wall or fill the triangular gaps/spaces of the structural gable at the end of the north wall. Depending on the proposed artwork type, the following considerations will apply.
A. Mural - Considerations:
- The building’s exterior walls have a rough surface: rock covers the lower section, and board and baton planks covers the area above the rock.
- The mural should be from materials that will last for a minimum of 10 years with frequent cleaning
- Graffiti is frequently sprayed on items in the park.
B. Three Dimensional Piece – Considerations:
- The building’s exterior walls have a rough surface: rock covers the lower section, and board and baton planks cover the area above the rock
- If the proposed piece is 3-dimensional and designed to be attached to the wall, it must be installed with enough space between the art and the wall to allow for periodic washing the area by maintenance crew
- Three-dimensional pieces, if installed on the west wall, shall not block or restrict ADA accessibility to the restroom doors or signs
- Fabricator must provide crane hooks for installation purposes if needed
- If a bike rack is proposed, please refer to the websites below for valuable information about designing a bike rack:
- A bike rack design must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- A bike rack design must comply with local codes and ordinances
- Only proposals that pass safety evaluation by Athens-Clarke County Engineer(s) may be considered (e.g. no sharp edges, no points, no gaps/spaces large enough to pass a 4-inch sphere, etc.)
- Three-dimensional piece(s) could also be some form of metalwork that could fill the triangular gaps/spaces of the heavy timber structural gable end of the north wall. Be sure the design does not allow sharp points or openings larger than 4” for public safety.
The project is open to professional artists (or art teams) 18 years and older, who are legal residents of and reside in the United States. It is preferable that the artist(s) have experience working with public art projects and community government.
The budget for this project is $9,500 all-inclusive. This means including, but not limited to design, materials, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation, engineering requirements, permitting, foundations, additional structural supports, if needed, and artist’s fees.
The following timeline is contingent on project construction schedule but is current as of this RFP:
- Application deadline: Sunday, August 30, 2020
- Safety evaluation by Athens-Clarke County Engineer(s) if necessary
- Selection panel convenes
- Application status update
- Mayor and Commission approval
- Artist contract with Athens-Clarke County, then begin work
- Art installation
All proposals must be submitted to Athens-Clarke County’s online system of calls for entry, care of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC).
All of the following must accompany your submission to be considered by a citizen selection panel:
- Artist(s) contact information, including your name(s), mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail. Please do not identify the artist(s) on the public art concept or description (including links to website), so that the selection panel process is anonymous.
- A resume of your credentials and related experience.
- A list of professional references with their contact information.
- A title and description of your public art concept for the project. Include a materials list, any needs for special equipment or the like, and a timeline for producing and installing the artwork. Provide enough detail to support your images (#5) and budget (#6).
- Up to five (5) images of your proposed design, annotated with image descriptions such as perspective, scale, etc. May include additional images, if needed. The media chosen to convey your design(s) is up to your discretion, whether hand-drawn, computer generated, digital media, or photograph examples including previous work. However, all designs must be uploaded as a digital image to the application website.
- A budget that details all costs to execute the artwork including, but not limited to, design, engineering requirements contingency, materials, fabrication, installation, insurance, travel and artist(s) fees.
- A maintenance plan or special care instructions.
Summary of Contract Provisions
The artist(s) ultimately selected will be required to sign a contract with the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County that contains provisions including, but not limited to, the following:
- Requirements that the artist communicate and cooperate with Athens-
- Clarke County in any desired revisions the final design for the artwork;
- A timeline for the completion and installation of the artwork;
- Depending on the size and complexity of the artwork structural design and building permits may be required for the art.
- All cost associated with the art shall be included in the artist fee/budget for the art, including, but not limited to design, permitting, foundations, etc.
- Requirements that the artist produce and provide to Athens-Clarke County certain preliminary design documents, fabrication documents, maintenance plans, and fabrication, delivery, and installation schedules;
- Guidelines for the acceptance of the artwork by Athens-Clarke County and the passing of the title of the artwork from the artist to Athens-Clarke County;
- A compensation and payment schedule (e.g. no more than 20% of the cost of the art will be paid to the artist at the time of contract execution);
- Warranties by the artist that the artwork is solely the result of the artistic effort of the artist, the artwork is unique and original and does not infringe upon any copyright, and various other warranties;
- Insurance coverage to be provided by the artist for the risk of loss or damage to the artwork prior to the artwork being delivered to Athens-Clarke County;
- Insurance coverage to be provided by the artist for liability coverage while working on-site, if applicable;
- Indemnity agreement holding Athens-Clarke County harmless for damages associated with artist’s negligent performance of their services; and,
- Copyright provisions, including the artist’s waiver of rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA).
Andrew Salinas, Chairman
Athens Cultural Affairs Commission