Community Art Project – Request for Proposals
The City of Fishers and Fishers Urban Development are
seeking qualified artists to create design concepts which reflect the City’s
vision of a smart, entrepreneurial, vibrant community. The concepts should convey the spirit of the
artwork they would evolve into. They
would be showcased on the east side of the parking structure, known as the Edge
development which serves as a gateway to the City’s the City’s downtown area,
Nickel Plate District.
The artwork would be displayed on a series of 7 panels which
will each be approximately 23 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Artists are invited to submit up to three
sets of design concepts for this public art project.
The submissions are due at City Hall to the Community
Development Department (2nd Floor) and must be stamped no later than
noon EST on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
The budget allocated to this portion of the project is a maximum of $30,000. It is intended to cover the costs associated
with the development of the artists’ creative work and the cost of the artist
traveling to Fishers to attend the unveiling.
Th reproduction of the artwork to the banners and the actual
installation will be managed by the City and Fishers Urban Development via a
separate budget process.
The City of Fishers is a rapidly growing community of 90,000
which is located in central Indiana. It
is known as a great place to grow a business and raise a family. As the community matures, there is an
increasing desire to use public art as a mechanism to define spaces and integrate
them in terms of the broader context within which they exist.
The City is currently articulating the details of its vision
for Fishers which is to create a community that is smart, vibrant and
entrepreneurial. The design concepts should embrace the spirit of this vision. In
addition to the high volume of pedestrian and cyclist traffic, 32,000 vehicles
pass by the site daily.
This photo shows the front of “The Edge.” It is a mixed use building which wraps around the parking structure. It is home to 20,000 SF of retail space on the ground level and 40,000 SF of office space on the second and third floor. The Edge is situated on a prominent corner which acts a gateway into Fishers from the interstate. It boasts bold, contemporary architecture which embraces a host of building materials ranging from classic Indiana limestone, to brick, glass and metal.
This photo shows the visibility of the parking structure from the bridge over the interstate. The artwork will be an iconic, landmark piece welcoming all to Fishers. It is noteworthy that only a portion of the façade is visible from this perspective. Design concepts should be sure to activate these portions of the banners so the impact of this visual can be optimized.
The Nickel Plate District has experienced robust development in recent years. This growth includes mixed- use developments, offices, residential units, restaurants and retail uses. City Hall is centrally located within the District and it is flanked by an amphitheater which hosts concerts and cultural events year round.
A welcoming community green is situated in front of City Hall. It encourages social interaction, relaxation and recreation. The area is highly walkable, encourages diverse, innovative architecture and projects a vibrant urban vibe. These elements should be celebrated in this public art project.
This link provides additional information and multiple visuals of the Nickel Plate District. The District is the geographic area where the parking structure is located. http://www.fishers.in.us/index.aspx?NID=463.
The End Product
The intent is of this public art project is to invite people to explore the area, to define the space, to encourage community engagement and to nurture a strong sense of place.
The banners will be showcased on the façade of the parking structure shown in the following photo. They will be approximately 23 feet tall and 7 feet wide. A banner will hang from the top of the building to the bottom of the second floor. Exact dimensions for each banner will be confirmed prior to the final artwork being designed.
Nine banners will be hung, one in between each of the 9 columns shown. Two of those will be provided by the City and will be used by Fishers to promote specific events. The other 7 banners in the center will comprise the art installation.
Each set of banners will provide a visual boost to the area. In order to optimize the impact of the banners, they will be changed from time to time. The intent is to commission 3 sets of 7 panels worth of art work. Artists are invited to submit one, two or three design concepts for the type of art that is envisioned for each display set.
The panels can work together to present a single image or each panel may be an individual work. The artist is free to determine which approach conveys their vision best.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate the proposed design concepts and the artists’ qualifications.
The City of Fishers has a Community Art Master Plan which articulates a process for the selection of public art projects. This project will follow the process as outlined in that document. A link to the Fishers Community Arts Master Plan is included for your reference. http://www.fishers.in.us/documentcenter/view/523.
The master plan outlines the membership of the selection committee which will consists of experts in their respective fields. It is comprised of artists, art advocates, the property owner, and a representative from city council, Fishers Arts Council, Nickel Plate Arts and city staff.
The Selection Committee will review the qualifications and the design concepts and select a few finalists. The finalists will be invited to meet with the committee (in person or virtually) to discuss their concepts and explore how to incorporate the Committee’s input into a final design.
The Selection Committee will select three preferred design concepts they would like to potentially have developed into a set of banners. Once identified, the artist will work with the Committee to design, refine and finalize the artwork.
The committee reserves the right to cancel the opportunity, as the best interest of the project May dictates.
Artists are asked to submit the following information on a flash drive labelled with” their name/ The Edge Project”, plus one paper poster (24 by 36 inch) for each set of design concepts presented. These must be high resolution images.
Previous Work Sample Images
Previous Work Sample List
Week of March 21 - Release the RFQ
May 5 - Submittals due at Noon EST
Week of May 16 - Selection Committee reviews the submittals
Week of May 23 - Finalists present qualifications & design concepts to the Committee
Week of May 30 - Notification of selection
June - July - Design phase
Mid - August - Selection committee reviews the end product
Late August - Production of banners &installation completed
September - Unveiling with Artist in Attendance (Tied to some event in the Nickel Plate District)
View the project PowerPoint here.
View a Q&A for the project here.