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City of Sugar Land Traffic Box Wrap Project


Budget: $5,500
Activated: 03/16/2018
Deadline: 05/03/2018 10:00 AM Central Time
Call Summary
The City of Sugar Land is seeking artists to aesthetically treat utility infrastructure throughout the community. Artists will be commissioned to transform traffic signal control boxes in Sugar Land from functional infrastructure into colorful and inspired works of art.
Budget Description
Each artist or artist team will receive a $500 honorarium for their design and the unlimited, licensed use of that design for program purposes. Fabrication and installation of wraps is not part of the artist’s work.
Project Description
The City of Sugar Land, with input from the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) and community members, will select up to eleven artists and artist teams to develop designs for signal boxes in Sugar Land. Artists will submit digital files that can be fabricated into vinyl wraps. Signal box locations include areas along ALT 90 from HWY 6 to Dairy Ashford Road. The Project Planning Committee will determine the specific location of each artwork.
Artwork Goals
• Beautifies the right-of-way
• Provides a memorable welcome for visitors to Sugar Land
• Enhances an area in Sugar Land that could be a future Cultural District
• Supports the City of Sugar Land’s reputation as a place to see art
• Brightens drive for commuters
• Engages the community and builds the capacity of local arts organizations
Artwork Location Description
Traffic cabinets to be wrapped are located along HW90 between US59 and HW6. The selection committee will assign specific traffic cabinet locations to selected artist designs.

Wraps will be removed after 1-3 years depending on condition. They may be removed at any time at the discretion of the City of Sugar Land.

Traffic Box locations include:
• 90 at HW6
• 90 at University Blvd.
• 90 at Ulrich St.
• 90 at Brooks St.
• 90 at Main St.
• 90 at Savoy St.
• 90 at Lombardy Dr.
• 90 at Gillingham Ln.
• 90 at Schlumberger Dr.
• 90 at Industrial Dr.
• 90 at Dairy Ashford Rd.
Site History
LOCATION: Along HW90 between US59 and HW6
• Artists, students, schools and community organizations are encouraged to apply.
• This opportunity is limited to Sugar Land-area, and regional artists (living/working within 70-mile radius of Sugar Land, Texas).
• Artists who apply in teams will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on their design. All artists contributing to a team project will receive equal recognition for their artistic input, but will need to divide the $500 stipend amongst themselves as they desire.
• Staff members, board members, advisory board members, City Council members and/or family members of City of Sugar Land are ineligible to apply.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 3 - 5
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Include a description of how the artist or artist team meets the criteria listed in the RFQ. Please do not exceed 500-word maximum.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Each artist is to submit the full allotment of work examples.
Additional Requirements
JPG - Design for traffic box wrap utilizing provided template Image/Video Upload
PDF - Design for traffic box wrap utilizing provided template Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
• In the creation of designs, please carefully consider the sample template provided at the last page this document. Designs must conform to the shape of the attached template. Actual size of traffic boxes may vary. Selected artists should be prepared to coordinate with the City of Sugar Land and the SLCAF to finalize the design.
• “Sweet Things” is the theme of this call, allowing for open interpretation and creativity to make a lasting impression on residents and viewers. “Sweet Things” reflects Sugar Land’s founding as a sugar plantation and is also a reference to the present growth and prosperity the city is experiencing.
• The art may be a new original piece or an existing work of the artist, but may not be on display in other public art programs. This does not include ongoing gallery exhibitions.
• The art may be representational or abstract, but may not contain advertising, religious art, sexual content, negative imagery, or convey political partisanship.
• Due to the heat sensitivity of the electronics contained within the utility boxes, artists are discouraged from using very dark color palates in their designs.
• Submitted designs must illustrate original artwork and/or graphic design.
• All submissions must be provided digitally.
• Artists may submit up to (3) designs for consideration.

IMPORTANT: You must upload a "Design for traffic box wrap utilizing provided template" under Additional Requirements. You can choose to either upload a PDF file or a JPG file.
Selection Criteria
Criteria used to select artwork include, but are not limited to: appropriateness of art to the community, aesthetic quality, site suitability, quality of previous work, and commitment to carrying out the project.

Completed artwork will become a part of the City of Sugar Land’s Public Art collection and will be owned by the City. Selected artists will sign a licensing agreement and participation waiver with the City of Sugar Land.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:00am CST
Additional Resources
Map of Locations (PDF)
Traffic Box Template (JPG)
Traffic Box Diagram (EPS)
Contact Information
Lindsay Davis
Cultural Arts Manager
P.O. Box 110
Sugar Land TX 77487 United States