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Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park


Budget: $31,000
Activated: 05/07/2019
Deadline: 06/20/2019 5:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department seeks to commission a durable, permanent exterior public artwork that creates a sense of identity and a sense of positivity through color, imagery and engagement with the nearby communities.
Budget Description
The AIPP 2% funding for this project comes from the 2012 Bond. The total award for an artist contract is $31,000, inclusive of design, fabrication and installation, including engineering and permitting fees, travel and shipping expenses, insurance and other project-related costs.
Project Description
The mid-sized shaded splash pad is the most popular feature of the Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park. Renovations to the area include new drainage and ADA accessibility, new retaining walls and concrete sidewalks, picnic areas and trash receptacles, a larger playscape area, new trees and vegetation are planned as well as a rain garden.
Artwork Goals
The Art in Public Places program seeks to commission works of art of redeeming quality that advance public understanding of visual art and enhance the aesthetic quality of public places through the selection of a qualified artist or artist team who can innovatively and thoughtfully design within the context of this project. The goal of the Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park AIPP Project is to select an artist/artist team who will design artwork that:

• cultivates an uplifting perspective through color, imagery or design;

• strengthens the identity of the park and enlightens the viewer about Ricky Guerrero and/or the neighborhood;

• demonstrates engagement between the artist and the nearby community; and

• is easily maintained and vandal resistant in an exterior environment.
Artwork Location Description
This public art opportunity is open to a range of ideas proposed by the selected artist, or artist team, in consultation with the project’s design team. The medium and location of the artwork will be determined through discussions between the artist, community stakeholders, the design team and the AIPP Panel. The artist(s) is/are expected to gather community input in the development of their design. Potential locations for artwork include, but are not limited to, incorporating artwork into the existing landscape box area, incorporating artwork into the existing seat walls near the splashpad or utilizing the covered space near the existing restrooms. Due to the challenges for maintenance of the artwork, only artwork of substantial durability and low maintenance needs will be considered. The total artwork budget for this project is $31,000.
Site History
Located in District 9, Ricky Guerrero Park is bordered by W. Live Oak St, W. Johanna St, S. 6th St. and West Bouldin Creek. The park is a small neighborhood park with a playground, picnic tables, a restroom area and a shaded splash pad. The splash pad is open during the City of Austin swim season. Being nestled along the banks of West Bouldin Creek, there are enjoyable views of the limestone creek bed which, depending on rainfall totals, is mostly dry.

In July of 1972 Ricky Guerrero Park was dedicated. Ricky Guerrero attended Austin High School and was lauded as an outstanding student and leader. He died in 1970 after a football injury. He was the son of Raul Guerrero, the superintendent of recreation for Austin.
Visual artists at least 18 years of age living and working in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnett, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Only one application per artist or artist team will be accepted (an artist may not apply as an individual and as a team member separately). Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees including employees of the Economic Development Department are ineligible to apply. Artists currently under contract and employees of the project consultants and sub-consultants are also ineligible to apply.

Artists that have active contracts for permanent artwork are not eligible for this call. Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
Letter of Interest: 600 word maximum
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
A Request for Qualifications will be distributed to professional visual artists who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties. Applications must be submitted through by the deadline. The City of Austin Art in Public Places Panel will convene a selection panel to evaluate the submissions. The selection panel and advisors shall review qualifications and select three finalists for interviews unless there is consensus on the selection of recommending one applicant and one alternate. The selection panel and advisors shall convene for interviews and select one artist/artist team and one alternate. This recommendation will be presented to the Art in Public Places Panel and Arts Commission for approval. The approved artist(s) will be put under a design + commission contract to coordinate with the City and project team to develop a final design, which is subject to approval by the AIPP Panel and the Austin Arts Commission prior to fabrication and installation.
Selection Criteria
The selection of an artist, or artist team, shall be based on whose qualifications best meet the requirements contained in the Request for Qualifications. In addition to the standard AIPP project selection criteria found on the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places website (, the Selection Panel will review and consider the following evaluation criteria:

» artistic merit and technical expertise;
» demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope;
» ability to successfully execute a public art project; and
» ability to successfully engage the Rosewood neighbourhood community
» Stakeholder and User Department approval.
Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)

March 2019
Approval of Prospectus by AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission

May 2019
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released
Project Information Meeting

June 2019
Completion of park improvements

July 2019
Selection of Finalists
Interviews and Selection of Artist + Alternate

August 2019
Approval of Artist and Alternate by AIPP Panel and Arts Commission
Artist(s) under contract

September 2019
Artist Meet with Design Team
Community Engagement

December 2019
Mid-Design review

March 2020
Final Design review

April 2020
Fabrication/Ordering of materials

August 2020 (pending fabrication timeline)
Installation of Artwork
Additional Resources
Unnamed Resource (PDF)
Contact Information
Marjorie Flanagan
Project Manager
201 E. 2nd St
Austin Texas 78701 United States