THIS CALL HAS CLOSED.
Beautifying Sugar Land’s Streets
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.
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. Artists can submit (and be awarded) up to 3 designs.
The total project budget is $30,000, and includes all aspects of the artist call, fabrication, and installation. The City of Sugar Land’s Public Art Program will administer this project, with assistance provided by the SLCAF as noted herein. All payments and contracts will go through the City and artists will be paid an honorarium of $500 per box for the use of their design.
Description of Opportunity
The City of Sugar Land’s Public Art Program is pleased to partner with the Public Works Department and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) in offering this opportunity. In November 2016, the Public Art Plan was adopted by City Council outlining a vision and programmatic direction for public art in Sugar Land. Temporary public art projects are one of the categories of projects determined to be most meaningful to Sugar Land and a priority for the Public Art Program’s resources.
SLCAF will provide significant assistance for this project, as they will lead efforts to promote the City’s RFP, administer a public meeting to educate the community about the application process by hosting a community-wide information session, liaise with the City regarding administration of the project, and oversee the execution of fabrication efforts and installation process. This is an opportunity for the SLCAF to gain experience leading a community-level public art project and grow their abilities to spearhead such projects. Ultimately, the City will oversee all aspects of the project, including issuing the RFP, offering technical assistance and administrative support, and holding all legal contracts with the artists, as well as paying the artists and vendors. The City will also make certain each milestone of this project adheres to the Project Plan and the Public Art Program’s process.
This project will solicit artists to design artwork to “wrap” around traffic boxes. It is recommended that a vinyl wrap material be used that is completely reversible and allows for more control over the quality of production. Artists will submit a design based on the specifications outlined in the open call RFP. Then, the wrap will be fabricated and installed by a professional company, rather than alternative methods utilized by other cities where in the artist paints directly onto the electrical box. The method chosen is beneficial for Sugar Land because it ensures uniformity, correct application, standardization, and reduces risk. Maintenance of the traffic boxes has been successfully undertaken by Public Works in order to ensure that each box is standing upright.
Phase One of this project was completed in FY18 with thirteen traffic boxes wrapped located along HW90 between Interstate HW 59 and HW6. The project was well received by the community, and there has been a groundswell of support for another phase of traffic boxes to be wrapped.
To learn more about Phase One of the traffic box wrap project, please visit: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1702/Traffic-Box-Public-Art-Project.
Create a temporary art project that:
• 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
This project will fulfill the vision of the Public Art Program by beautifying Sugar Land and building the city’s reputation as an arts and culture destination.
It will fulfill the mission of the Public Art Program by: collaborating with City departments to commission new artworks; collaborate with developers and homeowners’ associations to commission new artworks; and promote a deeper understanding of public art.
It will fulfill the goals of the Public Art Program by: creating memorable, meaningful places that are focal points for civic and community life; creating whimsy and delight in everyday places; and enhancing the appearance of infrastructure.
It will fulfill City Council’s mid-term priorities by: Building Community: Diverse Cultures, Leisure, Arts (Expand Arts throughout the Community).
It will fulfill City Council Vision 2032 by: Principle B, Beautiful Community (Attractive, well-designed and well-maintained public buildings, streetscapes incorporating gateways, public spaces and public art throughout the city); Principle H, Outstanding Cultural Arts, Educational and Recreational Opportunities (Public art throughout the city); Principle K, Community Pride in Sugar Land (City working in partnership with residents, community organizations, businesses and other government entities).
|Artwork Location Description
Locations (subject to change)
1. Hwy 59 @ Hwy 90 (under overpass)
2. Hwy 59 @ Sugar Creek Blvd. (under overpass)
3. Hwy 59 @ Williams Trace Blvd./Sugar Lakes Dr. (under overpass)
4. Hwy 59 @ HW 6 (under overpass)
5. Hwy 59 @ Sweetwater Blvd. (under overpass)
6. Hwy 59 @ University Blvd. (under overpass)
7. Hwy 59 @ Grand Parkway (under overpass)
8. Brooks St. @ Guenther St. (Near Hwy 90)
9. Meadowcroft Blvd. @ First Colony Blvd. (Near IJKC)
10. Colony Square @ First Colony Blvd.
11. Hwy 59 @ First Colony Blvd./Sweetwater Blvd.
12. Lexington Blvd. @ Sweetwater Blvd.
13. Lexington Blvd. @ University Blvd.
14. Commonwealth Blvd. @ University Blvd.
15. Town Center Blvd. N. @ Mall Ring Rd. (near Sugar Land City Hall)
• 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).
• 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.
• Artists have the ability to be selected for more than one traffic box design.
• Staff members, board members, advisory board members, City Council members and/or family
members of City of Sugar Land are ineligible to apply.
Work examples: 3
Letter of Interest: 200 word maximum
Letter of Intent - Include a description of how the artist or artist team meets the criteria listed in the RFP. Please do not exceed 150-word maximum.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Process - Open Competition RFP
• Recruit an artist through an open competition Request for Proposals (RFP), which is a publicly circulated call to artists in which artists are asked to submit a concept for the artwork they would create. The RFP will be administered via www.PublicArtist.org, and will require all electronic submission through this platform.
• The Public Art Program will host one public meeting to educate the community about how to apply to this public art opportunity.
• This project will convene a Selection Panel that will be comprised of three to seven people who represent various stakeholders for the project, as well as art and design professionals. At least one PARCS Advisory Board member shall be on each panel, but PARCS Board members should not be a majority of the members of a Selection Panel.
Submission Guidelines and Design Considerations
o 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.
o “Sugar Land Everywhere” is the theme of this call, allowing for open interpretation and creativity to make a lasting impression on residents and viewers. “Sugar Land Everywhere” is meant to reflect Sugar Land’s spirit. This could be a theme that illustrates the environment, history, community, general beauty of Sugar Land, or something else that is relevant. Artists are encouraged to use their unique talents and creativity to interpret “Sugar Land Everywhere.”
o 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.
City of Sugar Land
Request for Proposals (RFP), Traffic Box Art Wrap Project
o The art may be representational or abstract, but may not contain advertising, religious art, sexual content, negative imagery, or convey political partisanship.
o 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.
o Submitted designs must illustrate original artwork and/or graphic design. o All submissions must be provided digitally.
o Artists may submit up to (3) designs for consideration.
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.
RFP Open Call - Tuesday, August 6, 2019
RFP Deadline - Friday, September 20, 2019, at 10:00am CST
Artists Notified - By October 2019
|RFP Document (PDF)|
|Map of Locations (PDF)|
|Template for Artist Design (PDF)|