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Calesa Township Tunnel #1 Mural in Ocala, Florida


Budget: $48,000
Activated: 04/10/2021
Deadline: 05/06/2021
Call Summary
Colen Built Development and Civic Icon Arts are placing a Request for Qualifications for a pedestrian tunnel mural with a community engagement component. The selected artist/artist team will show experience in working in large murals that include community engagement. The selected artists will be expected to work with the local community so as to achieve youth involvement in the onsite artwork process. Three finalists will be shortlisted and compensated $650 for conceptual designs. Commissioned artwork should reflect the history and values of site and its developer. The mural will be located at Calesa Township, a master-planned community designed for families of all ages where an extensive winding trail system leads to onsite schools, an aquatic center, and wide-open spaces. The selected artist/artist team will be expected to visit the site prior to installation and work with the commissioning bodies on site logistics as the site is still under construction. Only artists who are living in the State of Florida are eligible to apply. Indigenous artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
Budget Description
The artist/artist team selected will receive $48,000 to cover design, transportation, lodging, materials, labor, installation, insurance, community engagement and any other costs associated with the artwork. The fee will be paid half on invoice as a deposit after contract execution and half on invoice after satisfactory completion.
Project Description
This is a commissioning of new mural work by Civic Icon Arts and Colen Built Development for its new development, Calesa Township.
The mural work must cover the entire inside of pedestrian Tunnel #1. The size of the tunnel is 120’ in length, and 8’ in height. The substrate is uncoated concrete. The materials used for the mural need to withstand a high traffic, public environment and be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions common to the state of Florida (high UV exposure, high humidity, high temperatures, heavy rain, frequent storms, high winds, etc.) The mural must be covered with a UV and graffiti resistant clearcoat that is able to withstand washing/maintenance.
The project must also include community engagement and local youth in some portion of the artwork installation.
Artwork Goals
The goal of the project is to create a meaningful work of Public Art that welcomes residents and visitors as they pass through pedestrian Tunnel #1. The artwork should be unique and engaging for pedestrians and reflective of the site and developer’s history and goals. Calesa Township will be a welcoming mix of spacious single-family homes where neighbors and friends come together as community. Calesa Township will be fun, fitness-oriented family living.
Artwork Location Description
Calesa Township is located at SW 80th St, Ocala, FL 34476. Tunnel #1 is located underneath the public spine road that runs through the entire community. The design of Calesa Township is pedestrian friendly and the well-placed connective tunnels are designed to minimize the interaction of foot-travelers and bikers with cars on the road. This site is still under construction. Please do not visit the site without authorization.
Site History
Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1947 by the late Sidney Colen, our award winning, family-owned building and development company has built many thousands of homes in Florida for people of all ages. In 1975, Colen brought his experience and vision to Ocala with the purchase of Circle Square Ranch, a 13,000 acre working cattle ranch. The “Colen Built” legacy of building quality homes in exceptional communities that customers are proud to own lives on in every home we deliver.
Only artists who are living in the State of Florida are eligible to apply. Indigenous artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 4 - 12
Letter of Interest: 1200 word maximum
Please explain your interest in this project, your approach to public art, and your past experience with community engagement in public art.
References: 2
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Image Descriptions Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
The selection panel will be comprised of commission organization representatives, community representatives, and artists. The shortlisted artist/artist team’s conceptual designs will be reviewed by the same selection panel. Only applications that are complete at the time of submission will be considered. If any portion of the application is incomplete, the artist/artist team will be disqualified.
The selected artist/artist team must contract with Colen Built Development for this project. The selected artist/artist team must carry liability insurance for the duration of this project. Colen Built Development and Civic Icon Arts reserve the right to photograph the work and/or the artist/artist team for documentation, education, and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Accepting a proposal from an artist/artist team does not constitute any form on contract or agreement with respect to the project. Colen Built Development and Civic Icon Arts reserve the right to request additional information from artist/artist team and make changes/clarification to the RFQ if necessary. Colen Built Development and Civic Icon
Selection Criteria
Artist/Artist Teams will be shortlisted on the following criteria:
Quality of previous work.
Past community engagement work.
Letter of Intent.
The final Artist/Artist Team will be selected on the following criteria:
Quality of conceptual design.
Community engagement plan.
Ability to fulfill RFQ requirements.
Durability and longevity of materials used.
Ease of maintenance.
Deadline: May 6, 2021
Anticipated Notification of Shortlist: May 17, 2021
Anticipated Site Visit: Week of May 31, 2021
Anticipated Presentation Date: Week of June 14, 2021
Work anticipated to begin: July 2021
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Contact Information
Pamela Zeljak
Orlando FL



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