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Corridor Wall Sculpture, Alamo Colleges District, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio, TX


Budget: $30,000
Activated: 07/30/2021
Deadline: 09/06/2021
Call Summary
Northeast Lakeview College seeks an artist to create a sculpture, horizontal hanging piece or electronic piece of art using sound, movement or light in the central axis corridor for an 80,000 square foot STEM building. This elevated corridor sculpture will be in a key, signature area, seen from both within the building and out. The artwork should weigh no more than 250-300 lbs. and be created from a safe, lightweight, colorful material that will hold up in a high traffic and light filled area. If the piece is electronic in any way, the artist will have an additional allowance to cover the cost of the engineering and mechanics. However, the piece must be installed turnkey, use only a 120V electrical outlet and power source, follow all safety protocols and be reliable and easy to maintain.

The commissioned design should thoughtfully respond to this community, its location and be in alignment with the mission and vision of the Alamo Colleges District.
Budget Description
A base award of $30,000 for a static design.

Any mechanical, digital or motorized artwork will have an additional allowance of $10-15,000 to support the work’s creation and installation. Artists will be required to show evidence that mechanical, digital or motorized artwork will be easy to turn off and on, follow safety requirements and have a lifespan of 5-10 years. The artist will need to justify why this additional budget is needed for successful completion and longevity.

This budget includes all artists fees and costs associated with the design and installation of the artwork.
Project Description
“The vision of the Art Program for the Northeast Lakeview College STEM campus is to reflect and encourage creative collaborations through artwork incorporated into our built environment. We encourage artworks in all permanent and sustainable media that celebrate and champion curiosity, creativity, and the powers of inquiry, observation, and investigation. We hope these artworks will integrate effectively into classes and meeting rooms, and public areas while encouraging dialogue between multiple disciplines of learning and engagement into new areas of discovery.”

Artwork Goals
Artwork size should be approximately 10’- 60 ‘x 7’.

The artist selected for this project will be expected to propose a design that:
• reflects the diversity of the community
• aesthetically relates to the new building
• utilizes the presence of natural light and work to coordinate the built lighting to highlight art piece at night
• conveys a layered feel to allow visitors to see new elements each time they walk past
• assists in the wayfinding process
• reflects the educational themes and disciplines of a STEM campus in some creative interpretation
• is a signature piece for the building and a draw for the campus

Ideas for incorporation in art calls:

• Particle accelerators/ when particles collide
• Quantum Dots
• The electromagnetic spectrum
• Lichtenberg figures
• Barton’s pendulums
• Space in general/astronomy
• Electric/magnetic fields
• Projectile motion

• Periodic Table and electron shells periodic trends/ ionization energy/ atomic size/ electronegativity
• Atomic orbitals
• Spelling out words with Elements
• Close up chemical reaction/Crystal formation
• Microscopic view of reactions
• Individual chemicals/molecular geometry

• Crystal Forms and Geodes
• Igneous/Metamorphic/Sedimentary rock (rock Cycle)
• Instruction through art
• Geology Rocks! Display space for specimens
• Fossil forms
• Mountains and other basic geological formations (sedimentary folds)
• Solar system
• Plate Tectonics

• TEXAS A&M Zachry building art (data usage in the building sculpture)(
• Interactivity
• Fractals and pixilations

• Circuit boards
• Wave Pools
• Standing waves
• Geometric forms
• Mechanics and machines
Artwork Location Description
Corridor wall sculpture will be placed in the main atrium corridor of entrance to STEM building.
This call is open to artists 21 years or older residing in Texas. Artists must also demonstrate other professional completions and references. Attention to detail, timeline and budget are essential.

Media: All media will be accepted taking into consideration durability, safety and weight. Can have a light, sound or motorized component. Can use the entire wall area or main signature area.

Artist should have experience to complete this project through (AUTOCAD 2019) design, fabrication and installation phases.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 10
Artist Statement: 800 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 800 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
This is an RFQ/ RFP call and artist will be selected on past work and styles. Northeast Lakeview College will review the short list and select artists to move forward to an RFP process with an award or stipend paid to two finalists for proposals not selected. Decision is expected in early to mid-September to enable the art to be created and installed by Summer 2022. Architect will be overseeing the weight and any additional blocking this sculpture might require to be installed safely in this public area.

Artists selected to submit proposals will have approximately 4 weeks to prepare a proposal. Artist should have the experience to complete this project through multiple design phases.
Selection Criteria
RFQ/RFP of artists will be evaluated in these areas:
• Artistic merit and technical quality of the body of work.
• Strong professional qualifications and/or experience completing large scale sculpture/public works.
• Demonstrated ability to work on time, on budget.
• Compatibility with the mission of Alamo Colleges District.

Technical parameters for a successful artwork:
• Digital rendering of how artwork will look in space.
• Use colors or forms that relate and compliment a STEM facility's values and principles.
• Artists should have a proficiency in a variety of technical areas and be able to convey clearly how artwork will be integrated into the building. (AUTO CAD 2019)
• Artist should be willing to work with design team and make revisions as requested.
• Artist selected should have the ability to work well with the design team.
• Artist should be able to explain the additional mechanical components and use of extended budget. Artist must explain and show costs up front, how piece is to be cared for and longevity expected.
• Call will open on July 30, 2021
• Call closes on Monday, September 6th, at 10:59PM CST. Applications are time stamped. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
• Finalists will be notified mid-September 2021, and will have 4 weeks to complete and submit proposals.
• Artist will be selected by end of October and begin work by November 1st, 2021.
• Completion of building and installation, August 15th, 2022.
Additional Resources
STEM Art Placement as of 7/2/21 (PDF)
En Español (PDF)
Contact Information
Crystal Hollis



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