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Mural for Greentown Labs in The Ion District

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Budget: $30,000
Activated: 01/04/2022
Deadline: 02/04/2022
 
Call Summary
Greentown Labs and Rice Management Company request qualifications from professional artists or artist teams for an artistic wall application on the east wall of the new Greentown Labs facility, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America. Originally founded in Boston, Greentown Houston is the first out-of-state expansion, which opened on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Greentown Labs provides over 40,000 square feet of prototyping lab, office, and community space for about 50 climatetech startups, totaling 200-300 employees. Greentown’s members, partners and staff are united by a common mission: solving the climate crisis through entrepreneurship and collaboration.

Greentown Labs is located in the Ion District, a new kind of urban district in Houston initiated by Rice Management Company that prioritizes street life, public space, and a mix of uses that embrace technology, community, and sustainability. It is centrally located at the heart of innovation activity in Houston, encompassing over 16 acres in Midtown. At the center of the district is The Ion, a 266,000-square foot structure designed to bring Houston’s entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic communities together into collaborative spaces and programs.

For more information, visit:
https://greentownlabs.com
https://www.ionhouston.com
https://www.iondistrict.com
 
Budget Description
$30,000 inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, artists’ fees, final design, wall prep, engineering, permitting, insurance costs for each year of the project, lighting (if necessary), software, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication, all materials, installation, and required documentation.
 
Project Description
We are seeking the creation of a site-specific mural for the upper portion only (above the green stripe) of the east-facing wall of the Greentown Labs building parallel to Caroline Street. The wall will be highly visible, especially traveling southbound on 59. Dimensions are approximately 10 feet high x 190 feet long, totaling 1,900 square feet. The walls are pre-cast concrete tilt walls textured to look like stucco blocks.

The commissioned artwork will be in place for the term of Greentown Lab’s lease at the 4200 San Jacinto location, not to exceed 8 years.
 
Artwork Goals
• Artwork designs should address themes around climate change, justice and equity, fully considering the function and mission of Greentown Labs as a catalyst of the energy transition in Houston.
• Artworks should be sensitive and/or responsive to the diverse history, culture, and identity of the surrounding community.
• The use of environmentally friendly and conscious materials and/or methods is a plus.
• Artworks must be family friendly, suitable for public display, and free of safety hazards.
• Artworks should be resistant to graffiti and vandalism and require minimal maintenance.
• Artwork must have an expected life span of at least 8-10 years.
 
Artwork Location Description
The mural site encompasses the upper portion ONLY (above the green stripe) of the east-facing wall of the Greentown Labs building parallel to Caroline Street
 
Eligibility
Open to all artists and artist-teams over 18 years of age residing and working the Greater Houston Area, which encompasses Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers and Austin counties.

Greentown Labs and The Ion District are committed to providing opportunities that advance Houston’s economy by not only seeking to involve local businesses, but also for those who are racially and ethnically underrepresented. Creatives and artists are a vital part of a complete community, and it is our goal to foster inclusivity and diversity with all our partners. We encourage non-local applicants to team with local partners whenever possible.
 
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 15
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 1000 word maximum
Should include interest, initial method of approach of how your artwork design would address the stated criteria, as well as your ability to complete the project.
References: 2
 
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Each artist is to submit the full allotment of work examples.
 
Additional Requirements
Age
Gender
Race/Ethnicity
 
Selection Information
Selection Process
• The Greentown Labs team, The Ion District Art Advisory Council, Rice Management Company and Piper Faust Public Art will review the applications and select up to 3 artists to create design proposals.
• The shortlisted artists will be commissioned to create concept designs to present to the Selection Team. Artists will be paid a $750.00 stipend for their designs.
 
Selection Criteria
• Artwork designs should address themes around climate change, justice and equity, fully considering the function and mission of Greentown Labs as a catalyst of the energy transition in Houston.
• Artworks should be sensitive and/or responsive to the diverse history, culture, and identity of the surrounding community.
• The use of environmentally friendly and conscious materials and/or methods is a plus.
• Artworks must be family friendly, suitable for public display, and free of safety hazards.
• Artworks should be resistant to graffiti and vandalism and require minimal maintenance.
• Artwork must have an expected life span of at least 8-10 years.
 
Timeline
Timeline
All dates are subject to change.
RFQ release: Monday, January 3, 2022
RFQ deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022 at 11:59pm
RFQ notification: Friday, February 11, 2022
RFP released to finalists: Monday, February 14, 2022
RFP deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022, 11:59pm
Artist proposal presentations: Week of March 7, 2022, TBD
Selected artist notified: Week of March 14, 2022
Contracting: Monday, March 21, 2022
Painting: March 2022 – April 2022
Project completion: Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2022
 
Additional Resources
https://greentownlabs.com
Elevations (PDF)
Surface Detail (JPG)
Full Site Image (top portion only) (JPG)
Full Site Image 2 (PNG)
 
Contact Information
Piper Faust
piper@piperfaustpublicart.com
 

 

 

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