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Sports Performance Center Public Art, Texas Tech


Budget: $450,000
Activated: 04/26/2016
Deadline: 06/07/2016
Call Summary
Outdoor sculpture to be located at the Texas Tech University Sports Performance Center. See RFQ for full project description.
Budget Description
All inclusive
Project Description
Original commission
Artwork Goals
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed on the grounds of the Jones AT&T Sports Performance Center, opening in August 2017. Public art will be placed in front of the building as a beacon to the center.

The new Sports Performance Center will house a 200 meter indoor track with seating for approximately 500 persons, as well as an 80 yard indoor football facility with associated training, weight rooms and nutrition centers. The center will be approximately 159,285 GSF and the height of the building is 85 feet at the highest point, 40 feet at the lowest. This will be a multi-phased project that will renovate the South End Zone building in the future with a similar budget. We are interested in looking at artists that can create a piece that will stand alone, but could also be considered to create a companion piece for the next phase of the project.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. Ideal submissions will create an art piece that showcases the athlete and human form and conveys a sense of movement. Artists should think of a figure or body in motion. This art installation will not only serve as a beacon in the area, but will also give passersby an idea of the use of the facility. Submitting artists should consider lighting and other elements that will draw attention to the sculpture at various times throughout the day. They may also want to consider finding ways to make the piece interactive. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist may have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

As mentioned earlier, this is the first phase of a multi-phase project. While an artist is not guaranteed to be selected for the second phase, there is a high likelihood that they will if they have a cohesive plan in mind to create one stand-alone piece, but also have ideas on how to create a companion piece at a similar budget for the other end of the walkway. We expect this project to be realized in the next few years.

Public art near this location include “Universal Signs” by Barbara Grygutis, “Masked Rider” by Grant Speed, and several murals by Mike Mandel and Kenneth Pirtle (see photos in attachments).

Artists should keep in mind that this is a very high traffic location and will host many different types of people, including student athletes, general public, and game day attendees. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided.

In order to be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific exterior sculpture to be placed outside of the Sports Performance Center (see additional resources for location images).
Site History
The state-of-the-art Sports Performance Center will provide Texas Tech student-athletes world-class opportunities to compete, train, and achieve at the highest levels. The new facility will replace the Athletic Training Center, the existing air-supported structure south of Jones AT&T Stadium nicknamed `The Bubble.' The center will house a 200 meter indoor track with seating for approximately 500 persons, as well as an 80 yard indoor football facility. Also included is a strength and conditioning center, equipment facilities, and a sports medicine and nutrition center, which will benefit student-athletes from 17 sports at Texas Tech.

This building will maintain the “flavor” of the Spanish Renaissance architecture seen on the core campus. The center will be located near Jones AT&T Stadium and the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

Submitted designs should reflect the human form and athleticism. This piece should not be a static form, but show the fluid movement and excitement seen when viewing a sporting event. As multiple sports will be represented at the Sports Performance Center, no one sport should be celebrated over another.
All professional artists are eligible.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 15
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Please describe your initial impressions of and projected approach to this public art project for the Sports Performance Center. Specifically, please address your thoughts on location and medium and, if applicable, discuss any projects for which you used a similar approach (limit to 250-500 words).
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Attachment A (Cover Sheet) PDF Form
Concept Sketch Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Texas Tech will select the Artist that best meets the requirements, based on the information contained in their response to the Request for Qualifications, any reference checks conducted, and the information presented during any interviews conducted as part of the selection process.
Selection Criteria
Specifically, in the selection of finalists, Texas Tech University System and its University Public Art Committee will review and consider the following:

1. The conceptual basis for the Artist’s body of work as defined in the written statement.
2. The quality – technical and aesthetic – of the artist’s past work as represented in the image submissions.
3. The experience of the artist in successfully designing, fabricating, administering, and completing public art projects and/or custom architectural elements on time and in budget.
4. The artist’s training and education.
5. The quality and comprehensiveness of the submission package.

After evaluating the artists’ submissions, Texas Tech will narrow the pool of applicants to approximately two to five finalists to develop a design and model for presentation to the University Public Art Committee in Lubbock, Texas. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium not to exceed $2500 for the development of their Design Proposal and to facilitate travel for the presentation. The model will not be returned to the artist.

The Design Proposals will be subject to review and acceptance by Texas Tech University System’s University Public Art Committee, the President of Texas Tech University, and the Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
Post RFQ: April 26, 2016
Written Inquiries must be received by: May 9, 2016
Responses to Inquiries: May 12, 2016
Responses due by: June 7, 2016, 3:00 PM, CST
Finalist(s) selected and notified: late June 2016
Finalist(s) design Presentations: late July to August 2016
Commission awarded: early Fall 2016
Project Completion: no later than August 2017
Additional Resources
Sports Performance Center RFQ (PDF)
SPC Renderings + Surrounding Public Art (PDF)
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Executive Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States



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