City of Charlotte – 25th Street Bridge

BACKGROUND

ASC is accepting qualifications from professional Artists or Teams of Artists in response to a public art opportunity for the City of Charlotte’s 25th St. Bridge.

The 25th St. Bridge originated from the City of Charlotte’s Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI) planning effort. It will connect 25th Street over Upper Little Sugar Creek, and improve connectivity between North Brevard St. and North Davidson St. Concepts for the 25th St. Bridge include two travel lanes, bike lanes, curb & gutter, sidewalk, a planting strip and street trees as well as on-street parking. This will then improve accessibility for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular connections to the proposed 25th St light rail station as well as promote economic development by providing infrastructure to support and encourage transit supportive development.

Along with providing greater connectivity to the 25th St. Light Rail Station, the 25th St. Bridge will also align with the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). Developed from the partnership of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, The Cross Charlotte Trail will be a 26 mile trail and greenway system focused on bike and pedestrian mobility. The trail will stretch from the City of Pineville, through Center City and on to the UNC Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line.

Once completed, residents will be able to travel from one end of Charlotte to the other.

The goals for 25th St. Bridge include:
• Provide a direct street connection from Brevard Street to N Davidson Street.
• Improve accessibility to the Villa Heights neighborhood and the 25th Street Light Rail
Station.
• Connectivity to the Cross Charlotte Trail.
• Promote economic development by providing infrastructure to support and
encourage transit supportive development

 

25th St. Bridge Elevation-Site Opportunites

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This public art opportunity will have a substantial influence the aesthetics of the 25th St. Bridge, and in turn impact the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. The selected artist or artist team will be invited to create an innovative work or  works that will be directly integrated into the bridge, and invite diverse interpretations. Artists with experience in a broad range of materials will be considered for the opportunity.

The 25th St. Bridge has many siting opportunities for art. The barrier face wall, exposed wing wall, concrete end posts, accent columns, sidewalks, and railings are all potential locations for the integration of artwork. A broad range of mediums will be considered and may include, but are not limited to sculptural elements, tiling, light, formliners, and brickwork.

The selected artist or artist team will be required to work closely with ASC staff, City Project Managers, and Engineers to ensure the successful integration of their work into the 25th St. Bridge. Applicants with proven successes at working collaboratively will be strongly considered.

The commissioned artist or artists must also take into consideration specific site conditions including security and traffic sight lines. All considered media must be durable, low maintenance, and of a permanent nature.

BUDGET

An amount not to exceed $124,000 is allocated to include all artists’ fees, design, fabrication and installation. Engineering fees and all requirements for code shall be included in this amount.

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY

  • Professional artists who have experience managing, designing and completing public art
    project commissions over $55,000 within the past five (5) years are eligible.
  • Must reside in the United States.
  • Artists, contractors, designers or architects who are currently under contract with the Arts
    & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the City of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County
    or who have completed contracts within the past three (3) years with any of the above
    listed agencies are not eligible to apply. City or County staff, Public Art Commission
    members, ASC Board members, ASC staff, and their immediate family members are not
    eligible.
  • Architects interested in applying must have successfully completed at least three (3) public
    art projects (that are distinguished from infrastructure design) within the last five (5) years
    to be considered eligible to participate in this opportunity. Eligibility must be demonstrated
    in the application materials submitted.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

Credentials: a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)demonstrating professional history and
skills or experience as a professional artist (maximum two pages)

Statement of Interest: a brief introductory narrative that also provides insight about
your interest in the project

Images: up to ten (10) images or three (3) digital video or movie files limited to two
minutes each – of recent work completed within the past five (5) years

Annotation: titles, date, media and dimensions of artwork

References will be requested from the finalists

APPLICATION/SUBMISSION PROCESS

Participants must submit all required materials through SlideRoom, an online application system.Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered.

SELECTION PROCESS

This solicitation process is being undertaken to enable the Public Art Commission to identify the most highly qualified artist(s) for this opportunity. A panel of local and national arts professionals and community stakeholders appointed by the Public Art Commission will review eligible artists’ applications, determine a shortlist of finalists, interview three to five finalists and select one (1) artist or team of artists. The selected artist or team of artists will be recommended to the ASC Board of Directors to enter into agreement for this project.

DEADLINE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 13 2016 – 11:59 p.m. EDT
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 3, 2016 – 11:59 p. m. EDT
LATE AND INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email until 8 p.m. (CDT)
at support@slideroom.com.

QUESTIONS

Please contact Randella Foster at  randella.foster@artsandscience.org if you have questions regarding this specific public opportunity.
All questions and subsequent answers will be posted on the ASC website.

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