Marlow Heights Community Center-Public Art Opportunity

By Editorial Team on June 19, 2023

Deadline: Sun, August 13 2023

Marlow Heights Community Center CAD Drawings-Provided by M-NCPPC.

Public Art Opportunity

INVITATION TO SUBMIT QUALIFICATIONS
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Marlow Heights Community Center
2800 Saint Clair Drive in Marlow Heights, Maryland

SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS ACCEPTED AT: https://m-ncppc.submittable.com/submit
UNTIL: 12 MIDNIGHT, EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2023.

OVERVIEW OF THE OPPORTUNITY

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites Artists (meaning both individual artists and artist teams) with interest and professional experience in creating public art and site-specific commissions, to submit qualifications for exterior public art features at the Marlow Heights Community Center. The Project includes two separate components:

  1. A free-standing sculptural element on the plaza which must fit within a 10’x10’ area and not to exceed 18’ in height. The selected artist for the sculptural element will design, fabricate and install the art feature, which may be glass, metal, stone, concrete, wood, mixed media or lighting suitable for a low-maintenance exterior application.
  2. A functional bench enhanced by mosaic elements. Individual artists or artist teams will be selected to develop a proposal for the mosaic application to the bench. The foundation for the bench will be fabricated and installed by the project’s construction contractors and thus require close coordination with the Design/Construction Team members.

While there is no specific requirement regarding theme or subject matter, the artworks for the Marlow Heights Community Center should have the potential for becoming landmark identifiers for the surrounding community, and be suitable for display at a family friendly facility.

Artists may submit qualifications for either or both projects. However, artist candidates will be potentially selected as a finalist to execute only one of the projects. The selected artist candidates will be invited to develop and present their proposal to the Marlow Heights Design/Construction Team and community stakeholders. A stipend of $2,000 will be paid for the development of artist project proposals.

Art Opportunity #1 – Free Standing Artwork

Budget:

  • $150,000

Physical Description:

  • The proposed location of this outdoor artwork will be within a 10 foot by 10 foot concrete area near the main front entrance to the building.

Structural Requirements:

  • The structural design of the footing and foundation system for the sculpture, as well as other gravity and lateral loads shall be the responsibility of the artist. Cost for the artwork footings and foundation system shall be included in the artwork budget.

Lighting:

  • If there are any lighting requirements for the artwork, the Artist will be responsible for identifying the requirements and furnishing them to the Design/Construction Team for coordination.

Power/Control:

  • If there are any power or control requirements for the artwork, the Artist will be responsible for identifying the requirements and furnishing them to the Design/Construction Team for coordination.

Height/Suspension/Restrictions:

  • It is required that the artwork not exceed 18 feet in height, and not exceed the parameters of the 10 feet by 10 feet square. In addition, it is recommended that the artwork avoid pedestrian sight line obstructions to vehicular traffic and building signage.

Art Opportunity #2 – Mosaic Application to Bench

Budget:

  • $80,000

Physical Description

  • Concrete bench with mosaic overlay on top seating area and supporting structure.

Structural Characteristics:

  • Curved concrete bench 18 inches high by 38 feet long x 1 foot 8 inches wide.
  • Approximately 38’ linear feet of surface area

Supplemental Structural, Reinforcing, and/or Blocking Requirements:

  • ¼” inset on north vertical surface to be prepared for mosaic installation
  • The surface area for the mosaics is as follows:
    • SEAT 36 feet long by 17 inches wide by 1/4 inch deep with a 1 foot border on both sides to frame the piece and 1.5 inch border on both sides to protect the edge. (51.12 square foot surface)
    • RISER 36 feet long by 14 inches high by 1/4 inch deep. This accounts for 1 foot on either end as a frame and a 3 inch toe kick as well as the 1 inch deep overhang on top. (41.76 square foot surface)

Lighting:

  • If there are any lighting requirements for the artwork, the Artist will be responsible for identifying the requirements and furnishing them to the Design/Construction Team for coordination.

Power/Control:

  • If there are any power or control requirements for the artwork, the Artist will be responsible for identifying the requirements and furnishing them to the Design/Construction Team for coordination.

ELIGIBILITY

Professional artists and design professionals that are resident of, or maintain their studio in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and/or Virginia are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age old or older. Applicants must indicate whether they wish to be considered for either Art Opportunity 1, Art Opportunity 2, or both. Applicants must also indicate in their application any artistic experience in the media applicable to either of the art opportunities or both. Artists or artist teams must demonstrate past experience with having successfully executed public art projects.

ARTIST SELECTION

An Artist Selection Committee comprising designated project and community stakeholders will review and score all applications and select 3 candidates to enter the proposal stage for each project. Selected artist candidates will be given one month within which to develop and present their proposal(s) for review.

Project semi-finalists are expected to provide at least three (3) professional references among whom must be at least one public art associate and/or design professional that has significant knowledge of their work and working methods.

Semi-finalist artists or artist team members will be introduced to key Design/Construction Team members and appropriate community stakeholders and will be provided more detailed project information and construction time-lines with which to develop their proposals. Semi-finalists will receive a $2,000 stipend to offset any proposal preparation and other project related expenses, and one month to complete all proposals.

In addition, Semi-finalists will be given the selection criteria upon which proposals will be reviewed. Upon completion and submission of the proposals, a meeting will be scheduled wherein semi-finalists will make a formal presentation to members of the Selection Committee for review and designation of the finalist with whom M-NCPPC will move forward to engage in contract for the two projects.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SCHEDULE

Currently, the project is approaching the initiation of the construction phase with final completion scheduled for August, 2024. All selected project Semi-finalists will be given an updated project timeline for key Public Art Benchmarks to be coordinated with the overall construction project schedule.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

The following information must be included in the online application:

  • Contact Information for Artist or Lead Artist (as applicable for a Team)
  • Statement of Interest: Indicate which opportunity, or both, for which you are interested in applying. Explain your interest in this project opportunity, specifically how you would approach or respond to approaching a theme and/or goal for this project.
  • Work Samples: Please supply up to 10 images of existing relevant artwork original to you or the members of your team. Please be sure to include all relevant description information for each artwork depicted, including size, material, year completed, budget and location. Work samples may include additional images of the same work from different angles or highlighting details.
  • Artist Resume/CV: Resume of the individual artist; artist teams should include resumes of all participating artist team members as part of the submission.

Please Note: No actual artwork proposals are expected at this stage of the selection process.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

12 MIDNIGHT (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) SUNDAY, August 13, 2022.

https://m-ncppc.submittable.com