CENTRAL SUBWAY 4TH AND BRANNAN PLATFORM STATION
PUBLIC ART PROJECT
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
DATE ISSUED: November 15, 2011
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, December 15, 2011 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)
Applications are available through SlideRoom (sfgov.slideroom.com), an on-line application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. If you are a first time user of SlideRoom, please allow adequate time to learn the use of this system. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists working in permanent, durable materials and residing in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines shall be withdrawn from consideration.
CENTRAL SUBWAY PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Consistent with San Francisco’s commitment to excellence in civic design and its “transit first” policy, the Arts Commission is working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to develop a comprehensive public art program to be integrated into the design of the Central Subway System. The Central Subway, which is the second phase of the Third Street (“T-Third”) Light Rail Project, will stretch from Chinatown to South of Market where it will connect with the newly completed T-Third Street Rail Line. Scheduled to open in 2018, the transit system will include three subway stations and one above-ground platform. The three subway stations will be located in Chinatown, at Union Square/Market Street, and near the Moscone Convention Center on 4th Street. The above-ground platform will be located at 4th and Brannan streets.
The San Francisco Arts Commission’s goal is to commission a permanent durable outdoor artwork of the highest aesthetic quality for the 4th and Brannan Platform Station. Through this RFQ we intend to establish a candidate pool of professional artists for consideration for this public art project. We are seeking submissions of qualifications by artists who work in materials and techniques appropriate to the art opportunity listed below. Applicants should not develop proposals at this stage in the selection process. Any proposals submitted along with the application materials will be disregarded.
The new above-ground platform station at 4th and Brannan streets marks the transition between the T-Third Light Rail line and the beginning of the Central Subway. This station is located in a transitional South of Market area near the Caltrain Station, the AT&T Ballpark, and new residential and office facilities. The 4th and Brannan platform will have the same design as the completed T-Third Light Rail platforms.
The artwork opportunity is to commission a unique sculpture for the platform’s marquee pole. This opportunity is in keeping with the pole-mounted sculptures on the other T-Third Street platforms. The marquee pole would be approximately between 35 to 40 feet high. Final decisions concerning pole dimensions and height will be made by SFMTA after structural engineering recommendations are complete. Artwork will be attached within the top third of the marquee pole and the marquee art attachment may be either stationery or kinetic. Due to the conditions of this outdoor location, the artwork must be made of durable materials and require minimum maintenance.
full prospectus link (budget, selection process, project timeline/schedule, contact info):