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RFQ: Outdoor Sculpture Commission at Hartwood Acres

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RFQ: Outdoor Sculpture Commission at Hartwood Acres
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SUMMARY
The Allegheny Parks Foundation in partnership with Allegheny County is soliciting proposals from individual artists or an artist team to install sculptural work outside at Hartwood Acres, one of the nine county parks. The artist or artist team will work in collaboration with the Allegheny County Parks Foundation to coordinate the design, fabrication and installation of the new artwork. The budget for this project is $100,000.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation strengthens the health and vibrancy of the community by improving, conserving and restoring the nine parks in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Working in partnership with Allegheny County, the Parks Foundation brings together ideas, leadership and resources to make the parks more sustainable and enjoyable for all.

Originally designed as a country estate for an equestrian family, Hartwood Acres Park channels its opulent past in 629 acres of beauty. The original bridle trails still serve runners, bikers and cross-country skiers today. The park is well-known for its popular outdoor entertainment, including free summer concerts at the amphitheater.
The newest treasure is the reimagined Hartwood Acres Sculpture Garden, an outdoor exhibition space for public art. Eleven sculptures were gifted to Hartwood Acres Park in the 1980s, when it was envisioned as an arts and culture park. A twelfth sculpture was added years later and another is on loan from the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Currently, expert restoration is underway on the existing artworks, and updates are being made the park overall. When completed, the park will include ADA-accessible walkways to connect the sculptures, new landscape plantings and reconfigured driveways and parking areas that are designed to “green” principles. For more information related to the history of the park please see Appendix A, (a document provided by the Office of Public Art in Pittsburgh).

This RFQ aims to select an artist or artist team, to commission a new work that will celebrate the dynamic landscape and region, brought back to life through art. For this project, both object-based sculptors and artists working on site-specific landscape work will be considered.

ARTISTS ROLE
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation has hired an arts consultant to assist with the commissioning of this fourteenth artwork. The selected artist will work closely with said consultant and the Executive Director of the Parks Foundation to:
•Collaborate with the larger project team, to select a site within the park for the new artwork.
•Create a concept for the artwork that clearly defines both aesthetic and materiality.
•Identify strategies to visually connect the artwork to the surrounding site.
•Outline methods of fabrication and installation for the artwork.
•Present a detailed proposal of the final design for approval by the project team.
•Manage the fabrication and installation of the approved artwork.
•Deliver the artwork to the site by the project deadline.

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE
October 30, 2020 RFQ Released
December 3, 2020 Artist Info Session at 3:00 PM EST
(Link to virtual session can be found on Submittable)
December 21, 2020 Submissions Due BY 4:00 PM EST
January 11, 2021 Panel Meets to Make 3-4 Selections
January 18 – 29, 2021 Panelists Interview Artists Virtually / Make Final Selection
February 1-12, 2021 Parks Foundation Executes Contract with Artist
February 16, 2021 Selected Artist Visits Hartwood or Does Virtual Tour
March 12, 2021 Design Concept Due to Parks Foundation
March 19, 2021 Design Change Requests Due to Artist
March 31, 2021 Design Revisions Due to Parks Foundation
April 5, 2021 Deadline to Accept Design
April 6, 2021 Notice to Proceed with Fabrication
August 1, 2021 Delivery of Sculpture

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

BUDGET
The selected artist/artist team will be responsible for the travel of artwork to Hartwood Acres Park. Any site prep that needs to be done, outside of the work that can be done by Parks Foundation crew, will also come from the budget. While it is recommended that the artist engages a professional installation company to assist with the installation of the artwork, it is possible that Parks Foundation crew may be able to perform portions of said work, dependent upon needs. The budget for this project is $100,000 of which $20,000 may be allocated as an artist fee. The artist fee shall be for research, design, management, travel and administrative costs such as shop or construction drawings.

ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS
This opportunity is open to:
•Professional artists based in the United States of America.
•Artists/Artist teams who have experience working collaboratively with landscape architects,public art consultants, and planners.
•Artists must have completed at least one prior temporary or permanent art project in the publicrealm.
•Artists who have previously completed work for a park are encouraged to apply.
•Artists who have previously completed at least one landscape artwork are encouraged to apply.
•Artist teams are welcome to apply, but the team lead must be a visual artist to qualify.
Allegheny County Parks Foundation staff, board members and consultants are not eligible to apply. Immediate family members of the Allegheny county parks staff, board members or consultants are not eligible to apply.

HOW TO APPLY
Please visit the Submittable link to apply: https://alleghenycountyparksfoundation.submittable.com/submit/178085/outdoor-sculpture-commission-at-hartwood-acres-park

For this submission you will need:
a)A narrative that is no more than 1500 words inclusive of:
●A statement of interest in the Hartwood Acres project and,
●A statement of relative experience with previous work in the public realm.

b)Work samples. Up to 10 images or videos of representative of work that display relativeand representative experience, with work similar to the scope of this project.

c)A work sample script describing the aforementioned work samples. For each worksample please provide the title of the project, location of the project, date when it wascompleted, the project budget, and list any collaborators if relevant.

d)A resume.

e)The name, title, address, email address and phone numbers for three professionalreferences.

All submissions must be received by December 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Proposals for work will not be reviewed. This selection will be based on previous, representative works. The selected artist will work closely with the project team to develop the commissioned artwork.

QUESTIONS
The cut-off date for questions will be December 11, 2020. Questions may be sent to Rachel Rearick, Arts Consultant for the Parks Foundation at: kuratedpgh@gmail.com