Salida Public Art Commission seeks design proposals for new public art space – by Brooke Gilmore
The City of Salida Public Art Commission has released a Request for Design Proposal (RFP) for a major new public art project. The design project in question is the site-specific renovation / conversion of a 5,578 square foot municipal property into an artistic community space celebrating the diverse character and heritage of Salida. The space will feature new or major artwork and incorporate landscaping and public viewing considerations.
The project location is at the corner of US Highway 291 and G Street, at the entrance to the downtown business district and the Creative Arts District. Currently, the site is designed and used as a recreational skate park, including concrete ramps and bowls traditionally associated with such facilities (a new skate park is under construction on the grounds of the Salida Aquatic Center on US 50).
The space considered is bounded by rue G to the east; W. First Street to the north; the Monarch Spur trail to the west; and parking lots to the south. The site is currently mostly covered in concrete, with several deep bowls used by skateboarders. There is a small building on the site which may or may not be preserved, upon recommendation of the designer.
The desired characteristics for the renovated space must have these qualities:
- historical stature
- visually inviting
- beautiful but durable
- use of access all year round
- preserve the city’s heritage.
Design proposals must include several specific elements (described in the RFP) as well as the qualifications of the proponent and the preliminary renovation budget. Full requirements and project details can be found by clicking here.
This is a paid design project and the chosen design proposal will receive significant compensation from the city of Salida. The deadline for receipt of proposals by the city is July 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Three hard copies and one digital copy of the proposal must be submitted to the City of Salida Public Art Commission, 448 E. First St., Salida CO 81201, Attn: Michael Varnum, Director of Arts and Culture.
Questions regarding the Request for Proposals should be in writing and emailed to Michael Varnum at [email protected] Applicants are requested not to contact any other person with questions regarding this RFP.
Those who were unable to attend the pre-proposal briefing earlier in June may be able to view the Zoom video broadcast of that meeting.
The winning candidate of the tender will be invited to conclude a professional services agreement with the city of Salida; a copy of which can be obtained from the city of Salida. The winning proposal will be announced on July 26.