City of Charleston seeks proposals for public art

City of Charleston seeks proposals for public art

Proposals due April 4.

The City of Charleston, S.C., seeks to commission a work of public art to be placed in a new display fountain at Gadsdenboro Park, located off Concord Street, directly across the street from the Charleston Maritime Center. This park space is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Because this property once was, and still is, an active waterfront, the artwork should speak to the important role of the Charleston waterfront as well as the regional migratory waterfowl.

The project budget to design, fabricate, engineer and install the art work is between $30,000 to $40,000. Structural engineering services may be necessary for installation.

Resume and submittals are due by 4 p.m. on April 4, 2014. Submissions are accepted via mailed submittals only. Emailed submittals will not be accepted. Provide three (3) copies. Please mail all submittals to the following address:

City of Charleston
Department of Parks, Capital Projects Division
ATTN: Beth Brownlee
823 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

The following information must be submitted to the City of Charleston. Incomplete or late submittals will not be accepted.

• Statement of Interest – briefly describe your interest in the project. Explain your qualifications for this commission (5000 characters or less)
• Resume – please provide no more than three (3) pages on 8 ½ x 11. Resumes should include education, solo and group exhibits, public/private commissions, and gallery representation.
• References – please provide three (3) professional references from your former art projects include contact name, current phone number and email address.
• Images including an image identification list – please provide three to six images of your completed past art projects. Please include title of work, medium, location, date completed and project budget.
• Proposal:
– Provide a illustrations of concept(s) for consideration. Multiple concepts can be submitted by the same artist or art team. Graphics submitted shall not exceed three (3) pages on 8 ½ x 11.
– Provide a narrative regarding the design concept being proposed. Narrative should explain how the design meets the stated objects of the RPF. Include a summary detailing the medium, dimensions and method of fabrication. Narrative shall not exceed two (2) pages on 8 ½ x 11.

Up to three artists or artist team finalists will be selected to develop a site-specific proposal for the project. Finalists will be given a $500 stipend for their design and will be required to make a presentation to the selection committee during an in-person interview in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 9, 2014. Finalists should be prepared to provide more background on themselves as a public artist, explain the meaning behind their concept, and present drawings/renderings/maquettes of their design, preliminary budget and timeline, as well as a detailed description or sample of materials to be used.

Please direct all questions related to the project to Beth Brownlee, City of Charleston Department of Parks Project Manager at (843) 577-2173 or

Please refer to the City of Charleston’s BidLine for additional information regarding the project.