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Boulder Main Library Public Art Opportunity

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 8/30/13
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6

Boulder Public Library Public Art Opportunity The Boulder Public Library Main Branch at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder Colorado is seeking applicants for a public art opportunity to be integrated into the new renovation design efforts by the noted Denver architecture firm studiotroup Design Collective. The budget for this project is not to exceed $150,000 and is open to all artists 18 years or older residing in the United States. studiotroup Design Collective, the team leading the renovation design, and the Library's leadership have undertaken a vigorous examination of the facility and the needs of it's public users. The library is a compilation of three building efforts starting in the 1961, with additions and remodeling completed in 1974 and 1990.The Library's historic architecture and programs as well as current and future program needs have been evaluated and a new vision for the library and it's users has emerged and will be incorporated in the new design. Public Art Goal and Locations The Library’s Public Art Selection Panel seeks to commission an artist or artist team to work with the design architects to develop an art project that can punctuate the initial user experience of the library and then continue on throughout the building as "discovery events" or as a narrative of visual experiences. The art locations are both interior and exterior opportunities and include adult, teen and children's areas. The selected artist or team will work with the design team to establish appropriate locations for the integration of art. The goal is to commission a unique artwork or set of artworks that communicate the Library's specialized place in the community as a location for discovery and dialogue. About the Architectural Design Direction: After several months of collecting data from the diverse Boulder community and Boulder Public Library staff and administration, an architectural concept was generated; "Stream of Serendipity". This concept driver embodies what Boulder aspires to be, a place of unexpected delightful experiences. The project goal suggests the Boulder Library can artfully present useful information to those not specifically searching for it. The "Stream" is the conduit for connecting community members with this information and each other. Along the "Stream" a series of Eddies will be introduced to capture impromptu social or learning opportunities. More commonly known as meeting rooms, these Eddies will be flexible in their purpose and offer variety (size, location, look/feel), thus feeding the imaginative minds of Boulderites and encouraging serendipitous discoveries. The existing library is currently difficult to navigate, and contains more hidden pockets than an urban library should. Having significantly expanded more than once over its lifetime, the building complex has many iconic features and unique qualities. It is also somewhat overwhelming, monochromatic, and uninviting in spots. The "Stream" will reshape the overly defined and separated areas into a more cohesive and blended series of experiences. This will be accomplished with the introduction of hierarchy, showcased landmarks, improved sight lines, and integrated way-finding. In the end it is important that the Library occupants will have a plethora of opportunity to truly connect with each other and their community, all while also successfully accomplishing their particular reason for visiting the building. Materials & Media: All media and materials will be considered for this project including audio and video. The selection panel will focus it’s attention on artists that show a knowledge of appropriate materials for public spaces. This Project is open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in the United States Applying for this opportunities Applicants are required to submit six digital images, a one page résumé, and a statement of interest no longer than 2,000 characters via (CaFÉ™). The selection panel will choose no more then 4 semifinalists who will be interviewed by the selection panel. If a formal proposal is required by the selection panel, an honorarium will be offered to cover all expenses including travel. If Applying as a team the total number of images will not exceed 6, a single page resume for each member and a single artist statement will represent the whole team. Additional documents and images will not be reviewed. Budget The total budget for this commission is not to exceed $150,000 USD. If honorariums are paid to semifinalist, these funds will be reduced from this total project amount during the contracting phase with the selected artist. The selected artist will then enter into a contractual agreement with the City of Boulder for design, fabrication, transportation and installation of the final design. All applicable city requirements will be adhered to during the term of the contract. Tentative Timeline: Initial Project Review: September 10th Artist Interviews: September 16th-23rd Semi Finalist Pre-Interview meeting A Pre-Interview meeting will be held on site to inform finalists about the opportunity. The meeting will be held at the Boulder Public Library located at 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder Colorado. Finalists will be notified about the date of this meeting concerning this project. Eligibility This project is open to artists over the age of 18 who currently live and work in the United States, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art. Materials to be Submitted Please read this section carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted. All materials must be submitted online, via the CaFÉ™ website ( There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Digital Images—In order to be considered for this project, the applicant or team must electronically submit 6 digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Audio and Video - Artists wishing to submit audio or Video examples of completed work are required to submit 2 examples no longer then 3 minutes each and not larger than 100MB Video segments showcasing 2D and 3D installations considered non-video artworks will not be considered. Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ™ specifications can be found at Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303-629-1166 or 888-562-7232, or via email at Statement of Interest—Please submit a statement of interest of not more than 2000 characters describing your approach to working with design teams and how you would approach the Boulder Library Public Art Project specifically Résumé—Submit a one page current résumé, via CaFÉ™ outlining your recent accomplishments as an artist. If applying as a team each member may submit a one page resume.

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