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OHare Modernization Program // Call for Public Art

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Illinois
Entry Deadline: 6/10/16
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10

Q: I'd like to edit my application with some information. Can you change my application status so I can fix something?
A: No edits are allowed after the June 10, 2016 deadline. If you are selected to move on to the RFP phase, you are welcome to notify us if anything on your application has changed. During the RFP review and selection period, all applications are frozen and cannot be edited.

Q: When will we know if we moved forward to the RFP phase?
A: Applications are still under review by the jury, artists will most likely know if they've moved forward at a solidified date to be determined. Thank you for your patience and continued interest in this project.

Q: What is the budget and timeline for this public art project?
A: The budget and timeline will be developed during the RFP candidate selection process, and all artists selected as RFP candidates will receive this information. 

Q: Can I choose the site to propose my design?
A: All proposals will be assigned by the jury committee during the RFP selection process where they see each artist fit per site.

Q: I missed the deadline, can I still apply via email?
A: All applications are accepted via The last day for submitting applications to the O'Hare Modernization Program was 11:59PM (MST) on Friday, June 10, 2016. The review process began Monday, June 13, 2016 and artists will be notified no later than end of later date to be determined if they have or have not moved forward to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. 

Total applications allotted: 350

Applicants are encouraged to visit the site prior to submission. Qualification submittals are due 11:59 pm Mountain Time Zone, June 10, 2016. All applicants must digitally submit the following below via link.
  • Letter of Interest articulating your qualifications, interest in this project, and, if applicable, prior experience with comparable projects.  (1000 character limit.)
  • Images of past work (5-10) that best demonstrate the applicant’s skill and craftsmanship.
  • Resume that clearly highlights the applicant or team’s past experience and education relevant to this opportunity (no more than 3 pages – saved as a .pdf). If you are an individual provide as a resume or curriculum vitae. If you are a team provide equivalent history of projects and experience.
  • Proof of Public Art History through .pdf or .doc document is a requirement that highlights the artists past work with public art projects through reputable organizations; evidence related to staying within budget, meeting deadlines, and underlining multiple projects of professional art history within each team and individual.
  • Support Materials Demonstrating Professional Recognition such as exhibition catalogs, reviews, articles, and other materials showing any awards, honors, or grants received. 
  • Application submitted via café.org to include contact information, dealer/gallery information, institution/affiliation, category, materials, style and price.
Application is open to all professional artists world wide. Artists or teams can submit qualifications for all commissions. An artist who applies as a team member may also apply as an individual. All PhD, Undergraduate and Graduate students are not eligible.

The IRC will complete the initial applicant review. IRC will read qualification submissions and deliberate to narrow field of applicants. IRC will recommend a shortlist to advance to RFP design-concept competition phase. 21 potential individual artists/teams will be advanced; averaging 3 artists/teams per 7 sites. All advanced teams will receive stipend, be required for an initial site visit and will be interviewed by the selection committee.

All types of medium allowed (2D, 3D). Upload digital .jpg images to represent your work. Minimum media: 5, Maximum media: 10

5.  SITE 
To facilitate the approximately 7,000 parking spaces, a new Joint-Use Consolidated Rental Car/Parking Facility and ATS Station at O’Hare airport will be constructed on a new 33 acre site located in the east side of Mannheim Road and north of Zemke Boulevard, in the area currently used as the long-term public parking Lot F. The JUF will be a multimodal transportation center combining airline, light rail transit, suburban rail, bus, shuttle, as well as both rental and privately owned vehicles at one location to facilitate travel within the Chicago metropolitan area and to destinations throughout the world. At approximately 500,000 square feet per floor, the facility will become one of the largest structures in the Midwest with over 3 million gross square feet. The functional and visual focal point of the building is the Customer Service Center (CSC) and the Airport Transit System (ATS) station. The design combines these two operations into one space that creates for all practical purposes another “terminal” for the airport. The ATS will serve to transfer rental car and parking customers and bus riders to and from the four passenger terminals. It is estimated there will be approximately 1.5 million visitors per month, giving the artist a large opportunity to display their artwork to international travelers. 

The new facility will house an opportunity for seven spaces for artists/teams to compete to display their new innovative ideas for public art. Considering the large daily traffic through the structure (an estimated 1.5 million people per month), this serves as an opportunity for artists to display their effort and interpretation of public art related to the site. The selection process of proposals will be led by panel of professional arts administrators, curators, arts leaders and city officials.

The budget has not been determined yet. The information regarding the budget will not be released until the RFP (Request for Proposal) phase. Any new information received will be properly reflected on this application page.

Project 1: 2-Dimension (3 locations)
Interior façade enhancements to large scale walls where the opportunity for a visual statement makes most impact.
  • Opportunity for two dimensional medium of artwork to span large scale square footage
  • High-quality mural addition
  • Glazing enhancement to the structure designs (paintings, plaster, photographs, language art)
  • Makes the space iconic, sets the language and tone of the public area
Project 2: 3-Dimension (2 locations)
Exterior interactive opportunity designated for the outside world wide commuters and visitors.
  • An opportunity for a three dimensional representation of an abstract form
  • Sets the language and tone for the space and zone designated for world wide travelers
  • Sustainable in all types of weather, durable, and have low maintenance requirements
Project 3: Technology (2 locations)
An interior, visible opportunity for the transition of spaces shown through a substantial digital and / or light-based installation.
  • LED-based artwork, or other light-based installation
  • Digital or technological installation
  • Grand in size, scale, vision, or impact
  • Makes the transition space evident, creates presence, announces building activity
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