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Eagle Pointe Recreation Center- Exterior

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 1/8/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8


Eagle Pointe Recreation Center Exterior Art Project

Qualifications are requested from Colorado artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center Renovation located in Commerce City, Colorado.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL: January 8, 11:59 p.m. MST
TOTAL ART BUDGET: $20,000-25,000



The City of Commerce City and the Commerce City Cultural Council seek to commission public art for the newly remodeled Eagle Pointe Recreation located at 6060 Parkway Dr, Commerce City, CO 80022.

The project is to renovate the existing Commerce City Recreation Center and it is the final project to from the Commerce City voter-approved capital improvement bond program. The $10 million project will feature a new indoor therapy pool, an expanded fitness and aerobics area, a new family locker room and expanded and improved men’s and women’s locker areas.


The Art Selection Committee is recommending the placement of a site-specific artwork for the exterior of the newly renovated facility. Artwork should celebrate the renaming of this 30-year old facility as the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, which was the only recreation facility in Commerce City (and known as the Commerce City Recreation Center) until voters approved a sales tax increase in 2013 to construct a new recreation center

Eagle Pointe Recreation Center was selected as the new name for the existing recreation center and Bison Ridge Recreation Center was selected as the name for the new recreation center based upon a naming contest that asked residents to submit names around a theme, geographical area, or in honor of an individual/organization. The city received nearly 500 online and paper entries for the contest. The powerful and revered animals of the bison and eagle can be observed locally on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge here in Commerce City and the new names will allow the facilities to operate as a system.

The artwork for Eagle Pointe Recreation Center can be proposed as a free-standing sculpture for somewhere at the entrance of the building, or as a work of art that can be attached to an exterior wall or incorporated into the Eagle Pointe signage at the front entrance. The eagle theme may be interpreted literally representation or in a more abstract manner.


The project budget for the exterior artwork for Eagle Pointe shall range from $20,000-25,000.

The budget for each site shall be inclusive of all costs associated with the public art project including, but not limited to: artist design fee, structural engineering, insurance, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, site modifications, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the project.

All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term preservation and maintenance of public art, along with the timeline and budget. Public art projects are in the public realm and may therefore be exposed to weather and subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low maintenance materials. Semi­finalists will be encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal.

All applicants must be legal residents of the United States and reside full-time in Colorado. The artists or artist teams must have the skills and experience commensurate with the responsibility of successfully completing a public art installation.  The City and Cultural Council will comply with all federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws in the administration and implementation of the public art master plan.

The Art Selection Committee will review only completed applications. A short list of semi­finalists will be invited to prepare and present a design proposal. A finalist may be selected from the semi­finalists’ proposals and recommended to the Cultural Council for approval. Upon the Cultural Council’s approval, the finalist proposal may be presented to City Council for final approval.

Semi-finalists will be paid an honorarium of $1,000 for the design and presentation of the proposal. Those who reside outside a 100-mile radius of Commerce City will be offered up to $300 for travel reimbursement.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

December 4, 2017      Call for Entry Open

January 8, 2017  Deadline for Applications

January 2018   Committee Review Applications / Semi-Finalists selected

February 2018   Semi-Finalists Proposals

March 2018 Present recommendations to CCCC for approval

March/April, 2018   Present recommendations to City Council for approval

April 2018   Execute artist contracts

All applications for this project must be submitted through CaFÉ™ ( no later than the deadline for submission identified above. No hard copy or e-mail submissions will be accepted. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.

The applicant must submit the following:

 1.   Digital Images. Six digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic may submit video content with their CaFÉ™ application. Digital images are required even if videos are also submitted.

 Instructions on how to use CaFÉ™ and format images/video can be found at Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303­629­1166, 1­888­562­7232 or e­mail

2.  Résumé: A current résumé that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist. Your resume may be any length, but the committee members are only required to read to the first two pages.  If applying as a team, please submit a resume for each artist, with the lead artist first.

3.  Statement of Interest: A statement of interest of 250 words or less briefly outlining the artist’s interest in the specific opportunity and the artist’s experience working on projects of this scope.

 4.  Responses to questions: Please also include answers to the following questions in the CaFÉ™ application.

In which state do you reside full-time?

Have you completed at least one public art commission for a municipality or state agency?

As the state’s third-fastest growing city, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. Centrally located along Colorado’s bustling Front Range, Commerce City is a Quality Community for a Lifetime, with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 840 acres of open space and parks, one of the country’s largest soccer complexes and the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge. Learn more at

The goal of the Commerce City Public Art Program is to acquire public art unique to Commerce City that reflects community values, and to place it within public spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy. This public art will generate community pride and contribute to the vitality of the community by enhancing quality of life. Also, public art may remind us of our heritage, serve as a source of celebration, and prompt new ways of seeing and inspiring conversation and reflection. Completed in 2013, the Public Art Master Plan provides a framework to guide the Commerce City Cultural Council in selecting the most appropriate public artwork that reflects the community’s values and culture for designated locations throughout Commerce City.

Commerce City and the Commerce City Cultural Council reserve the right to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants, and projects, to waive any informalities or irregularities, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice. The issuance of this Request for Qualifications and the receipt and evaluation of applications do not obligate Commerce City to select any proposal or applicant or enter into any agreement.  The City will not pay any costs incurred in responding to this Request for Qualifications except as expressly stated. 

Applicants are cautioned not to undertake any activities or actions to promote or advertise their submittal, other than discussions with City staff as described.  Proposers are not permitted to make any direct or indirect contact with members of the Art Selection Committee, the Commerce City Cultural Council, the City Council, or media on the subject of this Request for Qualifications, except in the course of City-sponsored presentations or to submit questions.  Violation of these rules is grounds for disqualification.


Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications must be submitted by e-mail only to Kendall Peterson, Public Art Consultant no later than 5:00 p.m. MST, Monday, December 22, 2017 at Responses to all questions will be posted on the City’s website and CaFE. 

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