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Tower Road Call for Artwork
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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 6/29/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8


The City of Commerce City and the Commerce City Cultural Council are seeking to purchase sculpture(s) from Colorado artists, or artists who reside in Colorado Region (determined to be Colorado and neighboring states of Wyoming  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona).  The artwork is for possible placement along Tower Road, in Commerce City, CO.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL: Friday, June 29, 2018 11:59 p.m. MST


TOTAL ART BUDGET: up to $135,000 for multiple sculptures

The City of Commerce City and the Commerce City Cultural Council seek to purchase sculpture for Tower Road, a prominent roadway in Commerce City. Tower Road is a prominent arterial from between Denver and Commerce City and the street was widened between 81st to 104th and re-opened in 2016. A multimodal path, a raised median and a dedicated bike lane were added during construction, to make the road safer and better suited to handle the expected traffic in the area as it develops. The road is also a main access to the new commuter rail station at 61st and Pena, for people commuting to Denver and all points on the light rail system or who work at Denver International Airport. In this way, Tower Road serves as one of the gateways to Commerce City.

Sites are not specified yet, but artwork should be of the size, scale and materials to be sited along a roadway, in a median or alongside a multiuse path. At present, the area is undeveloped prairie land, but increasingly, the area will fill in as Commerce City continues to grow.

 The road improvements were funded by the voter-approved capital improvement program.

 PUBLIC ART BUDGET: up to $135,000 for multiple sculptures

The budget for each site shall be inclusive of all costs associated with the public art project including, but not limited to: delivery of artwork to the site, installation. The artist is expected to work with the City to determine the specifications for a concrete footer, to be engineered and built by the City.

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, robust, low maintenance materials. Semi­finalists will be encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal.

 It is strongly recommended that the artwork be tall (at least 5 feet) and larger-scale to be able to “stand out” in this area. It is strongly suggested that the sculptures be constructed of materials that can stand up to snow, spray from the roadway (salt and other de-icing chemicals) as well as the scale of the area (now it is very open prairie land, but in coming years, it will evolve into homes, shops and a commercial zone). Acceptable materials: steel (stainless or Corten) and other strong metals, cast metals, stone, wood. Unacceptable materials: glass, ceramic, mosaic and other fragile artwork.


The art selection committee for Tower Road seeks artwork that is evocative of the natural history of the area, evokes joy and delight and has a pleasing and calming effect on the commuters who see it. It should be appropriate for all ages to enjoy.

The eligible applicants for this project are artists who reside in Colorado, or artists who reside in Colorado Region (determined to be Colorado and neighboring states of Wyoming  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona). 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 semi-finalists may be created and further negotiations may take place by phone and/or email. It is possible that the Selection Committee may recommend a direct commission (rather than a direct purchase of existing art) based on the artist’s submission.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 29, 2018 11:59 p.m. MST                   Deadline for Submissions

Week of July 9th, 2018                                               Notify semi-finalists                                       

August 2018                                                               Cultural Council review

September 2018                                                          City Council review

September/October 2018                                            Execute purchase contract

Fall 2018                                                                     Installation


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:

 Digital Images. A maximum of five digital images of sculpture available for purchase through the CaFÉ™ system. Please include sculpture materials, dimensions and cost for each work of art.

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

 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.

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

  •  Are you an artist who resides in Colorado, or resides in Colorado Region (neighboring states of Wyoming  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona)?
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