Call Detail
City of Loveland Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park Memorial
Art in Public Places
c/o Loveland Museum
503 N. Lincoln Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 10/26/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 10

The City of Loveland seeks an Artist/Artist Team to design, fabricate and install public artwork for the Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park located in the Big Thompson Canyon in Loveland.  The park has been closed since September 2013, when a devastating flood scoured away many of the park’s major elements.  This park will reopen to the public in September 28,  2018 after 2pm.  Reconstruction has focused on making the park more resilient to future floods, which has dramatically changed the park’s character from a manicured, urban park with irrigated turf to a foothills mountain park with non-irrigated native grasses.

The intention of this public art project is to create a feature that honors the 50+ memorials that were previously on-site but washed away by the flood.  The City is open to an artistic interpretation of a memorial and is not expecting the artwork to call out a list of names per se, or provide the opportunity to accumulate additional names over time.  The deadline for submission is Friday, October 26, 2018. 

Project Scope and Description
Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park (VSMP) is nestled in the Big Thompson Canyon off Highway 34, approximately twelve miles west of downtown Loveland, Colorado.  This historic park is eligible for listing in the National Register and contains three Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) stone buildings, and an archaeological site.  The restoration effort has focused on making the park more resilient during future flood events and ecologically sensitive to the river that bisects it. Biotechnology and bioengineering have been integrated into the redesign for slope stabilization and erosion control, and the river has been relocated to its natural trajectory.

A maximum of $55,000.00 has been allocated for this project.  This all-inclusive budget includes design, structural engineering, insurance, fabrication, equipment, installation, travel, contingency and incidental costs.  

Eligibility and Artist Contracts
The project is open to any professional artist/artist team (legally residing in and authorized to work in the United States) with demonstrated experience in creating distinctive public artwork.  The selected Artist/Artist Team must be able to work effectively and collaboratively with the Project Design Team to develop concepts for site-specific artwork.  The Artist/Artist Team will be selected based on their qualifications and application materials.  The selected Artist/Artist Team will be paid an hourly rate for design concept development and have the opportunity to identify the most appropriate location for the artwork. The design concept must be:
• Fabricated from durable outdoor material
• Sensitive to the natural character of the park
• Sensitive to the historic significance of the park (i.e. not be mistaken as CCC era)

The aArtist/Artist Team will present a formal design proposal to the artwork jury panel in February 2019.  The presentation must include a detailed budget for design elements.  Based upon the outcome of the presentation, the artists will enter into an Artwork Purchase Agreement for the fabrication and installation phases of the project.  The intention is to have the memorial installed by mid-July 2019. 

The selected Artist/Artist Team will work closely with City staff and the Project Design Team throughout the project to ensure fabrication and installation requirements are met.  Contract provisions will apply subsequent to the agreement to such by both parties.
  • The selected Artist/Artist Team will enter into a contract with the City of Loveland to execute and install the design as presented.
  • The selected artist/artist team will be required to carry general liability insurance of $1 million.
Submission Requirements
All applications are accepted through the CAFÉ website ( and must include:
• a letter of intent for the project outlining your approach to the project (limited to 3000 characters) 
• images of public artwork completed within the past seven years highlighting previous accomplishment(s) with public art pieces of similar appropriate scale; Minimum: 10, Maximum :10 images
• Artist resume (limited to 5000 characters)
• 3 professional references who are able to speak directly to your involvement with past public art projects. Please include the name of reference, title, organization, project name, phone number and email.
• This RFQ is requesting only artist qualifications as demonstrated by professional samples of past works.  Please DO NOT send proposals as they will not be considered by the artwork jury panel.

Primary Artist Selection Criteria:
• Technical competence and suitability to the project as demonstrated in letter of intent, resume and past public art installations.
• Artistic excellence as demonstrated in digital images and references.
• Ability to execute public art installations on-time and on-budget.

Artwork Jury Process
An Artist/Artist Team may be selected directly from the initial applications based upon the artist’s public art experience and artwork images.  The City reserves the right to reject all applications.
• City staff will oversee operations and administer the decisions of the artwork jury panel.
• Artwork Jury Panel:  Members of the City of Loveland Visual Arts Commission, two members of the Project Design Team and two Loveland residents will review and vote on the applicants and design concepts for this project.
• Project completion date is desired by mid-July; exact date will be determined jointly by the Artist/Artist Team and the Project Design Team.  Project meetings will start shortly after this contract has been awarded.

Current Timeline
Artwork Jury Recommendations to VAC for Approval: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Finalist(s) notified by City staff: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by 5pm
Presentation of Design Concepts: Thursday, February 7, 2019
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