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City of Livermore - Civic Center Meeting Hall
1052 S Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: California
Entry Deadline: 9/11/18
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Images - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 7

City of Livermore - Civic Center Meeting Hall Artwork

Livermore, CA

Qualified artists are invited to submit proposals for a medium to large outdoor artwork to be permanently installed at the City of Livermore’s new Civic Center Meeting Hall, located at the corner of S. Livermore Avenue and Pacific Avenue.  The new facility is currently under construction, with an expected time for art installation of January 2019.  This state of the art facility will house the City’s Council Chambers, as well as the City’s Emergency Operations Center. There are two outdoor pieces of art currently installed at the site. This RFP will provide an artwork to sit in the heart of a proposed sculpture garden, anchored by the two existing independent sculptures.


The deadline has been extended until September 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time


Open to all artists residing in the United States.  Previous installation of outdoor public art is not a requirement, however demonstrated experience in successfully realizing permanent public art installations will be considered when reviewing submissions.


Founded in 1869, Livermore is California’s oldest wine region and is surrounded by wineries, farm lands and ranches that mirror the valley’s western heritage. The City’s current population of 84,852 encompasses 26.44 square miles and is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the gateway to California’s Central Valley. Protection by the coastal range provides the Livermore Valley with a mild climate that enhances the pursuit of a more relaxed, less congested lifestyle.

Livermore’s arts, culture, western heritage and vibrant wine industry provide a unique blend to this special community. Historic Downtown Livermore is enjoying a renaissance reestablishing the downtown as the city’s preeminent shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural district with a 10-screen cinema and a 500-seat performing arts center. With the addition of several residential projects and a pedestrian-oriented environment, the City is establishing an active urban living experience in the Valley.

As home to renowned science and technology centers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore is a technological hub and an academically engaged community. It has become an integral part of the Bay Area, successfully competing in the global market powered by its wealth of research, technology and innovation.

Public Art Budget

The budget for this project is $57,000. The project budget is inclusive of all costs related to the artist’s design, supplies, materials, fabrication, transportation, delivery, plinth and installation of the artwork, as well as insurance required by the City and all other costs associated with installation of the art.  Foundation, identification plaque, and ongoing maintenance costs will be the responsibility of the City.


All requirements listed below must be met or the application may be removed from consideration. 

  • Artist Statement or Résumé must be current and include a website address.
  • You must provide at least one (1) color image of your existing proposed artwork or a design of your proposed artwork.  A maximum of three (3) images may be uploaded. Be sure to indicate the scale of the artwork.
  • Indicate installed dimensions of the artwork.
  • Provide three (3) color images of sample works representing artist’s original work that best illustrates Public Art experience. 
  • Include one (1) video file of the proposed artwork if it is a kinetic piece.
  • Contact Information for two references from projects of similar scope and size.

Selection Criteria

Proposals submitted will be reviewed by a committee of the Commission for the Arts. Recommendations from the committee will be presented to the Commission for the Arts for final approval.

 The Commission will use the following guidelines as established in the City’s Cultural Arts Plan. Proposed artwork should:

  • Capture attention, engage the public, and be appropriate to its specific location;
  • Aesthetically enhance the Civic Center complex area and otherwise interact with its surrounding environment;
  • Be appropriate for a high pedestrian traffic environment;
  • Be designed with consideration of the safety of the public;
  • Be constructed of permanent, durable materials with consideration given to ongoing maintenance; maintenance-free is preferred;
  • Be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including high winds, high temperatures, heavy rain, storms, etc.;
  • Be suitable by way of form and quality for family viewing and approachability;
  • Be one of a kind or limited edition.  Artwork that is similar to artwork already placed or to be placed in other public art programs within 200 miles of Livermore will not be considered.

Proposed Schedule

September 7, 2018 - Deadline for entry
September 25, 2018 - Approval by Commission for the Arts
October 2018 - Enter into contract with Artist
January 2019 - Artist installs artwork


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