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Downtown Fremont Public Art (Temporary Installation) – COMMUNITY: SHARING ENERGY
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Entry Deadline: 2/14/19
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 4, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 4, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: California

Downtown Fremont Public Art Program (Temporary Installation) – COMMUNITY: SHARING ENERGY AND COLLABORATING

The City of Fremont, California is seeking a large scale sculpture to display for a period of two (2) years from May 2019 through May 2021, at its gateway location to Downtown Fremont. The City is looking for a piece that anchors the main intersection of Capitol Avenue and Fremont Boulevard and has a commanding presence.

As part of the Downtown Community Plan, an Art Fund was established with the vision of providing funding for public art installations in the Downtown; permanent, temporary, and programmatic. This temporary installation opportunity is to focus on “Community: Sharing Energy and Collaborating” as its theme.

A bit more about Fremont: Fremont is the San Francisco Bay Area’s fourth largest city with a population of 235,000. The City incorporated in 1956 merging five separate townships together. Since its incorporation, the community has longed for a central gathering place. The creation of Downtown Fremont, a downtown that is being built from scratch, is envisioned to serve as that space for the community. The City is in Phase II of three phases in the development of its downtown. Phase I, the infrastructure build-out of the Downtown, included an extension and transformation of its “Main Street,” Capitol Avenue, into a multi-modal street complete with wide sidewalks and inviting landscaping to promote outdoor areas as public space. Phase II entails the construction of new development in the Downtown ranging from its first mixed-use development, Locale @ State Street totaling 21,000 square feet in ground floor retail with 157 residential units near completion, to the groundbreaking of a new Downtown community center and plaza. 

The temporary installation is intended to contribute to the vitality of the Downtown by displaying exciting works of art in the Downtown on a two (2) year rotating basis. Applications must include photographs of submitted work taken from the front and back viewpoints and must include one image per submission with an adult person standing next to the artwork for scale in addition to an image of the artwork superimposed onto the site.
The artwork must be completed works of art available for installation by May 2019. The two-year exhibition period will run from May 2019 to May 2021. 

The artwork will be placed in a highly visible location in the city located at the intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Capitol Avenue, a main gateway into Downtown Fremont. Throughout the year, Downtown Fremont hosts events such as the Fremont Festival of the Arts, the largest free festival west of the Mississippi, the Fremont Fourth of July parade, the Festival of India, and Fremont Street Eats, a weekly gourmet food truck event from May through October. The opportunity will not only help define the character of the Downtown as the central gathering space and heart of the City, but provide significant exposure for the artwork as well as for the Artist. The selected piece will be prominently featured on the City’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as highlighted in print media and the City’s newsletter, distributed to all Fremont households. For more information on the Downtown, please visit   

Theme: Community: Sharing Energy and Collaborating 
The theme of this temporary public art installation for the Downtown is “Community: Sharing Energy and Collaborating.” The City is seeking a sculpture that speaks to community and how sharing energy between people and collaborating can ultimately bring forth change and creation. Although Downtown Fremont is physically shifting from a suburban landscape into a vibrant, walkable, multi-modal “Main Street” that exudes sidewalk culture with active and exciting restaurants, nightlife, and retail, it has also been gathering its momentum as a gathering space from the shared energy of our community. 

Downtown Fremont continues to evolve as it has completed the first phase of Downtown development into the construction of buildings rising from the ground. Therefore, in an effort to continue contributing towards an active and vibrant Downtown for our community, the site of the future Downtown community center has been operating as a temporary plaza since fall 2018. From community input, the temporary plaza has evolved into a space with daily activities including: food trucks, outdoor games, public art, music, a beer garden, maker space, and regularly scheduled community events to be later integrated into the permanent plaza designed for the new Downtown community center and plaza. 

The artwork should convey this feeling of a community gathering together to share energy and collaborate.

Artists shall provide a short written statement (up to 150 words) as part of their submittal explaining how their sculpture addresses and illustrates the theme.  

Artwork Dimensions and Site Specifications
The City is seeking a large scale sculpture that must be designed and fabricated for long-term outdoor durability and ease of maintenance to withstand the elements such as strong wind, rain, and excessive sunshine. We are looking for a piece that anchors the corner of Capitol Avenue and Fremont Boulevard and has a commanding presence. Please refer to the concrete pad site specifications attached. Detailed specifications of anchoring the structure to the concrete pad are required to be submitted with the application as well as a written description detailing the installation and removal of the piece.

The artist will be provided a quarterly stipend of $625 for the duration of the two-year exhibition period. The total amount paid to the artist will be $5,000 paid in quarterly installments of $625 throughout the two-year exhibition period. It is the responsibility of the Artist to deliver the artwork to the premises with an agreed upon date with the City of Fremont for installation with modifications as requested by the City and implemented by the artist. The artist will be responsible for the transportation, installation, and removal of the artwork and will be provided with assistance for the installation and removal from the City.  

All submissions must be previously completed artworks. This opportunity is open to professional artists residing in California age 18 and older.  

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria to be used for consideration shall include, but not limited to the following: artistic quality, responsiveness to the program theme, compatibility with the site, visibility, viewer’s perspective, public safety, durability and maintenance. Responses to this call for artists will be evaluated by the City of Fremont’s Art Review Board. The Art Review Board shall recommend no fewer than two pieces of artwork from different artists for approval to the Fremont City Council. The Art Review Board consists of community members and art experts that serve to advise the City in artistic matters and selection of art in public places.  

Submission Requirements
Please submit the following materials for each piece of artwork. If you are submitting more more than one piece, please submit a separate application for each piece. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Complete submissions must include the following:

1) Images
Each piece of artwork must include four (4) digital images that accurately represent the work size, including height, span, and ground clearance.      
• One image showing the vantage point from the front of the artwork,
• One image showing the vantage point from the back of the artwork,
• One image showing an adult person standing next to the artwork for scale. 
• One image of the artwork superimposed on the site. Photos of the site are included in the site details:

2) Description
• Artist
• Title
• Description of the artwork
• Medium
• Dimensions (width x height)
• Value of the artwork

3) Statement regarding contract
Artists must review the Public Art Agreement and state in writing that, if selected, they would enter into this agreement with the City:

4) Statement regarding theme
Artist must provide a written statement (up to 150 words) as part of their submittal explaining how their sculpture addresses and illustrates the theme.

5) Statement regarding purchase of artwork
Artist must state in writing if they would be willing to sell the artwork to the City after the two-year exhibition period if there was an interest from the City to purchase the artwork. The artist must also indicate the purchase price of the artwork. The artist’s willingness to sell the artwork will not affect the selection process.

6) Art installation plan 
Please reference the attached floor/site plan and provide an installation and removal plan for the attachment and detachment of the artwork to the concrete pad.

7) Artist bio/resume

8) List of locations proposed piece has been displayed, if applicable

January 11, 2019 – Call for artists closes
January 16, 2019 – Art Review Board extends deadline for call for artists to encourage more local artists to apply and obtain additional applications
February 14, 2019 – Call for artists closes
February 20, 2019 – Art Review Board recommends submissions to go to City Council
March 2019 – Submissions go to City Council; final selection made
March/April 2019 – Execute contract
May 2019 – Artwork installed in Downtown Fremont

Contact Information
For questions, please contact:
Luciana Torres, Communications Management Analyst
City of Fremont

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