Call Detail
City of Fremont: Public Artwork for Outdoor Plaza (Urban Plaza)
39550 Liberty Street, Fremont CA 94538

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: California
Entry Deadline: 3/2/20
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 5

Images - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6
The City of Fremont, California is seeking artist proposals for the commission of an innovative and permanent public art installation flanking the entrance to a new outdoor plaza, Urban Plaza, in south Fremont. The artist will design, fabricate, and install the artwork. The area for the artwork is approximately 8 to 9 feet in diameter.

This opportunity is open to all professional artists nationwide. Artists must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with substantial budgets.

The budget for this project—including design, fabrication, and installation—is a maximum of $320,000.

The artwork will be located at the Metro Crossing Urban Plaza, which is part of a new mixed-use development currently under construction at 44960 Warm Springs Boulevard in Fremont’s new Warm Springs Innovation District. Metro Crossing will include 1,001 residential units comprised of condominiums and apartments, and 6,000 square-feet of retail space. The artwork itself will be in the public right-of-way on the corner adjacent to Urban Plaza. The plaza will be privately owned but publicly accessible open space. The artwork will serve as a centerpiece, marking the main entrance into Metro Crossing. It will be visible from the adjacent Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station across the street. Urban Plaza will provide a walking pathway, meandering seating walls, heavily landscaped areas, playful granite stone seating areas, benches, bike racks, and vibrant kinetic private art pieces on the south side of the plaza. The commissioned artwork will help define the character of the area, promote a passive pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, offer pleasant walking experiences for residents and visitors, and receive significant exposure.

For more information on the Warm Springs Innovation District, please visit

Selection Process
Responses to this call for artists will be evaluated by Fremont's Art Review Board. The Art Review Board shall recommend a first choice and second choice proposal to the Fremont City Council for final approval. 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. 

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria to be used for consideration shall include, but not limited to, the following: 

1. Strength of artist’s conceptual art proposal and descriptive narrative.
2. Strength of artist’s resume and letter of interest.
3. Artist’s demonstrated ability to complete public art projects of similar scale.
4. Proposed artwork’s resistance to general wear, vandalism, and theft.
5. Proposed artwork’s ease of maintenance.
6. Proposed artwork’s adherence to public safety standards.

The tentative timeline is as follows:

February 10, 2020: Issue call for artists
March 2, 2020: Deadline for call for artists
April 2020: Art Review Board reviews artist proposals and selects finalists
May 2020: Art Review Board interviews finalists, identifies first and second choice, and makes recommendation to Fremont City Council
June 2020: Fremont City Council awards contract to selected artist
June 2020: Execute contract
June 2020-Spring 2021: Artist completes artwork and installation

Application Process
All interested artists are asked to submit their proposals electronically via the CaFÉ website. Applicants must submit the following materials:

1. Letter of Interest: Describes the artist’s interest in this specific project, what they bring to the project as an artist, and experience with other projects of similar scope.
2. Updated Resume: Professional resume not to exceed three pages.
3. Conceptual Art Proposal and Narrative: One conceptual art proposal (preferably an annotated sketch) and a descriptive narrative including vision, approach, cost, size, and possible materials. Only PDF documents will be considered, and each page should be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and title of the artwork.
4. Images of Past Works: At least four (4) and no more than six (6) images of the artist’s previously installed work. The title, medium, dimensions, and value should be included with each image.
5. References: Three (3) professional references from past projects with contact information.

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