Call Detail
City of Loveland: 37th Street Bridge
Entry Deadline: 5/6/20
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado

City of Loveland Art in Public Places Program

Artwork Installations for the 37th Street Bridge

The City of Loveland Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for artwork installations along 37th Street between North Lincoln Street and Monroe.  This project, called the 37th Street Connector, is a large-scale infrastructure project that will significantly improve connectivity and offer new options for east-west mobility in north Loveland.  Construction involves a new road, bridge and roundabout as well as Dry Creek channel/stormwater outfall improvements. 

Two locations have been identified for public artwork installations.  Artists may apply to one or both of these projects through CAFE; however, these RFQs will be released and reviewed separately under the names of City of Loveland: 37th Street Bridge and the City of Loveland: 37th Street Roundabout.  Both projects are open to any professional artist (or artist team) with demonstrated experience in creating signature artwork of a large scale. 

Scope and Project Description - 37thStreet Bridge
37th Street Bridge Features:   The pedestrian walkway and railing on the each side of the bridge are possible locations for public art.  The bridge will have vehicle traffic and feature sidewalks and bike lanes (on both sides).  Additionally, artwork may be attached to the top of the pillars and 1” recesses along the length of the bridge.  Construction will be completed in June 2020.  Surface length:  90’each side; 180’ total.  Budget: $35,000.

Application Process
The Commission is requesting qualifications and professional samples of past public artworks in order to be considered for this project.  From this RFQ, up to three finalists may be selected to present design concepts for this project.  Finalists will be paid an honorarium to develop and present their artwork design concepts.  Please do not submit proposals to this RFQ as those proposals will be removed from the jury process.

The 37th Street Bridge will have a pedestrian walkway.  The artwork will be located in the line of sight for motorists and pedestrians and should have an immediate visual impact that does not require an “up close and personal” inspection.  The scale of the art should be appropriate to the scale of the site.

All applications must be submitted through the CAFÉ website by the deadline and must include: 

  • a preliminary statement of approach for the project which communicates scope and scale
  • at least 5 images of fabricated and installed public artwork completed within the past five years which highlight your previous accomplishment(s) with public art installations of similar appropriate scale.  No more than 2 images per project are permitted.  Do not submit images of past proposals that have not been executed.  Minimum: 5 Maximum; Maximum: 10 images
  • your professional resume specifically highlighting public artwork commissions and/or sculpture installations
  • 3 professional references

Design Components for Selected Finalists
The City’s Visual Arts Commission seeks artwork design concepts that are intended for installation within an outdoor setting that meets the following preferences:

  • reflects the animals and plant life of the northern CO plains; however, the design does not have to be representational
  • may makes use of silhouetted or negative space
  • easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)
  • suitable for general public viewing
  • design could not be construed as traffic or wayfinding signals

Finalists may present art elements within their inventory provided there is no other work in that edition installed within a 60-mile radius of the installation site. 

A maximum of $35,000 has been allocated for the 37th Street Bridge to include all design, fabrication, insurance, installation, travel, contingency and incidental costs.  The City of Loveland reserves the right to withdraw from the project prior to such time as a contract is formally entered into with the Artist.  Contract provisions will apply subsequent to the agreement by both parties. 

Artwork Jury Process
·         City staff will oversee operations and administer the decisions of the jury panel.
·         Artwork Selection Panel:  Members of City of Loveland Visual Arts Commission, one Public Works representative and 4-5 Loveland residents will serve as jurors for the project. 
·          Each finalist will present a scaled maquette as well as additional information the artist feels appropriate for the jury panel’s review. 
·         A detailed budget will be required of finalists.  The detailed budget must include all expenditures in connection with the execution of the project.  (Prior to submitting a proposal, it is recommended that artists prepare such a budget to ensure the project can be executed as presented.)
·         Stamped, engineered drawings are required prior to acceptance and installation. 
·         The selected artist/artist team will work closely with Cultural Services and Public Works throughout the project timeline to ensure Public Works’ requirements are met.

Selection Criteria
The primary criteria for selection:
·         Assigned Personnel:  Do the person(s) working on the project have the necessary skills to execute the project?  Has the artist/artist team completed on time and on budget a project of similar scope?  Are there sufficient people with the requisite skills assigned to the project? 
·         Scope of Proposal:  Does the proposal show an understanding of the project objective, appropriate scale and desired results? 
·         Materials:  Are the materials safe and durable enough for the Colorado climate (including winds of up to 120/mph)?
·         Aesthetics: Does the artwork meet the aesthetic preferences as stated within the RFQ?
·         Availability:  Can the work be completed within an acceptable timeframe?

Project completion date will be determined jointly by artist and the Visual Arts Commission. 

Reminder:  Two locations have been identified for pubic artworks installations.  Artists may apply to one or both of these projects.  Please see the City of Loveland: 37th Street Roundabout RFQ if you are also interested in applying for that portion of the project.  Both projects are open to any professional artist (or artist team) with demonstrated experience in creating signature artwork of a large scale.  37th Street Roundabout Project budget is $25,000.  Construction will be completed in June 2020.

Submission and Contact Information
Suzanne Janssen, Public Art Manager
(970) 962-2495 /

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