Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Type: Public Art
Entry Deadline: 6/30/21
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 7
About Cape Coral:
Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida, on the Caloosahatchee River near where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The city was founded in 1957 by brothers Jack and Leonard Rosen and developed as a planned community. Promoted as a “Waterfront Wonderland," Cape Coral has over 400 miles of navigable waterways, more than any other city in the world. With an area of close to 120 square miles, geographically Cape Coral is the second largest city in Florida and the largest city between Tampa and Miami.
The character of a place is created by the physical environment and the activities that happen there. South Cape can best be described as diversified and eclectic, punctuated by its original modern elements. The goal of the Community Redevelopment Agency is to facilitate the emergence of a vibrant urban village where people of all ages will live, work, shop and be entertained. Many of the dining and entertainment establishments of the South Cape emulate a quirky and relaxed atmosphere.
The Entertainment District is at the heart of the CRA. It has the greatest energy and concentration of active uses, including the Big John Shopping Center and concentrated uses along Vincennes Boulevard and SE 47th Terrace, both of which are important streets in South Cape. The sub-district includes one of the largest municipally owned parking lots that serve many of the existing adjacent uses. The parking lot is also the venue for some of the CRA’s events and festivals.
The Community Redevelopment agency seeks to commission an artist/artist team to create site-specific artwork to be placed in the roundabout, shaded by palm trees, that will serve as a landmark, as a marker in the cultural history of the City. The ideal artwork will create visual interest for the recently enhanced streetscape and pedestrian pathways and further Cape Coral’s identity and sense of place. The CRA is looking for a sculpture with contemporary design elements that will withstand our sub-tropical winds, intense sunshine and rainfall.
A total budget of $45,000 covers all costs associated with the project, including, but not limited to, materials, fabrication, installation, permitting, documentation and transportation. In addition, up to three finalists will be given a $500 design fee to develop a maquette/proposal for final consideration by the Community Redevelopment Agency and selection committee.
The sculpture at the base is not to exceed 5 feet in diameter and 10 feet in height. There is room for the sculpture to extend beyond the 5-foot diameter in the middle or toward the top. There are four palm trees surrounding the center of the roundabout. (see photos for visual description of area). Since vehicles circumnavigate this circular area, it would not be appropriate to include interactive features that encourage children or adults to climb or play on the artwork or have such fine detail requiring close interaction. The work must not include moving parts. The work must be original and preferably (but not required) be relatable to the City of Cape Coral, South Cape. The sculptural components and materials must be able to withstand the tropical elements including intense sunlight, excess rainfall, hurricanes, cyclones and high summer temperatures. Electricity available at the roundabout is on two 20 Amp/120 Volt circuits.
Deadline for Submissions:
Midnight EST, June 30, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. However, CRA reserves the right to extend this deadline, if necessary.
Artists 18 years and older residing in the United States.
In awarding this commission, the Community Redevelopment Agency will review each artist’s letter of interest, resume and images submitted in the RFQ. Thereafter, the Committee will select up to three finalists. The three finalists will be paid a $500 design fee. The three finalists are required to present their proposals in person or virtually through Microsoft Teams to the CRA board in open session. The date for proposals will be provided to the three finalists. Finalists may choose to provide a maquette but it is not required. The presentation must include a prefabrication review that identifies the materials the artist intends to use, expected longevity, fabrication techniques, installation methods and long-term preventative maintenance strategies. During the CRA board meeting there will be time for public input. Thereupon, the board will select the winning design based upon the merits of the proposal, suitability of materials and artist’s credentials. The CRA reserves the right to accept and/or reject any proposal or groups of proposals. The CRA also reserves the right to increase the budget or decrease the budget based upon the submission of the artist. Candidates will be selected based on the submission requirements. Further instructions will be provided to the three finalists regarding the final sculptural components, dates and additional information as needed.
Artist Criteria- must meet at least TWO of the following criteria in order to have their submissions considered:
Completed other public art commissions of a similar scale (provide images)
Received awards, grants or fellowships
Had works included in major private, corporate or museum collections.
Had at least one solo exhibition at an American Associations of Museums accredited institution within the past five years
Submissions MUST include:
Letter of Intent- Brief letter of interest describing your approach and how your work relates to the project
Current resume or CV- Contact information- email, phone, website, address
Images-Three to five (3-5) images of prior completed projects similar in scope
Image list- brief description of each image including dimensions, budget, materials, location
Artists are required to submit the foregoing on the CAFÉ’ site (www.callforentry.org) at no charge. This online application process requires that all images and materials be submitted in digital format. For digital image requirements, please visit CAFÉ’s Image Prep section
The four planters (attached on site images) on each corner of the roundabout paver wall and the plant inside of the Roundabout will be removed. The commissioned sculpture will be housed within the roundabout paver wall area.