Call Detail
Civic Art – Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center

Entry Deadline: 7/30/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: California

The City of Santa Clarita (City) is seeking an artwork to be permanently located at a Metrolink Station and Bus Transfer Station (Station), now under construction at the Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center.

The City intends to select one artist to design and fabricate an original, site-specific artwork to be located on a wall and visible at the Station. The Station is near the site of a significant event in California history: the 'wedding of the rails' in 1876. Previously accessible only by ship and wagon, Los Angeles was an isolated outpost until the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroad tracks were joined together with a golden spike just east of the Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center site. 

The artwork (representative or conceptual) will be inspired by the themes relating to this event. Three historic plaques will be relocated to the station within sight of the artwork. One is a State Historic Landmark, the second memorializes the Chinese rail workers, and the third marks the site of the golden spike ceremony. See attached 'View Site Details'.

The all-inclusive budget for this project is $40,000. Artist(s) are invited to submit portfolios of past work for consideration.


  • Artwork will be in proximity to three historical makers and should relate to and/or work in conjunction with the markers. (attached: View Site Details) Historical plaques will be moved and relocated by the City of Santa Clarita. Plaques are not the responsibility of the artist.
  • Artwork should convey or contribute to the joining of the rails and the golden spike. (attached: reference information on Lang Station - View Site Details)
  • Creativity and innovation of design are encouraged.
  • Artwork must be an original design.
  • Artwork must be suitable for viewing by all ages.
  • Artwork may not be used for advertisement or to promote business, product, or viewpoint.
  • Designs must not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, business names, corporate or organizational branding, or images of drugs.
  • Artwork can be of any medium, but artists should consider structural and surface soundness and materials that can withstand outside and uncovered weather conditions as well as inherent resistance to theft, vandalism, and excessive maintenance and repair costs. Artists will be required to outline in their proposal the suggested maintenance schedule.


  • Artwork must fit on pre-determined location. (attached: specification plan - View Site Details)
  • The selected artwork should not be more than 11’ wide and no more than 15’ in height, with a depth of 4”. The artwork can be no heavier than 40 pounds per square foot (PSF). 
  • Artwork must be installed in a manner with sufficient anchoring to prevent it from being removed, broken, or overturned due to wind or an earthquake. The City will review the artist's proposed installation plans and will request additional information from a California licensed engineer (hired by the artist) to address safety concerns the City may have. 
  • The City will provide a plaque near the artwork, that indicates the name of the artist and the title of artwork. 
  • Power for the artwork itself is not available onsite, as there will be no electricity to the artwork.  If the artwork requires power then it is suggested that it include a solar component. The walkway will have natural light, as the artwork will be outside.  
  • Artwork must be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the desert (high winds and extreme temperatures).
  • Artwork must comply with standard engineering practices and requirements.
  • Artwork will be evaluated to require that it does not present a hazard to public safety and must conform to ADA standards.
  • Delivered artwork that differs significantly from artwork represented will be disqualified.

July 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST - Application Due
November 2021 – Semi-finalist notified (30 days to develop proposal)
December 2021/January 2022 – Semi-finalist interviews
March 2022 – Arts Commission and City Council review and approval
April 2022 – Selected finalist notified (to start contract process)
November 2022 – Installation

The identified location will be at the Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center, address:
27550 ½ Vista Canyon Blvd.
Santa Clarita, California  91387
United States

Up to five (5) artists will be invited to create site-specific artwork proposals and will receive a $1,000 honorarium, plus $400 (accommodation allowance). 

  • Artist will have 30 days to create a conceptual proposal to present to the Artist Selection Committee
  • Presentation will include:
  1. Concept of the site-specific artwork, which follows the Design and Project Guidelines
  2. Maintenance and Conservation of artwork
  3. Budget
  4. Questions and Answers from the Artist Selection Committee

The total budget for the artwork is $40,000.

  • Artist is responsible for the delivery of artwork per scheduled date.
  • The artist is required to provide installation instructions and a maintenance guide for proper care of the artwork.
  • Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, and transportation.
  • Artist is responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.
  • The selected artist will be required to include insurance coverage for the installation period only.
  • If a protective coating to address environmental or vandalism concerns is deemed necessary, this must be covered by the artist.

Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit an individual or collaborative artist application.  Artist must have a US mailing address for payment to be mailed to and must fill out a W-9.

The required materials must be submitted electronically by midnight (PST), Monday, July 30, 2021.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Artist statement
  4. Up to ten (10) images of previous artwork.  At least one example must be an existing public artwork.


  • Visual impact
  • Interpretation and creativity
  • Composition and design
  • Craftsmanship
  • Clarity of project-specific intent, relevant professional experience, and artistic vision, as expressed in Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and Artistic Statement
  • Design criteria and eligibility guidelines met

Links regarding the community and history of the Santa Clarita area:

  • SCV History -
  • Lang Station –
  • Vista Canyon –
  • City of Santa Clarita –
  • Public Art App -
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  • Visit Santa Clarita -
  • Demographics -
  • Community Profile -

For further information about the prospectus, please contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events division at or (661) 250-3787.


Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria