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Sculptural Art Pieces at South Terminal Complex
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Entry Deadline: 8/12/21
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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Florida

Orlando International Airport

South Terminal C
Sculptural Art Pieces
Submission Requirements
Request for Qualifications (RFP)


The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (“Authority”) seeks one or more artist(s) to provide Sculptural Art Pieces for South Terminal C under a lease or lease to purchase agreement, a summary of which is available under the “Legal Document”. The selection process will involve a Request for Proposals (RFP)  to select up to two (2) artist(s).


The budget for the Sculptural Art Pieces is $300,000.00, inclusive of the costs of installation, subject to agreements to the terms of a lease or a lease purchase agreement.

Background and Theme

Orlando is an international gateway to the Central Florida region. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida serving, pre-COVID pandemic, 50 million annual passengers. MCO has been previously ranked #1 by J.D. Power for customer satisfaction among mega-airports. The airport features world-class service and four-star amenities. The region has grown to become an economic engine in several major sectors including technology and innovation, tourism and themed attractions, agriculture and wellness and space exploration advancement.

“The Orlando Experience®” design concept is best described as creating a feeling that provides a sense of place, reflects the Central Florida environment in the use of light, water, Florida foliage, and is in harmony with the Central Florida environment.

Art As Part of the Design

Since the initial concept, art has been a part of the airport’s design contributing to “The Orlando Experience®.” Throughout the North and South Terminal complexes, art has been incorporated to enhance the design concepts and the architectural statement of space while reflecting the outdoors and natural environment experiences available in Central Florida.

“The Orlando Experience®” is further achieved through passenger conveniences: light and airy spaces, family oriented, natural materials, and finishes indicative and reflective of the Central Florida environment. Iconic symbols for Orlando International Airport are sky, garden, and water. The Airport also includes elements that are reflective of Central Florida’s economic drivers: technology, tourism, agriculture, and space exploration.

The South Terminal Complex is a new $2.7 billion terminal program under construction connected to the North Terminal by an Automated People Mover System, which is all part of the Orlando International Airport campus. The South Terminal includes 15 International and Domestic gates, Ground Transportation Facilities, a Retail and Food Concessions program and Rental Car facilities. The design of the facility embraces and expands on “The Orlando Experience®” concept.  The South Terminal will open in 2022.

The Sculptural Art Pieces will be located in prominent spaces of the South Terminal Complex. The Authority will look at two locations and may select one or two of these locations for the Sculptural Art Pieces. The Sculptural Art Pieces should provide a “wow” or sense of place wayfinding landmark for the travelling public. The piece should be reflective of the transformative nature or environment of Central Florida.

The project offers an opportunity to reflect the community in a timeless and forward thinking way.

Criteria/Theme for the Sculptural Art Pieces

1) “The Orlando Experience®” Context

  • Reflection of “The Orlando Experience®”.
  • Responsiveness to the Orlando International Airport and South Terminal architectural context.
  • The airport is a welcoming gateway to the community; the sculptural pieces must assist in reflecting Orlando and creating a landmark by giving our visitors the best first experience.
  • Welcoming to many cultures and diversities at a global destination.
  • Iconic symbols for MCO are sky, garden, and water.
  • Economic drivers of Central Florida: technology, tourism, agriculture, and space exploration.

2) Technical Feasibility and Maintenance Requirements

  • Consideration of structural capacities, including weight, dimensions, and ease of installation.           
  • Medium and material must be of long-term durability.
  • Sculptural Art Pieces must be fabricated and ready for installation within the space.
  • Easily cleaned and maintained.

3) Size and Weight Limits

  • Location 1: Maximum base 5’ x 5’. Maximum height 13’ including base. Maximum weight 1250 pounds (50lbs/square foot).
  • Location 2: Maximum base 5’ x 5’. Maximum height 16’ including base. Maximum weight 1250 pounds (50lbs/square foot).


The selected artist(s) will be awarded a lease with an option to extend or purchase the Sculptural Art Pieces. The Authority will oversee the installation with the artist(s).


The Sculptural Art Pieces must be complete and ready for installation in early 2022.


The Sculptural Art Pieces will be located:

  • Location 1: Landside Level 2 between and in-line with the glass elevators.
  • Location 2: Airside Level Concourse, centered between and in-line with the escalators.

See Site Details for map.

Building Coordination Requirements

The successful artist(s) will need to work closely with the Authority and its representatives to ensure the Sculptural Art Pieces are coordinated with the building, including the technical requirements. The Sculptural Art Pieces are to be floor positioned (with no fastening). See Site Details.


This opportunity is open to all artists, with a preference to local professional artists, to lease with an option to extend or purchase a Sculptural Art Piece that is already fabricated and ready for installation that reflects the criteria outlined in this RFP.  To qualify as a “local artist,” artists must currently live or have a studio, or lived or had a studio as of January 1, 2020, within the Greater Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area. Artists may not be employees or independent contractors for the Authority.

Selection Process

The selection method will include the CaFE RFP process with the MCO Art Committee choosing up to two (2) finalist artists.

Selection Criteria

Submittals will be evaluated on:

  • Professional experience, quality of work, resume, and references.
  • Letter of interest and explanation of suitability of Sculptural Art Piece(s), including dimensions, weight and materials of the Sculptural Art Piece, and any other details.
  • Aesthetic and physical quality of Sculptural Art Piece(s) submitted.
  • Compatibility with the architectural design, “The Orlando Experience®” airport context and the Criteria/Theme for the Sculptural Art Pieces outlined in this RFP.
  • Value of the piece.
  • Lease payments.

Submittal Requirements

1) Resume with Artist Professional Experiences and References. Upload a professional resume that address the following criteria:

  • Artists must have a national or international reputation.
  • Artists must have a positive critical regard.
  • At least three feferences required with current contact information.
  • Other public commissions or installations.

2) Statement of Suitability. Upload a statement (typed, one-page maximum, no less than 12-point font) that includes:

  • Explanation of the suitability of the submitted piece(s), and how the art is responsive to the Selection Criteria/Theme outlined in this RFP.
  • Description of Piece with size, weight, materials, and any other relevant qualities of the piece(s).
  • The value of the proposed piece and the annual lease payments proposed.

3) Images for submitted artworks. Upload a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) digital images of the piece(s) being submitted.

4) Proof of Residency/Studio. For local artists, proof of residency or of a studio within the Greater Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area, dating no earlier than January 1, 2020; proof may be provided in the form of a bill or lease with the address.

5) Waiver of Claims.  Artists must sign and email to by the deadline for submissions of the proposal  a signed Waiver of Claims form, accessible for download at

6) Certification Regarding Scrutinized Companies That Boycott Israel. Artist(s) must sign and email to by the deadline for submissions of the proposal a signed “Artist Certification Regarding Scrutinized Companies That Boycott Israel” accessible for download at

RFP Steps:

  • Artists respond to RFP with submissions.
  • MCO Art Committee reviews and selects one or two artists.
  • Authority Contract Negotiation with selected artist or artists.
  • Installation.

The Authority reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

Program Schedule

  • Issue RFP: July 2, 2021.
  • Last Day for Written Questions: July 16, 2021 by 5:00PM EDT.
  • Last Addenda by the Authority: August 3, 2021 by 5:00PM EDT.
  • Artists respond to RFP: August 12, 2021 by midnight EDT.
  • MCO Art Committee Selects one or two artist(s): September 2021.

Deadline for Proposal Submittal: upload August 12, 2021 by midnight Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”).

Instructions to Artists

1) From the information provided in the Proposals, it will be determined whether the artist has met the Selection and Eligibility Criteria. If the Proposal is not timely submitted by the artist, or if, in the sole discretion of the Authority, the information contained therein is incomplete, materially defective or not responsive, the Proposal may be rejected by the Authority.

2) Evidence of collusion between or among artists may be considered sufficient for the disqualification of an artist and the rejection of his/her Proposals.

3) The Authority reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to waive any informalities or irregularities of a Proposal, except that (i) the Authority will not waive the requirement that a Proposal, complete in all material respects, be submitted to CaFE by the time and date specified for the receipt thereof, and (ii) the Authority will not consider any Proposal which does not conform in all material respects to the terms of this Request for Proposals.

4) The Authority reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted in any Proposal, to require additional information from any artist, or, in the Authority's sole discretion, to reject any or all Proposals for any reason and to re-advertise or not to re-advertise for Proposals.

5) The Authority also reserves the right to extend the date and time period during which it will accept Proposals. 

6) Each Proposal which has not been rejected will be evaluated by the MCO Art Committee of the Authority (the "Committee"). 

7) The Authority shall not be required to provide to any prospective artist oral interpretations as to the meaning or consequence of any material portion of the Request for Proposals. Requests for interpretation, clarification or correction of the Request for Proposals should be made in writing during the question and answer period. Questions or issues raised during the question and answer period, which, in the Authority's discretion, necessitate changes to the Proposal documents will be the subject of an addendum to these Proposal documents at the conclusion of the question and answer period.  Any responses will be provided by the Authority in writing and will be made available through the electronic media that the Request for Proposals was initially made available, and will be sent to all parties to whom this Request for Proposals has been issued directly by the Authority. It is the responsibility of each artist to ensure that he/she has received and reviewed any and all such response(s) or addendum(s). All requests for clarification or revision to the Request for Proposals shall be made electronically, to by 5:00 PM EDT July 16, 2021, 2021. All documentation, instructions, addendums and answered questions regarding this Request for Proposals are available on the Authority’s website at

8) The Authority has adopted a policy on lobbying activities which is available at the Authority’s reception desk, or by calling (407) 825-2001. The policy on lobbying activities prohibits communication to encourage the approval, disapproval, adoption, repeal, rescission, passage, defeat or modification of an agreement with any Authority staff who are members of any committee constituted for the purposes of ranking proposals, letters of interest, statements of qualifications or bids and thereafter forwarding recommendations to the Board and/or Board members from the time that a Request for Proposals, Request for Letters of Interests, Request for Qualifications or Request for Bids is released to the time that the Board makes an award.

9) Please be advised that all meetings of the MCO Art Committee to evaluate Proposals are duly noticed public meetings and that all documents submitted to the Authority as a part of a Proposal constitute public records under Florida laws. Artists are invited to attend all of these public meetings.

10) Public Entity Crimes. The artist represents that it is familiar with the terms and conditions of Section 287.133, Florida Statutes, and further represents and warrants to the Authority that, to the best if its knowledge and good faith belief, neither artist nor any affiliate of artist has ever been convicted of a public entity crime.  Artist acknowledges receipt of the following notice that Section 287.133(2)(a), Florida Statutes provides:

A person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a conviction for a public entity crime may not submit a bid, proposal, or reply on a contract to provide any goods or services to a public entity; may not submit a bid, proposal, or reply on a contract with a public entity for the construction or repair of a public building or public work; may not submit bids, proposals, or replies on leases of real property to a public entity; may not be awarded or perform work as a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, or consultant under a contract with any public entity; and may not transact business with any public entity in excess of $35,000 for a period of 36 months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list.

11) The Authority has adopted a "Code of Ethics and Business Conduct" policy which addresses, among other things, the obligations of the Authority's employees with respect to interests in business entities, unauthorized compensation and acceptance of gifts.  Please be aware that any act by an artist that could lead an Authority employee to violate the policy is sufficient cause for the denial of the right of the artist to submit Proposals or propose on any contract or sell any materials, supplies, equipment, or services to the Authority for a period of time that is determined by the Chief Executive Officer. A copy of the policy is available upon request from the Manager of Board Services.

12) Scrutinized Companies. By submitting a Proposal, the artist certifies that it is not: 1) included on the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List; or 2) engaged in the boycott of Israel.