Call Detail
City of Livermore Outdoor Sculpture
Entry Deadline: 8/20/21
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 4
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: California


This Call for Artists is open to all sculpture artists residing in the United States, with special consideration given to submissions by local San Francisco Bay Area artists. The first 250 proposals will be accepted.  Previous placement of a permanent outdoor sculpture is not a requirement; however, demonstrated experience in successfully realizing permanent public art installations will be considered when reviewing submissions.   



Founded in 1869, Livermore is California’s oldest wine region and is surrounded by vineyards, wineries, farm lands and ranches that mirror the valley’s western heritage. The City’s current population of 91,411 encompasses 26.44 square miles and is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the gateway to California’s Central Valley. Protection by the coastal range provides the Livermore Valley with a mild climate that enhances the pursuit of a more relaxed, less congested lifestyle.

Livermore’s arts, culture, western heritage and vibrant wine and craft brew industries provide a unique blend to this special community. Historic Downtown Livermore is enjoying a renaissance reestablishing the downtown as the city’s preeminent shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural district with a 10-screen cinema, an independent movie theater and a  500-seat performing arts center.  With the addition of several residential development projects and a pedestrian oriented environment, the City is establishing an active urban living experience in the Tri-Valley.

As home to renowned science and technology centers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore is a technological hub and an academically engaged community. It has become an integral part of the Bay Area, successfully competing in the global market powered by its wealth of research, technology and innovation.

Public Art Budget

The budget for this project is $40,000. The project budget includes all costs related to the artist’s design, supplies, materials, fabrication, transportation and delivery of the sculpture, as well as insurance required by the City of Livermore and all other costs associated with the art project up to receipt of the selected sculpture by the City. Installation, identification plaque, and ongoing maintenance costs will be the responsibility of the City.



The proposed location is detailed below; specific site location, description and limitations are detailed in the Site Map at the end of this RFP.  The City reserves the right to substitute an alternate location for a proposed location if it is deemed necessary by the City.


Sculpture Site –Livermore is divided into 4 voting districts; past City funded sculpture installations have been centered in the downtown Cultural Arts District.  In an effort to include all districts when considering art installations, this RFP will be the first to focus on a site in District 2, commonly referred to as Springtown. Refer to site location information.


You must use the online site to apply for this project. The name of this Call is “City of Livermore: “Outdoor Sculpture Project”  The Call is limited to the first 250 applicants. All requirements listed below must be met for consideration. 

  • Full application completed through the Western States Arts Federation website:
  •  Artist Statement or Résumé must be current and include a website if available.
  • You must provide three (3) color images of ONE sculpture with each application: two images clearly showing the front and back of the sculpture and the other showing detail.  Be sure to show the scale of the work.
  • Artists may submit up to four (4) applications for this Call, with (3) color images of ONE sculpture per application.
  • You must provide two (2) color images of sample works representing the artist’s original work that best illustrate sculpture experience.
  • If the sculpture is kinetic, Artist should include a maximum of one (1) video file.
  •  Contact Information for three references from projects of similar scope and size.

Selection Criteria

Proposals submitted will be reviewed by a committee of the Livermore Commission for the Arts.  Recommendations from the committee will be presented to the Livermore Commission for the Arts for approval.  Approved recommendations from the Commission for the Arts will then be presented to the Livermore City Council for final approval.


The Commission for the Arts will use the following guidelines as established in the City’s Cultural Arts Plan. A proposed sculpture should:

  • Capture attention, engage the public, and be appropriate to its specific location;
  • Aesthetically enhance the surrounding area and otherwise interact with its surrounding environment;
  • Be appropriate for a high-pedestrian traffic environment;
  • Be designed with consideration of the safety of the public;
  • Be constructed of permanent, durable materials and preferably be maintenance-free;
  • Be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including high winds, high temperatures, heavy rain, storms, etc.;
  • Not involve electric power, water, electronics, or be based solely on light sources;
  • Be suitable by way of form and quality for public viewing, and if appropriate, approachability (depending on installation location);
  • Be one of a kind or limited edition, unique to the region.  Sculptures that are identical to sculptures already placed or to be placed in other similar public sculpture programs within 200 miles of Livermore will not be considered.

Proposed Schedule

  • Deadline for entry                                   Aug 20, 2021
  • Approval by Commission for the Arts    Sept 28, 2021
  • Approval by City Council                        Oct 25, 2021
  • Enter into contract with Artist                 October 2021
  • Artist delivers artwork                                     TBD

Address questions to:

Adam Van de Water, Staff Liaison Commission for the Arts
(925) 960-4405