ATTENTION ARTISTS: BUILD THE EPIC KANSAS CITY WORKERS MEMORIAL!!!
As organized labor fades from the American political lexicon, here's the last artistic stand of this movement subsidized by Kansas City taxpayers.
Our blog community asks . . .
"This is what those high water bills pay for?"
It's supposed to be place for union folks to gather, rather than empty union halls . . .
Take a look at the pricey public art tribute and maybe send in a proposal to show Sally Field in her prime and poking through her t-shirt . . .
PUBLIC ART REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
WORKERS MEMORIAL PROJECT
ESTIMATED PUBLIC ART PROJECT BUDGET RANGE: $150,000 - $250,000
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTALS: October 28, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking artists or artist collaborations to work collaboratively within the design process to develop innovative, original art that represents the union trades for the Workers Memorial project located at Water Works Park.
The Workers Memorial will represent the working men and women who have lost their lives building Kansas City. The memorial should try to have a broad appeal representing a number of trades in the construction industry. Those trades include: Boilermakers, Carpenters, Bricklayers, Cement Masons, Elevator Constructors, Heat & Frost Insulators, Electricians, Ironworkers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Painters, Pipefitters, Plasterers, Plumbers, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, Sprinkler Fitters, and Teamsters. The site should create a welcoming yet somber impression to visitors.
Key elements should include providing a monumental feeling of awe, with the presence of history of Kansas City, that tells the story of workers building it . . .
The primary objective for the memorial should include:
To bring awareness of fallen workers to the community.
To provide a site for families that have lost a loved one on a project to visit.
To provide a space for Union members to gather. (The site will include lighting.)
Artwork for this project will be commissioned through the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Artists will coordinate work with city staff, Union representatives and the design team. The estimated budget for artwork and all related art project costs is in the range of $150,000 - $250,000. Possibility of in-kind work, materials and/or site preparation through the various trades.
The opportunity to compete for this project is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. The City of Kansas City does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Qualifications by City employees or their relatives, and members of the Artist Selection Panel or Municipal Art Commission or their relatives will not be considered. Experience with public art projects, especially in relation to capital projects, is preferred. Applicants must be able to work effectively within the project timeline and collaborate with the design team and multiple government agencies.
The selection panel includes artists and arts professionals familiar with the field of public art, citizens, Union representatives, design professionals and City staff. The panel will select a small group of finalists who’ll be asked to develop proposals. A stipend will be provided for the development of the proposals/finalist interviews.
The criteria used by the panel will include the artist’s professional credentials as evidenced by the submitted materials.
The City of Kansas City is not required to make selections from these submissions, if, in their opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.
Interested artist should submit the following, to be delivered to Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org by 4:00PM Central Time, on October 28, 2016. Please put Worker’s Memorial in the subject line.
Professional resume highlighting relevant previous experience.
Ten images of previous Public Art projects.
Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget and commissioning entity.
Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project on time and on budget.
Names and contact information of three references.
ANTICIPAED ART PROJECT SELECTION TIMELINE
Qualifications Due: October 28, 2016 by 4:00PM, Central Time
Panel Review(s): Mid-November
RFP to selected artists: Late November
Proposals Reviewed/Artist(s) Selected: Late January