The Capitol Extension project is a 1.4-mile western extension of the existing Valley Metro light rail transit (LRT) line from downtown Phoenix to the Arizona State Capitol. The Capitol Extension is scheduled to begin operations in 2028. The Project shall include three, split platform stations (six total platforms). There are two new traction power substations (TPSS) that are also planned. Communication, coordination, and connection with the diverse communities along the alignment will be key to a successful art program for this extension.
Artists awarded a contract for the Capitol Extension will coordinate with area residents and stakeholders, the Design Consultants, Valley Metro and City of Phoenix staff, and the Regional Rail Arts Committee (RRAC) to enhance the overall design of stops and transit elements along the Project.
Experienced public artists are invited to apply for the six-station platform projects ($300,000). Emerging public artists are invited to apply for the two traction power substation projects ($50,000). Artists will apply for both projects in this call.
Application evaluation will be based on the following criteria: demonstration of artistic merit in conceptual approach and technical execution; potential to create an impactful design for this public art project; experience in collaborative design work and community engagement; and past projects demonstrating value commensurate to costs.
Artwork designed at these sites should be thoughtful, engaging, and reflect the character of the surrounding community while maintaining strict standards of safety, maintenance, and operations. Artwork may be stand-alone as well as integrated.
The budgets are “Lump Sum”, meaning they include ALL costs (i.e., artist fees, travel, insurance, shipping, engineering, fabrication and installation, administrative expenses related to the project, taxes, contractor’s licenses, inspections, etc.)
The detailed Scope of Services is located in Exhibit A of the contract. The Artists will be expected to possess thorough knowledge, expertise, skills, and experience necessary to deliver the services/materials requested.
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