PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY, PROJECT BACKGROUND
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Office of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez of the 7th District seeks to commission an artist to design, fabricate, and install a decorative gate at the entrance to the Roger Jessup Park Community Garden. This is a public art opportunity to create a design that will welcome visitors and reflect the identity of the community.
The size of the entrance gate is approximately 12 feet 7 inches wide and 10-12 feet high, with additional side panels on either side that measure approximately 6 feet wide and 8 feet high. The remainder of the perimeter fencing along the front of the community garden shall not be custom designed by the artist, but will be provided by the City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles will install a completely new perimeter fencing in the same aesthetic of selected design to match the newly commissioned work. However, the selected artist will have the opportunity to review those fencing options to inform their gate design. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to art professionals who possess the knowledge and expertise in public art, technical production, administrative management, and community engagement.
The Roger Jessup Park Community Garden’s entrance gate is tucked away towards the rear of the park, past the parking lot from the Osborne Street entrance. The goal is to introduce more community members to this resource and increase the Community Garden’s visibility through the artistically designed decorative entrance gate. The newly designed gate will elevate the aesthetic of the entrance in order to reflect the community garden and give the park a true sense of identity. The community garden at Roger Jessup Park is a true community gem. This four acre garden features approximately 40 garden boxes, and a communal hillside filled with fruit trees maintained by a local non-profit. The park, which is approximately 627,880 square feet, also has picnic benches and a playground.
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Office of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez are committed to enhancing Roger Jessup Park’s existing artistic and aesthetic features to make the space a more vibrant recreational amenity for the community of Pacoima.
CLICK HERE for a site plan of Roger Jessup Park, measurements of the artistically designed gate, and a current image of the existing gate.
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Office of Councilmember Monica Rodriguez are seeking artists interested in creating a uniquely aesthetic decorative gate at the entrance of the Roger Jessup Park Community Garden, located at 12467 Osborne St., Pacoima, CA 91331. The entrance gate to the Community Garden is located towards the rear of the park, past the parking lot. Artists must demonstrate the professional capacity to oversee the design, fabrication and installation of an artistically designed decorative gate in a public space and on City property. The gate will measure approximately 12 feet 7 inches wide and 10-12 feet high. The additional side panels on either side of the gate will measure approximately 6 feet wide and 8 feet high, and is intended to taper down the design and connect the gate to the remainder of the fencing. Materials preferred are iron and tubular steel, however, other materials not listed will also be considered.
The gate is intended to be a majestic entrance to the garden, evoking classic style design inspired by Central Park (New York) and Hyde Park (London). Artists must also demonstrate the ability to work in consultation with project teams, including Recreation and Parks staff, Bureau of Engineering, architects, landscape architects, fabricators, and general contractors. The selected artist/artist team must be available for meetings with the principals of the project, City advisory committees, and the public.
Artist may apply individually or as a team. Artists’ teams may not change over the life of the project. Up to five artists/artist teams will be selected to develop proposals for further refinement of the project. Selected artists will be required to attend the mandatory site walk-through, and will receive a stipend.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to professional artists/artist teams residing in Southern California, defined as the region extending from Ventura County to San Diego County. Artists that have experience working in the public realm are encouraged to apply. Employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to register on the City of Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN). If your organization has previously received commissions, grants or contracts from the City of Los Angeles, then you have already registered on BAVN. If you are a new applicant, go to <https://www.labavn.org> to register to bid for a City of Los Angeles business commission, grant or contract. Technical support for BAVN may be requested by emailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Sometime thereafter you may receive requests from BAVN to verify your location, the percentage of your workforce that lives in the City of Los Angeles, your status as a minority owned/operated business, and your status as a women owned/operated business. We encourage you to respond accurately so that individual artists are understood as a significant contributor to equity.
The budget for the project is $55,500.00. The budget is all-inclusive and must cover all expenses associated with the design, fabrication, installation, and anti-graffiti coating of the artistically designed decorative gate. The City will prepare the site for the artist for the purpose of supporting and facilitating the implementation of the art project. Funding for the project is provided by the City of Los Angeles and from the Arts Development Fee Trust Fund.
An artist selection panel may be composed of, but not limited to, independent arts professionals, a Recreation and Parks’ staff member, a project engineer, and a local community representative. The panel will review all applications from Phase 1 and select up to five artists/artist teams based on their general proposal concepts. The five finalists will be invited to participate in Phase 2 and will each receive a $700 honorarium to develop their proposal further after completing a site walk-through. After presenting the refined proposals to the selection panel, one artist/artist team will receive the commission based on proposal reviews and artist interviews.
HOW TO APPLY
All applications must be submitted electronically via Slide Room by visiting https://culturela.slideroom.com Incomplete and late applications will be deemed ineligible and not be considered. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
A complete application must include:
- CONTACT INFORMATION Including full name, business name (if applicable), mailing address, telephone and email. Teams must identify one artist to be DCA’s primary contact for the team, as well as contact information for each artist on the team.
- STATEMENT OF INTEREST (PDF or DOC format only, 1 page max) for creating an artistically designed decorative gate at Roger Jessup Park as well as relative experience.
- PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION (PDF or DOC format only, 1 page max) for creating the proposed artwork concept, physical materials, and fabrication approach.
- CURRICULUM VITAE (PDF or DOC format only, 4 pages max); Please submit a CV for each staff person on the primary team.
- PROPOSED ARTWORK / MEDIA FILES [max five (5) files; JPG format only, 72 DPI min + 5 MB max per file]; Submitted image files must include the title of the image, size, materials and brief description. Please do not submit more than 5 images total.
- PAST PROJECTS / MEDIA FILES [max ten (10) files; JPG format only, 72 DPI min + 5 MB max per file]; Submit images of completed artwork that provides the panel with a sense of the proposed artwork you would produce if chosen for this commission; teams are encouraged to include projects created by the team. Each of the image files must include the title of the image, year, size, materials and brief description. For any commissioned project(s), also include the client, budget and location.
*Additional material included that is not requested by DCA will not be reviewed.
RIGHTS + RESPONSIBILITIES
The Department of Cultural Affairs reserves the right to decline all applications to this RFP, and/or cancel this RFP, or any roster of pre-qualified artists, at any time. This RFP is subject to the City’s Campaign Finance, Contractor Responsibility, Equal Benefits, Equal Opportunity, Living Wage, Minority/Women Business Enterprise and Slavery Disclosure Ordinances, Border Wall Disclosure Ordinances, as well as any other ordinances in effect in the City of Los Angeles.