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Request for Proposals - "Think Outside the Box" Art Project

  • Department:City Manager's Office
  • Category:Request For Proposal, Request For Qualification, Notice Inviting Bids
  • Start Date:August 16, 2018 3:40 pm
  • Close Date:October 15, 2018 5:00 pm

Announcing a Request for Artist Qualifications for a Public Arts Opportunity

The City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program seeks statements of qualifications from regional area artists for the upcoming public art installation series, Think Outside the Box. Selected Artists will contract directly with the City of Davis to create designs that will be transferred to vinyl and wrapped around a City of Davis utility or traffic control box. A number of boxes have been pre-selected to be included in the first phase for this project, and selected artwork will be paired with an appropriate box and location by the selection team. Additional boxes may be added as the program expands.

Think Outside the Box will be similar to the already painted utility and traffic control boxes in downtown Davis, however the use of printed vinyl will provide opportunities to showcase the artwork of more artists and designers; in a wider range of media including paint, photography, graphic design, illustration, and mixed media.

The artist-designed wraps will be applied using a standard fabrication and installation method. Artists may use photography, drawing, painting, collage, and digital imagery to develop their designs. Artists will be selected based on previous work, but may optionally submit a concept or vision for an entire box, and are encouraged to utilize a single design that can wrap around the sides of the box, creating a single uniform image; rather than individual images on each side.

Questions, inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to rhartsough@cityofdavis.org

The City highly encourages submission of artwork from artists who may have not created public art in the past. Due to the flexible nature of the vinyl medium, the boxes can accommodate a wide range of creative work. For examples, please see Sacramento's Capitol Box Art Project.

Application deadline – October 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Download the complete Request for Proposals (PDF).

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