The Davis Avenue Bridge, previously demolished in 2009 due to deterioration of the structure and potential safety concerns of the original 1898 design, is to be rebuilt as a multi- use/pedestrian bridge to reconnect Brighton Heights to Riverview Park. The prior structure, which featured state of the art concepts and materials for its time and had been rehabbed in 1986, had finally exceeded its design life. The proposed bridge will seek to emulate its predecessor while embracing new technology to minimize construction costs and impacts the adjacent communities. For more information on the project, see Appendix A. For project design renderings, see Appendix B.
The selected applicant is expected to collaborate with the City of Pittsburgh to:
• Engage in a planning process including internal project design sessions, community planning meetings, and outside engagement as necessary for their strategic approach.
• Create a concept for the artwork that clearly demonstrates functionality and constructability.
• Outline methods of fabrication and installation for the artwork.
• Present a detailed proposal of the final design for approval by the project team and Art Commission.
• Manage the site prep, fabrication, and installation of the approved artwork by the project deadline.
• Draft the maintenance plan for the life of the artwork.
Artworks must be appropriate, accessible, and safe for all ages and ability levels. All artworks must comply with City safety and permitting regulations. The interventions should be created to last at least ten years. Projects that require ongoing maintenance (beyond routine cleaning and area upkeep) without a plan for this upkeep will not be given final approval.
The selected Applicant will be responsible for incorporating all relevant costs within the overall project budget, including but not limited to travel, administrative costs (such as shop or construction drawings), design development, fabrication, delivery, and installation of the artwork. The budget for the entire project is $30,000, and up to 20% ($6,000) may be allocated as an artist fee.
All applications must be submitted by a lead artist. The lead artist may apply individually or with an artist team. If the lead artist is working with an artist team, all artist team members must provide a statement of interest in the project.
Lead artists must have successfully completed at least one prior project of significant impact and scale, and who have proven experience working collaboratively on project execution. Selected artists will be expected to fabricate their own work or directly subcontract for the fabrication.
Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Aesthetic quality of previous work (30%)
• Experience working collaboratively (30%)
• Readiness to work in public space (30%)
• Quality and completeness of application materials (10%)
Please submit the following:
1. A narrative that is no more than 1500 words, including a statement of interest in the project and applicable experience.
2. Work samples. Up to 10 images or videos that display relative and representative experience with work similar to the scope of this project. For each work sample please provide the title of the project, location of the project, date when it was completed, the project budget, and list any collaborators if relevant.
3. An artist resume or CV.
4. The name, title, address, email address and phone numbers for three professional references.
Award will be based on previous work and experience. Proposals for specific artworks will not be reviewed at this time. The selected applicant will work closely with the City of Pittsburgh to develop the artwork.
PACD will hold two Artist Information Sessions, which interested applicants are invited to attend. These sessions will review the steps necessary to register and submit an application on the City's procurement platform, as well go over the scope and details of two public art projects: Davis Avenue Bridge and Arsenal Park. Artists will have the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A regarding the artist calls and the application process.
Artists should RSVP for one (or both) of the Information Sessions by clicking the white and blue "RSVP" button in the top left side of the screen when viewing the Solicitation.
Artist Information Session 1
Artist Information Session 2
Wednesday, January 19, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm