Greensboro seeks artists to paint water dome
The big white dome at the intersection of Battleground and Benjamin in Greensboro may soon become more colorful. That proposed transformation is why, if you have experience painting murals on large convex exteriors, the city wants to hear from you.
Greensboro Parks & Recreation and Water Resources are seeking artists to create a mural on the storage tank of the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant at 1041 Battleground Ave. On March 19, city arts & events superintendent Joshua Sherrick issued a Request for Artistic Proposals for this project, which is slated to begin on April 25 and has a firm completion date of Sept. 1.
The RFP states that applicants “should have significant experience with large format murals and must be capable of working on curved surfaces” up to 10 feet in height. The chosen applicant will receive $15,000. According to the RFP, all required materials and equipment, including a boom lift, will be provided to the artist or team whose proposal for a “creative” and “modern” mural is accepted. The RFP also states: “The mural is being commissioned . . . in order to support, focus, and convey a message pertaining to how important water is to the quality of life we enjoy.”
Initial proposals are due by noon on April 6 and must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. To qualify, all proposals must include a typed letter of interest or resume of no more than two pages, describing the artist’s vision for this project and conveying the environmental message that “water is life.” Other requirements include a detailed description of the applicant’s experience with public art projects, including (if applicable) wide/large format mural work on a tank surface. The artists are requested to describe how they “will assure that the overall style of the work will add to the visual experience of the residents of Greensboro and visitors to the city.”
Descriptions of the anticipated use of materials and “relevant experience of artist’s use of various paint and media on previous murals” are also required, as are maintenance expectations for the permanent installation. The RFP also states that applicants should submit, if available, up to five images of prior work in JPEG format, and include “a chronological list that corresponds to the images and provide the location and date of installation of the work.”
City staff will screen the initial proposals before passing them on to a Public Art Review committee, who will choose three finalists. On April 17, those finalists will be chosen and notified, and each of the three artists or artist teams will be awarded a $500 honorarium.
The three selected finalists must then submit design proposals no later than April 23, at 5 p.m. These proposals can be submitted electronically to the aforementioned email address, or a hard copy can be submitted to the attention of Joshua Sherrick at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Suite 101.
The three finalists’ design proposals must include a “vector image of the proposed work” and a project budget “including travel (if any), artist fee, installation, equipment operator’s certification (if utilized) and insurance.” The RFP states that the selection committee “is not bound to select the Artist who proposes the lowest fees or the most benefits for services” and that other factors, including “ability, capacity and enthusiasm to provide the services required in this project in a professional and timely fashion” and the artist or team’s “social media presence” will be taken into consideration.
The three finalists’ proposals will be evaluated by the City of Greensboro’s Design Selection Committee, which according to the RFP will be “comprised of city staff, members of the community, representatives from local businesses and local art evaluators.” The chosen artist or artist team will be announced on April 25. That artist or artist team will be expected to “exchange dialogue regarding final concept and design intentions, give feedback, and complete the contracting process” by May 9, which is the date by which the final project design is due, “with a firm installation completion deadline of September 1, 2018.”
The concrete tank is 124 feet in diameter and has “a three layer Sherwin-Williams coating system.” The RFP states that potential artists should be aware that the structure “contains access hatches, vents, and a platform for holding pumps and other penetrations on the domed surface.” A PDF of the complete four-page RFP, which includes Google link to aerial views of the site, can be obtained from email@example.com.
Ian McDowell is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.