CALLS TO ARTISTS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): FIRE STATION #1, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
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The site is located in the heart of Chattanooga’s revitalized Main Street on the front lawn of Fire Station #1. Nicknamed the “Super Station”, this is the largest of Chattanooga’s fire stations and the primary station serving downtown Chattanooga. Situated in the middle of Chattanooga’s renewed and bustling urban core, the firehall is a central spot for community gatherings, meetings, neighborhood festivals, and functions as a gateway to the Main Street district. In addition, the station is a home-away-from-home to fifty-five firemen, firewomen and their families who live, work, and share holidays together at the firehall year-round. The firefighters respond to a variety of calls including residential fires, high-rise alarms, vehicle fires, brush fires, hazmat incidents and technical rescue calls. Located in the midst of a wide variety of neighborhoods and businesses, Firehall #1 plays a central role in the lives of residents and in the lives of firefighters who serve them.
Eligibility: This RFP is open to all professional artists and artist teams over the age of 18, who currently reside in the United States.
Application Deadline: Applications must be delivered by mail or by hand or received electronically by January 10th, 4:00 pm EST. Refer to page 4 for application procedures. The application can be found on page 5.
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A selection committee is assembled for each new public art project. Members of the committee are typically representatives, property owners or stakeholders of the neighborhood or site where proposed work is to be placed, members of the Public Art Committee, artists, architects and engineers. They use the following criteria in the selection process:
- Submittal of all required application materials as outlined in the RFP;
- Attention to context: architectural, historical, geographical, and cultural;
- Proven ability to create distinctive site specific artwork as exhibited by past work;
- Originality: creativity and uniqueness of proposed artwork concept for this project;
- Quality and craftsmanship of product as exhibited by past work;
- Maintainability: structural and surface soundness, durability and resistance to vandalism, weathering, excessive maintenance, repair costs;
- Appropriateness for placement on an urban pedestrian site and ability for artwork to withstand public interaction where it can be touched and climbed upon;
- Public safety, and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act; and
- Feasibility: artist's proven track record/ability to complete the work on time and within the budget.