Call for Artists
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
In partnership with Port Everglades, Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install exterior artwork at Port Everglades, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The prominent location presents an opportunity for highly visible and vibrant artwork that contributes to Port Everglades’ unique identity.
The site for the artwork is a 1,100 square foot greenspace located on the west side of a busy four-way intersection. Landscaping includes grass and a centrally located 18-foot high palm tree cluster. The site is near the only 24/7 entrance to the Port, where there is direct access to major highway connections. Also nearby are the Port Everglades Administration Building, Cruise Terminals 19, 21, 25 and 26, multiple outdoor cargo container and auto storage yards, and the Port Fire Station. There is no parking near the site or along the busy road.
The artwork will be viewed primarily during daylight hours, when Port Everglades is most active. Nighttime activity at Port Everglades with limited nighttime visibility. The artwork will be of a sufficient height for viewing from vehicles and set back from curbs to ensure that traffic sightlines are not blocked. Port Everglades is proud of its commitment to the environment; therefore, spatially integrated artwork with a kinetic component, or otherwise powered by wind or sun would be welcomed, but not a requirement. Due to public safety concerns, the artwork will not invite public interaction or present a photo opportunity which requires cars to stop or pedestrians to cross the roadway. Florida is subject to high winds and permanent outdoor artwork must be engineered to withstand winds of up to 152 miles per hour.
The selected artist will be required to visit the site, attend a kick-off meeting, and coordinate the artwork installation with Port Everglades.
• Site visits as required by the Contract Administrator
The total budget established for this project will not exceed $90,000. The budget must include artist’s design fee, presentation expenses, insurance, permits, engineering, artwork installation, professional conservation review of proposed materials, site visits, coordination meetings, artist’s contingency, and all applicable taxes.
This Call to Artists is open to professional artists eighteen years of age or older, residing in the United States and who have not been previously selected for a Broward County public art commission in the past 10 years. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate through their submission materials, experience with similar windproof outdoor public art projects. Due to the complexity of the site, experience coordinating project design and installation with engineers and subcontractors is recommended.
No more than three (3) applicants will be shortlisted by the Artist Selection Panel. The shortlisted artists will have approximately one (1) month to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Panel. Each shortlisted artist will be paid a $500.00 honorarium to develop this conceptual design proposal. Shortlisted artists must submit one (1) digital copy (PC compatible media) of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to the presentation to the Panel. Shortlisted artists may present their design proposal to the Panel via videoconference or in person. Shortlisted artists’ proposals must include a written narrative, estimated project budget, and visual materials necessary to convey the proposed concept or approach. One of the shortlisted artists will be selected and paid a $1500.00 honorarium to develop the concept into a full proposal. Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County and will not be returned.
The County reserves the right to re-issue this Call to Artists, to reject any and all responses to this Call, and to reassess and negotiate the design proposal with any qualified artist selected for this project.
Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD, as coordinated with Port Everglades
Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website and must include:
June 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)