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Aerial view of the proposed redesign of the Scarlett Road Bridge, looking north from Dundas Street West.


Value of the Awarded Commission: Approximately $500,000.00 (+HST) CDN
Deadline for Submissions: 4pm, Monday, October 1, 2018

The City of Toronto invites professional artists (including artist teams) to submit their Expression of Interest to the first stage of a competition for integrated public art works as part of the redesign of the Scarlett Road bridge, at the intersection of Scarlett Road, St. Clair Avenue and Dundas Street West in Toronto.

The art component of this major new public space will be selected through an open two-stage competition, with a net budget of approximately $500,000.00 (+HST). The project budget includes all costs directly associated with the artwork: all fees for design, fabrication, installation, engineering and professional services, insurance, travel and other incidental expenses.

The redesign of the intersection includes the replacement of the railway bridge above Scarlett Rd and the addition of one northbound lane and one southbound lane under the bridge, doubling the width of the underpass. Sidewalks will be improved throughout, and space added for future bike lanes on Dundas Street and Scarlett Road. Additional public realm improvements will include landscaping and the redesign of a small parkette to the north of the intersection. Once completed, public art will enhance the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in this improved public space.

The design of these new multi-use facilities and public spaces is a joint project by Morrison Hershfield, Transportation Services, Urban Design, and Parks, Forestry and Recreation, with the aim of completion by Fall 2020.


The artwork will be integrated into the overall design of the site, which includes the underpass, extensive retaining walls along Dundas St., Scarlett Rd. and St. Clair Ave., sidewalks and parkette. Artists are asked to consider the site as a whole rather than selecting a single location.

Given the range of potential sites, it is anticipated that proposals could include both two- and three-dimensional components, and a combination of materials, such as paint, tile, concrete formwork, coloured concrete, lighting elements, and small sculptural objects.

Due to the many safety and maintenance requirements of bridges, underpasses and right-of-way sites, artists must be prepared to meet and work collaboratively with the City's Transportation and Engineering departments to refine proposals according to these parameters, which will also be included in the Terms of Reference for short-listed artists.

This is a two-stage, open competition for professional artists.

Artists who are recognised as professionals by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), have a history of public exhibitions, have produced an independent body of work, and are experienced in the creation of complex, large-scale, collaborative projects, are encouraged to apply.

A specially convened Selection Panel, composed of arts professionals and representatives from the community, will be established for this competition.

Stage 1: Request for Qualifications: August 13 – October 1, 2018

Professional artists are invited to submit their Expression of Interest to be reviewed by the Selection Panel.

The panel will recommend a short-list of five (5) artists, based on artistic excellence and perceived ability to create and execute an innovative, engaging public artwork that is complimentary to the overall design scheme and context.

Stage 2: Request for Concept Proposals – Mid-October 2018 – January 4, 2019

The short-listed artists will be notified in mid-October and invited to submit a detailed concept design. A detailed Terms of Reference project document will be provided in advance as preparation for the proposal design. Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee for this stage.

Proposals will undergo a technical review by City staff to identify any practical issues, including safety and maintenance considerations. Artists will be provided with a summary of this review in order to revise their proposals where necessary, and the Selection Panel will take these comments into account in making their decision.

Short-listed artists will present their proposals to the Selection Panel at the end of January. The panel will choose a finalist whose vision for the site best suits the overall scope of this project, and has the ability or perceived ability to conceive and realize a public artwork on this site.

The selected artist will be notified in early February, 2019.


Toronto Arts & Culture Services invites professional artists to respond to this EOI by submitting a single document in pdf form:

This document must be labeled with the name of the artist and project (Last Name First Name Scarlett Rd.) and include:

  • CV (one for each team member, if applicable)
  • Brief artist statement outlining interest in project, showing relevant experience, ability, and general artistic approach. Do not include proposals at this stage.
  • Maximum ten (10) images of work, with caption including title, materials, dimensions, location, and commissioning body (if applicable). Audio / Video files may be provided via URL.
  • Names and contact information for two references (preferably from recent projects).

Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Monday, October 1, 2018.

Email submissions to:

  • Please use subject line: [surname], [first name] Scarlett Road
  • Submissions must not exceed 20 MB total size

Incomplete or late submissions, or those not in single pdf format will not be accepted.

We thank all respondents for their submissions but only applicants advancing to the second stage of the selection process will be contacted.

Catherine Dean
Public Art Officer
(416) 395-0249






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