Call for Public Art EOI for Bob Hunter Memorial


Issued: June 17, 2019
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
The full REI document is available here.

1. Request for Expression of Interest

The City of Barrie invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams (the “respondent”) to design and create a public artwork for a specific site in Meridian Place in downtown Barrie (“Public Art Call”).

2. Scope of Art Work

The proposed artwork will honour the memory of Bob Hunter and celebrate the history of musical performance in Barrie. The artwork is not intended to be a likeness of Mr. Hunter, but rather an interpretation of his passion for music and his legacy in the performing arts community in Barrie. More information on Bob Hunter.

3. What is Meridian Place?

The City of Barrie worked in partnership with the Downtown Business Association (BIA) on the redevelopment of this space to create a “people place” in the heart of downtown Barrie. It is a multi-use civic public place that connects the downtown with Barrie’s beautiful waterfront. Meridian Place includes a cenotaph, stage and references to the site’s historical links to the city’s former post office, rail station core and Nine Mile Portage trail. This site is partially accessible (there are no on-site washrooms).

4. Technical Aspects of Site

The following items are included for general information purposes only. Respondents will be required to confirm all technical requirements with respect to their proposed artwork.

  • a designated foundation is already in place for the artwork (refer to Appendix B);
  • the dimensions of the foundation are 59 inches by 59 inches (149.86 cm by 149.86 cm);
  • the artwork must conform to the technical requirements of the foundation in terms of weight and scale;
  • the height of the artwork must be considerate of the activities of Meridian Place and not impede the public’s view of the stage.

A landscape layout of the site and technical drawing of the footing are attached.

5. Budget

The total budget available to the artist/artist team is $100,000. The budget must be inclusive of all costs including but not limited to artist fees, studio overhead, artwork fabrication, travel, transportation and installation of artwork, HST, and general liability insurance in the amount of two million dollars. A sum of 5% of the budget must be designated as a maintenance fund.

6. Artist Selection Process and Criteria

The selection process will include a Selection Jury and will be carried out in two phases. The Jury will include five local stakeholders and will review all submissions of the Expression of Interest and shortlist up to three artists/artist teams. The shortlisted artists/artist teams will be invited to provide a detailed artwork concept with sketches or maquette, materials, budget, timeline, and other relevant information. Each of the shortlisted artists/artist teams will receive a fee of $1,000 to complete this phase.

Upon review of the shortlisted submissions the jury will recommend one artist/artist team for the commission. The jury reserves the right not to award the commission.

Phase 1- Selection Jury’s Evaluation of Submissions

Respondents will be required to include the following qualifications in their submissions:

  • Portfolio of up to twelve images of previous artwork with corresponding artwork title, site, medium, location and value. All images must be @ 72 dpi with the largest dimension @ 1200 pixels.
  • One-page written statement as to why they are interested in this project;
  • Current Curriculum Vitae; and
  • Two references from recent commissions.

Submissions will be reviewed and decisions made based on:

  • Compliance with Public Art Call requirements;
  • Previous artistic experience through supplied images, CV and references;
  • Potential for distinctive site specific outcome.

In its sole discretion, the Selection Jury may consider other factors in evaluating the submissions.
The City will short list up to three (3) respondents who will move forward to Phase 2 – Concept and Technical Proposal.

Phase 2 – Concept and Technical Proposal by Short-listed Respondents

Shortlisted respondents must submit a Concept and Technical Proposal to include:

  • statement and written description of the proposed artwork concept;
  • detailed design sketches and/or maquette;
  • physical dimensions of artwork at scale;
  • specifications of materials and finishes;
  • stamped engineer drawings;
  • necessary permits;
  • budget and timeline.

Submission will be reviewed and decisions made based on:

  • appropriateness of the concept and design for the site;
  • artist/artist team’s ability to fabricate their design;
  • durability and sustainability of the artwork;
  • adherence to public safety standards;
  • resistance to vandalism;
  • minimum maintenance requirements.
7. Eligibility

This Public Art Call is open to local, regional and national artists or artist teams with proven experience working on projects of similar scale.

8. Submission Requirements

Respondents are asked to submit all required information on one PDF Acrobat format file, no more than 10MB. Submissions may be delivered in parts if the attachments exceed 10MB. Respondents shall ensure the email subject lines reflect the number of parts being submitted.

For example:
Bob Hunter Memorial EOI – Part 1 (name of respondent)
Bob Hunter Memorial EOI – Part 2 (name of respondent)
Bob Hunter Memorial EOI – Part 3 (name of respondent)
All proponents must include a signed submission form (see Appendix A).

Deliver Electronically to:
Subject Line: Bob Hunter Memorial EOI (name of respondent)

Deadline: Received no later than 3:00 pm on July 15, 2019. Submissions are deemed received at the time they enter the inbox of the recipient. The City is not responsible for technical issues experienced by the artist.

9. Timeline

Dates are subject to change at the sole discretion of the City.

July 15, 2019 – Deadline for Submission of Phase 1
Mid-July – Jury Review of Phase 1 and selection of shortlist artists/artists teams
Late-July – Shortlist artists notified
October 1, 2019 – Phase 2 detailed design proposals due
October 3, 2019 – Jury selects final artist for commission and notifies the artist
October 15, 2019 – Contract awarded and implemented
June 22, 2020 – Date of installation of final artwork

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