The City of South Burlington is seeking to commission an artist or team of artists to deliver and install a new, original, permanent, and site-specific piece or piece(s) of art at 180 Market Street. The project is part of the city’s building of a public library, city hall, and center for seniors in the long-planned walkable and bikeable downtown.

The selected art will be installed within and/or in front of the new building which is scheduled to be constructed 2019-2020. The city reports the art budget for the project is approximately $48,000. The current call to artists is for qualifications only. Submittals must be received by Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.

“We ask that artists get the information regarding submittals directly from the RFQ (a request for quotation) and to provide me with their contact information,” said City Project Director Ilona Blanchard. “That way all artists get notified in a timely fashion for all amendments to the RFQ and are on an even playing field (the bid is competitive).”

Blanchard explained that during the process, the Public Art Selection Committee will be displaying the proposals and asking the public for comments. In addition, there will be a presentation by the artists who have been asked to submit proposals. This is expected to take place in April and will be open to the public.

In April 2017, South Burlington City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the city’s public art selection committee for the area’s first installation. Local artist Tyler Vendituoli’s proposal for geese, five adults and three goslings, fabricated from silicon-bronze, will be making their debut in 2019.

For a copy of the “Call to Artists: 180 Market Street Request for Qualifications,” contact Blanchard at iblanchard@SouthBurlingtonVT.gov. A RFQ distribution list will be kept so that all questions and answers regarding this RFQ will be distributed to artists that have requested the RFQ.

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