SITE BACKGROUND ATLANTIC AVENUE, BROOKLYN
Atlantic Avenue is a primary east-west corridor in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. It extends from the East River at its western end across the borough and into Queens, passing through numerous neighborhoods of varying land use, demographics and income levels. Its configuration also varies along its length from a simple six lane undivided roadway to sections with up to eight lanes and a wide median. A Long Island Railroad (LIRR) route runs much of its length, alternating between running below the street and above the street on an elevated structure. One consistent feature of Atlantic Avenue, however, is that it is a wide and forbidding street with high crash rates, deteriorated medians and a poor streetscape that serves to divide neighborhoods and discourage walking, bicycling and transit use.
The proposed project, a 0.9 mile segment that crosses the border between the lower-income East New York neighborhoods of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, and Woodhaven/Ozone Park, Queens, will transform Atlantic Avenue into a safer, greener, more walkable and bike-able street that better serves residents, transit users and bicyclists. It will do this primarily through safety and streetscape improvements to the medians and sidewalks including widening the center median by reducing one travel lane in each direction, raising and extending the medians, installing a dedicated, protected bicycling facility, installing public art through the Percent for Art program and adding pedestrian amenities including street trees, wayfinding signage and public seating. Taken together these enhancements will; improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, particularly at intersections; make a more comfortable street environment that encourages walking and bicycling and boosts local retail businesses; and encourage usage of and connections between the subway lines and bus routes in the area.
SITE BACKGROUND GRAND CONCOURSE, THE BRONXThe Grand Concourse is a primary north-south corridor in the borough of the Bronx, New York. It extends from E 138 St at the south to Mosholu Parkway at the north, winding through some of the Borough’s densest and most diverse communities, including residential areas and commercial districts. Identified as one of four “Great Streets” by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Grand Concourse is one of the city’s busiest and most iconic thoroughfares. It is often noted for its high concentration of Art Deco architecture, in addition to cultural and civic institutions such as the Bronx Museum and the Bronx Courthouse. The section between E 161 St and Mosholu Parkway contains a main line with one service road in either direction divided by medians. The Phase 4 project limits are between E 175 St and Fordham Road.
DOT Art and Percent for Art (the “City”) invite artists and/or designers to submit entries in response to this competition. The City is interested in dynamic works of art that will provide the public with an unexpected visual experience during their daily commute and ultimately, will create attractive corridors and activate public space through permanent, aesthetic enhancements. The City is seeking design concepts that will reflect the surrounding culture, community and neighborhoods; Create a recognizable identity to provide riders with visual cues of their given destinations and convey a sense of identity.SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCESS
All submissions will be considered for both the Atlantic Avenue and Grand Concourse projects. This competition is organized in two phases. Phase One is a Request for Qualifications in which artists and/or designers may respond with samples of past work and supplementary materials. The City, in partnership with a committee of outside arts and design professionals (the “Committee”), will select artists (the “Finalists”) to proceed in the competition. Phase Two is a Request for Proposals in which Finalists will submit a conceptual design for final review by the Committee. Up to two (2) artists will be selected to finalize designs for implementation at the Sites.
Finalists will receive a $500 honorarium for completion of a conceptual design in response to the Request for Proposals. The two selected artists (the “Artists”) from Phase Two will each receive $400,000 to finalize designs, fabricate and install the artwork in partnership with the City.
Phase One: Request for Qualifications
As part of Phase One, the City invites artists and/or designers to submit examples of past work to review in consideration for both projects. An artist’s prior experience or lack thereof with public art or with durable material such as steel, and other metals will not be taken into consideration when reviewing images. Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work.
Artists must submit all of the following for consideration:
- No more than ten (10) photographs (saved in .jpg or .png) of past artwork and associated image list that includes: title, date of completion, medium, dimensions, location,sale price or commission budget, description of artwork and list of partners.
- Artist curriculum vitae; and
- Brief artist statement of no more than one page.
All artists interested in being considered must apply through the online program at https://nyculture.submittable.com/submit
Submissions will only be accepted using this online application program.
Submissions must be completed by midnight on June 15, 2017.
Phase Two–Request for Proposals
As part of Phase Two, the City will invite the selected Finalists to submit conceptual proposals for review by the Committee. Finalists will receive an honorarium of $500 for submission of a conceptual proposal regardless of the number of concepts submitted.
The design submissions will be judged against three design objectives (feasibility, place making, and safety), giving all three equal weight. These objectives are intended to help guide the design in a direction that will be both desirable for, and beneficial to, the people who encounter them.
Artists should consider:
- Feasibility: Since the designs will be translated into a durable material, Artists must consider intricacy and visual content as well as long-term maintenance. Designs should be robust, easy to replicate, and built to last.
- Place Making: Designs should be flexible enough to complement the surrounding area/neighborhood and respect the culture of the community. Designs should be aesthetically appealing while establishing an identity for the surrounding community.
- Safety: The designs should not have any sharp edges and when creating a proposal, Artists should steer away from designs that could encourage climbing.
Selected Finalists must submit all of the following for consideration:
- Narrative Material: A short (no more than one page) design brief describing the overall design, inspiration, and notable features with a clear expression of design objectives.
- Graphic Material: Artists should juxtapose his/her design(s) onto the site to illustrate how the design will look when installed. File should be saved in .jpg or .png at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
- Budget: Please provide the cost of fabrication and installation.
The Committee will review conceptual proposals based on the following criteria:
- Artistic vision; Artist’s proposal reflects his/her artistic sensibility.
- Artistic merit: Artist’s past work demonstrates proficiency in two dimensional works and his/her proposal is aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for the public realm.
- Site Suitability: Proposal considers the variety of audiences at the Sites and considers the social, historical, architectural, geographical and/or cultural context of the Sites.
Please direct all inquiries regarding this open call to Percent@culture.nyc.gov.