REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: BALLARD UTILITY BOX BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT

PROJECT OVERVIEW

OPPORTUNITY – The Ballard Alliance and the Ballard Public Art Committee (BPAC) are working in partnership to incorporate more public art on the streets of Ballard through the Utility Box Beautification Project. By covering these permanent, nondescript elements of the street with artwork, we can create a more interesting pedestrian experience, promote community identity, and deter vandalism.

We are looking for an artist to provide one digital design for the vinyl wrap that will cover the utility boxes for 5-10 years. The wrap consists of five panels with approximate dimensions of 4 ft wide x 4 ft tall x 16 in deep. Artist will be compensated $500 for the design.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Utility boxes are common elements of streetscapes and are necessary for controlling electrical equipment. These boxes can be transformed from being anonymous elements of the urban landscape to displays of artwork and neighborhood identity by having them covered in digitally designed vinyl wraps.

These wraps not only bring an element of public art to the street, they greatly reduce the amount of vandalism on the boxes and the maintenance hours required to clean them. The wraps themselves consist of five panels, each panel must be digitally designed in order to be professionally printed on heavy-duty vinyl.

Over the past two years, the Ballard Alliance and Ballard Public Art Committee have worked with three artists to wrap seven utility boxes. For this year’s project, some continuity on theme and color scheme with the previously installed designs will be necessary.

ABOUT THE BALLARD ALLIANCE AND BALLARD PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE – The Ballard Alliance works to promote the unique character of Ballard and to support opportunities for art in the neighborhood through monthly Ballard Artwalks, SeafoodFest, and more. For this project, the Ballard Alliance will be working with the Ballard Public Art Committee (a new committee formed by the Ballard Alliance including local business owners, residents, and people who work in the area) to ensure the needs and values of the community are upheld throughout the process of acquiring artwork and installing the utility box wraps.

QUALIFICATIONS

TIMELINE:

*Meetings may be via conference call

COMPENSATION

The selected artist will be compensated $500 for the completed utility box design.

INQUIRY CONTACT – All inquiries must be directed to our Point of Contact. All external communications will be managed through this Point of Contact: Name: Kiana Ballo Title/Role: Community Development Coordinator Email: Kiana@ballardalliance.com

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This is an open competitive process. The RFQ outlines the step-by-step process and conditions that apply. Please submit your application package in one PDF to kiana@ballardalliance.com

To submit your application for consideration please include the following:

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING QUALIFICATIONS – All inquiries and submissions must be directed to our Point of Contact in PDF format as one document. All external communications will be managed through this Point of Contact:
Name:            Kiana Ballo
Title/Role:     Programs and Events Manager Email:                       Kiana@ballardalliance.com

Zoom link for artist q/a session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82662175870
Tuesday, August 10th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

DOWNLOAD PDF RFQ DOCUMENT 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

RFQ Utility Box Project PHASE 1 (closed)
RFQ Utility Box Project PHASE 2 – (closed)

PHASE 1 UTILITY BOX LOCATIONS

PHASE 2 UTILITY BOX LOCATIONS

UTILITY BOX ART TEMPLATE