Engine 25 - Call to Artists
|Agency:||City of Buffalo|
|Level of Government:||State & Local|
|Posted Date:||Jan 12, 2021|
|Due Date:||Feb 19, 2021|
Engine 25 - Call to Artists
|Category:||City of Buffalo Bids & RFPs|
CALL TO ARTISTS
CITY OF BUFFALO, NY
Engine 25 – Public Art
The total amount for the purchase, planning, design, fabrication and installation for
the public art may not exceed the dollar amount above. The distribution of the
amount will be determined by the type of art and the cost of the work submitted.
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11am EST.
The goal of this public artwork is to create a visually pleasing addition to an operating
and active fire station.
The successful public artwork proposal selected for this project will be:
• permanent in nature
• culturally appropriate
• easily maintained
Executive Director, Buffalo Arts Commission
The proposed artwork must be installed in or on the tower at the fire station located at Seneca Street and
Southside Parkway. If the work of art is to hang from the inside of the tower, the load bearing capacity for the
structure is 1000 lbs.
See attachments. for renderings of the project site and a schematic of the tower.
Respond That a Proposal Will be Submitted
Submit Questions About This Call to Artists (Optional)
Committee Selection of Public Art
City of Buffalo Contract Execution with Artist
Friday, February 5, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11am
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11am EST.
April 9, 2021
Any artist, architect, or designer may submit proposals for consideration. Also welcomed are collaborative
“team” submissions. Excluded from consideration are employees of the City of Buffalo. A complete public art
proposal must include:
1. Entry Form – Completed two (2) page Entry Form, as found attached to this Call to Artists.
2. Résumé – A current professional resume for the artist(s) submitting, emphasizing public art experience
and information regarding any other installations which may have been completed. Résumé(s) must
include contact information such as mailing address, phone number, and email.
3. Past Work – Photos of five (5) relevant pieces of artwork that were created by the artist(s) applying.
Photos must be clearly labeled with the artist name, artwork title, completion date, current location,
artwork media, and the dimensions of the artwork with the “top” indicated.
4. Proposed Artwork Statement –
For an Artwork Concept:
If proposing artwork in concept, include a
typed description of the proposed art. The
description should describe the artwork and
specify how it would achieve the goal for this
public art as stated in this Call to Artists. Use
additional pages to submit drawings or visual
representations of the art. Materials must
collectively provide a strong visual impression
of the finished work.
For Existing Artwork:
If proposing the installation of an existing art piece,
submit photos of the work and a typed description.
The description should describe the artwork and
specify how it would achieve the goal for this public art
as stated in this Call to Artists. For three‐dimensional
works, include photos showing all possible views. Label
photos with artist name, artwork title, completion
date, current location, artwork media, and the
dimensions of the artwork with the “top” indicated.
Proposals will be screened for completeness to the specifications outlined in this Call to Artists. Incomplete
proposals will not be considered. The City of Buffalo is not required to select any artist’s work as a result of
this Call to Artists and reserves the right to reject any and all submissions.
The following five (5) criteria will be considered in the selection process:
1. Artist(s) Qualifications – Artistic excellence, originality, and ability to produce a consistent body of work;
experience with projects of a similar scale and scope; good work habits, including the ability to meet
deadlines, experience with budgeting, good communication skills, and good problem‐solving abilities.
2. Artist(s) Availability – Commitment of the artist(s) to work within the project time frame as stated in this
Call to Artists; ability to work coordinate installation/fabrication with project construction; availability to
attend meetings if requested by the Arts Commission or Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets.
3. Artwork Design – How the proposed artwork achieves the goal for this public artwork as stated in this
Call to Artists; approach and style to the intent and location site; quality of the aesthetic design;
consideration of scale, form, and content with respect to immediate and general, social and physical
4. Artwork Feasibility – Achievability of successful completion within given timeframe; durability of the
materials and construction; maintenance requirements; public access; safety and security; installation
requirements; engineering limitations; location; issues impacting technical feasibility.
5. Budget – Assurance that the budget as outlined in this Call to Artists will be met; cost and current market
value of artwork in relation to the scope and value contemplated for this commission.
Proposals must be received by Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11am EST.
The City of Buffalo is not responsible in the case of lost, misdirected, or incomplete submissions.
To Submit By Mail:
To Submit By Email:
Place all required materials in a full size envelope
with correct postage and mail to:
Insert all materials as email attachment(s) that are
collectively no greater than ten (10) MB in size.
Executive Director, Buffalo Arts Commission
City Hall, Rm 606
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, New York 14202
Label the subject line of the email:
“Engine 25 Proposal – [Title of Work]”
If an artist is selected, the artist will be required to enter into a standard performance contract with the City
on the City’s standard form selected and provided by the City. Said contract must be acceptable to the City
in all respects and typically would contain a requirement for the artist to indemnify the City and provide the
City with additional insured status under the artist’s general liability insurance coverage. Artists considering
making a submission are encouraged to include and describe with their submission what types of insurance,
if any, the artist carries. Types of standard insurance coverages the City typically requests, as and when
applicable depending upon circumstances, are general liability, automobile liability, workers compensation
and disability insurance.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
This Call to Artists is made possible under Article XIV of Chapter VIII of the City of Buffalo Charter. Any artwork
subsequently purchased becomes the sole property of the City of Buffalo. Those whose work is selected will be
required to enter into a contract with the City of Buffalo that includes the waiver of copyright permissions.
The City of Buffalo reserves the right to withdraw, amend, and/or reissue this Call to Artists at any time and for
any or no reason. Receipt of submission entries by the City of Buffalo or submission of an artist’s entry or
selection of an artist for purposes of negotiating a contract confers no rights to any artist nor obligates the City
of Buffalo in any manner. The City of Buffalo reserves the right at its sole discretion and for any reason, to
reject all submission entries and not award any contract and to solicit additional or different submission
entries at a later time. The City incurs no obligation regarding this Call to Artists, or any contract resulting there
from, until a contract is fully completed and documents properly submitted and executed by all parties. The
City of Buffalo also reserves the right to extend the dates in the timeline set forth in this Call to Artists.
The City of Buffalo may, in the event the selected artist fails to negotiate a satisfactory contract or fails to
perform and the contract is terminated within forty‐five (45) days of its initiation, request the artist submitting
the next best entry to honor their submission entry. Costs of developing a submission entry are solely the
responsibility of the artist. The City of Buffalo shall not provide reimbursement for such costs. The City of
Buffalo shall not be liable for any artist’s preparation costs for any reason. Submission of an entry shall
constitute acceptance of the terms, conditions, criteria, requirements and evaluations set forth in this Call to
Artists and operates as an offer and a waiver of any and all objections and Proposer originated modifications to
the contents of this Call to Artists.
The City of Buffalo reserves the right to reject any entry deemed to be non‐responsive for failure to comply
fully with the terms of the Call to Artists. However, the City of Buffalo reserves the right, at its sole discretion,
to request clarifications, corrections or additional information and to waive Irregularities in execution or
delivery of the entry provided it is in the best interest of the City of Buffalo. The City of Buffalo reserves the
right to amend this “Call To Artists” at any time.
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