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Caltrans, Clean California announce open call for artists for large-scale public art project in City of Placentia

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists has been issued for the “Placentia Gateway Public Art Project,” which is comprised of a sculpture at one location and two murals at a second nearby location within the City of Placentia, California.

The City of Placentia seeks Southern California-based artists or artist teams to create and install a large-scale, three-dimensional Gateway Monument comprised of one or more sculptures for the Southbound on- and off-ramps from Orangethorpe Avenue onto State Route (SR) 57. The City also seeks an artist or artist team to design and install large-scale street art murals for both sides of the West Crowther Avenue SR-57 underpass abutments within the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD)/Packinghouse District.

This project is part of a State Highway Beautification Project, sponsored by the California Department of Transportation and the Clean California Program. Launched by Governor Newsom as part of his California Comeback Plan, Clean California invests $1.1 billion for state and local governments to clean up trash and debris statewide, beautify community gateways and public areas along highways, streets, and roads, and provide good jobs to thousands of Californians, including California-based artists.

Arts Orange County, the nonprofit countywide arts council and county-designated local arts agency, has been retained to administer the call for artists and the selection process.

This opportunity is open to artists residing in Southern California identified at Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial Counties working in any site appropriate media and who have prior experience working on projects of this budget and scale.

The City of Placentia is a strong proponent of inclusiveness of race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and socioeconomic background in all aspects of the community.

Submissions are accepted online only via the Call for Entries (CAFÉ) platform.

The RFQ for the Sculpture Project may be found here. The Sculpture Project carries a maximum all-inclusive fee of $400,000.

The RFQ for the Murals Project may be found here. The Murals Project carries a maximum all-inclusive fee of $100,000.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2022. Selected artists will be contracted in July. The deadline for completion of the artwork ready for installation is November 30, 2022.

Complete details for the projects may be found in the online RFQs, including images and dimensions of the sites, size specifications, background on the community, and benchmark dates.

A free webinar for prospective applicants will be offered virtually on Wednesday, May 11 at 5 p.m. Prospective artists are encouraged to attend and may register here.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Technical assistance to applicants may be obtained by contacting Nicholas Thurkettle, Program Coordinator, Arts Orange County: [email protected].

This article was released by Caltrans.