Project Title: Town of Sahuarita Electric Boxes Summer 2019
Selected finalists will receive a $125 honorarium to develop a specific proposal for the available utility boxes. Proposals should be returned by email to Matt Rolland at SAACA (matt@SAACA.org) by May 31 in digital form with the subject line “Firstname_Lastname_SAHUARITA PROPOSAL” or by USB drive.
If proposals are done by hand, they must be scanned prior to submission. Finalist proposals and utility box placement will be evaluated by the Town of Sahuarita Parks and Recreation department, with input from select members of the public, community and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance.
Finalist Proposals Proposals should take into account the following factors:
Photos are provided of the 5 available utility boxes owned by the Town of Sahuarita at the link below. Photos were taken front, left, back and right (a clockwise direction starting front). Dimensions of each box are listed.
Anticipated total budget for each utility box is $1,000 - $1,300 (artists may receive multiple awards for multiple boxes)
The Town would like to see proposals that include what an artist would do with one box, and what they would do if they were awarded 3 boxes.
Stylistic unity and continuity is preferred in the multiple box proposal. Depicted images / ideas can be distinct from each other or uniform.
Although the commissions are in honor of the 25th anniversary of Sahuarita, the town is not looking for murals to state "Happy Birthday" or "25th Anniversary". Designs should feel timeless. Mural design shall have a relationship to the Town of Sahuarita. Relationship may be literal or abstract. Examples of mural themes include Sahuarita’s history, people, physical environment, etc. Mural theme may also relate to the specific location of the utility box. For example, if a utility box is located adjacent to sports fields, a sports themed utility box might be appropriate. The intent of this provision is to provide broad direction to artists to allow for the greatest flexibility in the mural design.
The artist budget should include all costs associated with design and installation of the artwork, including supplies, and any and all required insurance, taxes, etc. Mural shall be a quality work of art and appeal to a broad constituency.
Mural shall be all-weather and graffiti-resistant.
It is expected artist proposals will activate each side of an awarded utility box (not just one face). Although it is preferred if artists can paint the entirety of the box, given the project budget, artists are not expected to completely cover the entire box with paint.
The only sign that needs to remain visible on each box is the safety sign ("Danger High Voltage Keep Away"). Artists may cover as little or as much of the existing box as they think appropriate for the site.
Materials The artist budget should include all costs associated with design and installation of the artwork, including supplies, and any and all required insurance, taxes, etc. Artists must use the following materials.
Paint Types require premium high solids 100% acrylic latex waterborne exterior wall and trim.
Paint; low-sheen, eggshell or satin finish; minimum 1.5 mil dry thickness per coat.
Pratt and Lambert: Accolade Exterior Acrylic Latex, Eggshell
Benjamin Moore: Aura Exterior Acrylic Latex #634 Low Luster
Frazee #126 Mirror Glide Low Sheen Acrylic Latex
Kelly Moore #1245 Acry-Shield Acrylic Latex Low Sheen
To celebrate the Town of Sahuarita's 25th Anniversary, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA), in collaboration with the Town of Sahuarita Parks and Recreation Department, seeks to enhance the cultural environment, visual landscape and the quality of life for residents and visitors to public parks in Sahuarita.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is seeking experienced and talented visual artists, artist teams and arts organizations to work within communities to create unique artwork on Utility Boxes throughout the Town of Sahuarita. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional artists, artist teams, and arts organizations working in the visual arts who possess the knowledge, creative, technical expertise and the administrative capacity to oversee multiple projects simultaneously.
The Utility Box Art Project will involve local artists contributing to the beautification of the Town. Artists, artist teams or arts organizations will convey a sense of community pride by transforming utility or electrical boxes into distinctive works of art. In many instances the Utility Boxes have already been identified and are clustered in designated parks. Up to 5 utility boxes will be commissioned. This program will encourage the creative interaction of artists, Town officials and community members to enliven the public space in these corridors. The program will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Town of Sahuarita.
Special consideration will be given for an interactive, community involved project, such as a "Paint by Numbers" approach, incorporating poetry submitted by town residents, integration with a local school, etc.
Up to five boxes will be commissioned in total and must be completed between April - September 2019. Successful artists, artist teams or arts organizations must demonstrate the following:
Budget Anticipated total budget for each utility box is $1,000 - $1,300. Each budget will be all-inclusive, and must cover all expenses associated with the concept, implementation, and post-implementation of the commissioned utility box art project, including design development, production and execution, as well as any required presentations, approvals, and/or Town permits. This project is funded through the Parks and Recreation Department.