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New Public Art Opportunity Announced!

The Arts Program is excited to announce a new public art opportunity at the proposed Airline Support Building. Interested applicants should visit for complete details and to apply.

Project Description/Summary: The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority seeks statements of qualifications from artists or multiple artists as a team to design, fabricate, transport and deliver, and consult during installation for an Artwork to be installed by the Authority for the Airline Support Building.
Background: The Airline Support Building (ASB) is a new building on the south side of the airfield, just north of N. Harbor Drive and east of the existing Administration Building. Its intended use will be to serve belly cargo, provisioning and ground service equipment maintenance for multiple airline tenants, who will be collocated into a single building and separated by demising walls. It is proposed to be a 2-story building approximately 600 ft long, 137 ft wide and 33 ft high with a total square footage of approximately 93,000 sf. The actual building construction is anticipated to begin in September, 2019 and is scheduled to be complete by July, 2020. It is anticipated that tenant improvements of their individual lease areas would begin at this time so that the building could be operational by October of 2020.
Project Description: An Artist or Artist team will be selected to design, fabricate, transport and deliver, and consult during the installation of a permanent artwork for the Airline Support Public Art Opportunity. The proposed Artwork will be sited in front of security fencing that surrounds a secured Airside apron area used by airline tenants for staging of cargo and ground equipment. The artwork is expected to double as a screening element and may take the form of a screen, wall relief, or multiple successive sculptural elements. The artwork should resonate with the Airport’s commitment to environmental stewardship. It should contemplate the unique siting of the Airport, the ecological conditions and history of the site, as well as the native flora and fauna. The artwork should also consider wind or solar power to activate kinetic or lighting components. The selected artist or artist team will be encouraged to propose use of sustainable construction or fabrication methods and other strategies through which the artwork can support the Airport’s sustainability efforts. The artwork is expected to provide a distinct experience both during the day and evening. Finally, as primary views of the work are from moving vehicles, the artwork should offer a dynamic experience from this vantage point.
The Artist selected for this opportunity will collaborate closely with the Authority’s design team throughout the design, construction, and installation process.
Estimated Budget: $300,000
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: SOQ’s from Airport Art Advisory Committee Members, Authority Board members, and Authority employees shall not be accepted. Artists that have demonstrated achievement of the following requirements are eligible to participate in this opportunity. Artist shall:
1. Have demonstrated the ability to create permanent site-responsive integrated projects;
2. Have successfully completed at least one (1) large-scale permanent public art commission project with a budget of at least $50,000;
3. Have experience working with a project design team outside of their own studio; and
4. Have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the project including a combination of the following: education and training as an artist, an exhibition record in museums, galleries and/or non-profit art spaces, previous public or private commissions, participation in artist residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional art practice.
5. Be legally qualified to work in the United States.
Image above: Adriene Hughes, Oh lovely desert, I worry about you, 2019