Public Art Competition

Purpose

The Town of Westlake has determined that a Public Art Competition process will best facilitate the pursuit of exemplary Public Art, that can truly influence the future form of our Town and thereby make Westlake a place that is distinguished by the merger of place and art. Therefore, the Town of Westlake announces its inaugural Public Art Competition open to all artists who work in any form of outdoor art. This section fully explains the:

  • Nature of the work sought
  • Competition Process
  • Application process
  • Timing and deadlines
  • Frequently asked questions

General Scope of Work 

The scope of the work required of any selected artist will be specifically described in the RFQ/RFP’s sent out in connection with that competition. While the specific aspects of scope will vary, according to the needs of any particular competition, there are general features of scope that will be applicable to all competitions and include the following for each selected artist:

  • Design, fabricate, and oversee the installation of a permanent work.
  • Successfully take advantage of the intrinsic qualities of the site and its relationship to the Town fabric as well as its importance to the Town citizenry.
  • Creatively interpret the special qualities of a site and its environs in ways that engage the public.
  • Become familiar with the site, its environs, and Town before undertaking a design proposal.
  • Provide instructions regarding maintenance of the installation.
  • Perform a follow-up review of the work after 1 year.

Funding 

Each work selected through the Westlake Public Art Competition process will be funded through a separate funding campaign targeted to potential donors and/or sponsorships. Progress updates and announcements regarding funding any individual funding campaign will be provided in this section.

Site Description for Inaugural Competition

The site of the proposed Public Art installation is located at the northwest corner of Davis Boulevard (FM 1938) and Dove Road, in Westlake, Texas. This location functions as a major crossroad for local and regional movement and is the cognitive center of Town.  The site is shared with a new Westlake Fire-EMS facility, which reflects Westlake’s attention to quality in the design and construction of all public structures. 

In addition, major streetscape enhancements of the crossing roadways have been completed. The Public Art installation will occupy a prominent place of natural importance as well as aesthetic significance. This corner is also a point of confluence for natural drainage ways, which must be factored into the final design.  More detail about the site is contained within the Public Art Request For Qualifications (RFQ). Artists interested in learning more about Westlake's Public Art application process can find additional information here1j

Artist Selection Process 

The Public Art Committee will curate this competition event. There will be three major stages in the artist selection process as follows:

Step 1, Evaluate Responses to the RFQ: The responses to the Request for Qualifications will be reviewed by the Committee and Town and those Artists who most demonstrate an understanding of the challenge, are able to assemble a multi-disciplinary team (as stated in the RFQ) and have comparable experience…or…illustrate the capacity to address the challenge in a truly creative/unique way will be selected to advance to Step 2.

Step 2, Request for Proposal (RFP): Artists chosen from the initial set of those who responded to the RFQ will be asked to present a proposal and will be offered an honorarium to offset some of the costs associated with its preparation such as the required site visit. The proposals will be graphic drawings and sketches fully explaining the proposed work/ concept. These proposals will be evaluated against the statements of purpose and expectation as well as criteria presented to those invited to prepare a proposal at the time such invitations are offered. The artists responding to a Request for Proposal will be asked to address a “Tiered” Budget structure outlined for this project.  The Budget levels are:

Tier 1: $450,000

Tier 2: $600,000

Tier 3: $850,000

Any proposal submitted by an artist should target the budget tier for which the project is intended.  An artist may submit a proposal for each tier if they desire.

Step 3, Selection of a Finalist: A finalist will be selected from the set of artists invited to present a proposal and asked to develop the original proposal further and make a model of the final design. The artist can identify the benefits of the work’s impact/ significance that movement from one of the above-referenced tiers to another would afford the Town. To offset some of the costs associated with further development, a second honorarium will be offered. The finalists will be required to make those presentations specified at the time of selection. These will include a presentation to the citizens of Westlake and potential underwriters.

See a flow diagram summary of the above-described process in the graphic below.

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Deadline 

The following Deadlines are applicable to the Dove/Davis competition:

  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be published by: November 15, 2018
  • Submission of Responses to the RFQ are due by: January 10, 2018 
  • A maximum of 4 Artists (Semi-finalists) will be selected by: February 11, 2018 (tentative)
  • A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be distributed to the Semi-finalists along with a $5,000 honorarium by: (Dates will be provided in the Request for Proposal sent to the Semi-finalists)    
  • Semi-finalists proposals must be submitted by: (Dates will be provided in the Request for Proposal sent to the Semi-finalists)          
  • A Final Artist will be selected by: (Dates will be provided in the Request for Proposal sent to the Semi-finalists)
  • A $10,000 honorarium for further development of the selected proposal will be issued by: (Dates will be provided in the Request for Proposal sent to the Semi-finalists)                                
  • The final design must be provided to the Town by: (Dates will be provided in the Request for Proposal sent to the Semi-finalists)            

Frequently Asked Questions 

All questions regarding Westlake’s Public Art Program or this Dove/Davis Competition must be submitted via e-mail at the following e-mail address: tbrymer@westlake-tx.org.  All questions will be answered via e-mail response and both the question and Westlake’s response will be posted under this website tab (FAQ: Public Art Competition).