Broad Street Station has been the home of the Science Museum of Virginia [the Museum], for the past 40 years. Broad Street Station (Union Station) was the only railroad station designed by American architect, John Russell Pope. Pope’s other notable designs include the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art—West Building located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The Museum, located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, USA is seeking requests for preliminary proposals from a qualified individual artist and/or artist teams to design an original, large-scale iconic exterior artwork reflecting the theme of science and the Museum’s mission. The artwork should complement the Museum’s beautiful architecture and landscape. This public artwork will serve as a new destination point and source of inspiration for Museum guests, the Richmond community, and tourists alike.
As a catalyst for inspiration, a place that sparks curiosity, encourages discovery and presents ideas through the lens of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the Museum inspires hundreds of thousands of guests each year to enrich their lives through science.
Call to Artists 2019: Request for Qualifications & Preliminary Proposals
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Budget: $850K- $1M US Dollars, open to artists from any country that meet qualifications.
SUBJECT MATTER SHOULD:
1. Convey the concept of science and/or STEM via literal, metaphorical, or abstract representation.
2. Be an iconic visual experience that engages guests while creating an opportunity for inspiration, scientific discovery, and learning.
3. Be visually stunning and inspire a sense of wonder and awe.
4. Exemplify creative ways of thinking.
5. Encourage curiosity, sustainability, and a sense of community.
6. Support the goals and mission of the Museum.
7. Integrate seamlessly into the design of the facility and grounds.
HOW TO APPLY
All applications must be submitted electronically via Dropbox (25 MB maximum size).
English language preferred, but not required.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Submittals must be electronically received by 11:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -5 hours), October 18, 2019.
CALL TO ARTISTS 2019 FAQs
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OTHER QUESTIONS? EMAIL US:
Science Museum Public Art Committee, email@example.com
Email questions by 4:59 PM, EDT (GMT -5 hours) July 12, 2019.
Responses will be posted online https://www.smv.org/calltoartists2019
no later than 4:59 PM, EDT (GMT -5 hours) July 26, 2019.
Science Museum of Virginia Site Plan as of 10 January 2019
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Science Museum of Virginia - Aerial View