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North Square Public Art Project | Deadline 1.4

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, with the Department of Public Works, the Boston Art Commission, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, invite artists to submit proposals for a public art project in North Square. The City of Boston’s Public Works Department has allocated $200,000 from the North Square reconstruction project budget towards a public art project that will be incorporated into the reconstruction of the Square.


 

Timeline

RFP released -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On or before noon Monday, November 14, 2016

Site walk through (optional for applicants) ------------------------------------------------------------------- 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Monday, December 5, 2016

Deadline to submit questions about the RFP to the Boston Art Commission ------------------------------------ 5:00 pm Friday, December 9, 2016

Consolidated answers to questions about the RFP posted on the City’s Supplier Portal ----- On or before noon Friday, December 16, 2016

Deadline to submit proposals ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5:00 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Interviews with applicants submitting responsive and responsible proposals (if needed) ----------------------------------- Early/Mid January 2017

Artist/Team selected --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- February 2017

Dates are subject to change. Any changes will be posted in an addendum on the City’s Supplier Portal.

Who should apply

This RFP is open to all professional artists, artisans, architects, landscape architects, or teams (hereinafter, referred to as “Artists”), with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration. Professionals from the North End neighborhood are encouraged to apply.

The North End - Project Context

Settled in the early 1600’s, the North End is one of Boston’s oldest occupied neighborhoods and has a vibrant community fabric. North Square was the center of community life, and continued to be a site of commerce and gathering place through the 1800’s as waves of immigrants settled in the neighborhood. In the 20th century the neighborhood was mainly comprised of Italian and Jewish immigrants. The prevalence of Italian immigrants cemented the area as a landmark for its Italian American community, cuisine, and businesses.

Today, the neighborhood is a tourist destination both for its place in American history as well as its contemporary Italian American culture, such as summer festivals honoring patron saints of Italian cities. North Square is a much-loved open space nestled amongst tight cobble-stoned streets and three/four-story brick buildings. Closely adjacent to the Mariner’s House, an inn reserved exclusively for the men and women who worked at sea, the Paul Revere House, Rachel Revere Park, and the Sacred Heart Church, the Square’s boundaries are marked by heavy black maritime chains.
 


Contact Information for questions

For artwork and project specific questions, please contact: BAC@Boston.gov

Please direct all questions about the Supplier Portal submission process to:

Supplier Portal Assistance

Email: Vendor.Questions@cityofboston.gov 

Phone: 617-635-4564