CITY OF SANTA MONICA – Colorado Avenue Esplanade Project

In RFQ on November 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

The City of Santa Monica Arts Commission, through its peer panel selection process, is seeking qualifications from artists based on the West Coast for the creation of public art for the Colorado Avenue Esplanade.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:  Colorado Avenue occupies a strategic location that integrates Santa Monica’s Downtown, Civic Center and Oceanfront districts.  The redesigned Colorado Esplanade and the Station Plaza are envisioned as a signature public place that ties these districts together.  The Colorado Esplanade will accommodate high levels of pedestrian and bicycle traffic between the Light Rail Station and the Pier, the Main Street Bridge to the Civic Center and Palisades Garden Walk, and the streets leading into the Downtown. Renowned landscape architectural firm Peter Walker Partners is leading the design team for the Esplanade project and has extensive experience working with artists to incorporate art in significant public projects.

ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to artists living on the western coast of the United States, which is defined as California, Oregon and Washington State.  The selected artist must be available to meet several times with City staff, the project team and City advisory boards and commissions.

BUDGET: The all-inclusive budget for design, fabrication and installation is $150,000.

DEADLINE: Application materials must be received at or before 5:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

QUESTIONS: Malina Moore, Cultural Affairs Supervisor at (310) 458-8350 or by e-mail at



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