1 Oct 2019

Public Art RFP Roundabout Public Art

City of ThorntonThornton, Colorado, United States

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City of Thornton

Opportunity Description

U.S. Regional Deadline: January 31, 2020 – The town of Eastlake was settled as a railway village about 100 years ago. Eastlake was incorporated into Thornton in 1990. In 2017 Council adopted a Subarea Plan for Eastlake. This Roundabout Project is a piece of the plan for Eastlake development. Eastlake residents have a passion for their community and pride in their values. Landscape, history, agriculture and natural lifestyles are important. Artwork submissions should consider these values. The focus of the artwork should be a cohesiveness of history, nature and art. The artwork should show an unexpected and creative design that emulates these attitudes.

As Eastlake transitions to becoming a transit-oriented development, there will be increased development in the town and the surrounding areas adjacent to the Eastlake Rail Station. The intent is to develop a common language of materials and visual cues to cohesively identify Eastlake and honor it’s industrial agriculture heritage in a contemporary and compatible manner. A literal visual representation of this cohesiveness is not necessary. Abstract works are acceptable.

The artist(s) must also prove that the design is low water use, low maintenance and well lit at night.

The project is open to all Colorado artists (and/or artist teams), age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Preference will be given to those with previous large scale project experience and a connection to the Thornton community. Artists must demonstrate a history of large scale public artwork project experience and provide references. City of Thornton employees are not eligible.

A successful submission will demonstrate the following:

  • A cohesiveness between the landscape and the artwork.
  • Creatively reflect the history of the Eastlake community.
  • Embody the values of agriculture, history, the agrarian lifestyle, and wildlife.

It will also consider a low maintenance, water efficient, well lit design that ensures safety and sustainability.

BUDGET – $250,000
The selected artist or artist team will be responsible for the design, fabrication, and shipment to the site and the installation of the artwork. The available budget must cover all of the above, including without limitation artist fees, permit fees, taxes, insurance, materials, tools, travel, project installation, expense contingency and any other associated cost.



  • Proposal deadline: January 31, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalists notified: February 28, 2020
  • Finalists present by: March 31, 2020
  • Finalist selected: April 15, 2020
  • Finalist will work with city staff for installation timeline. Roundabout landscape is scheduled to be ready for installation in the Summer of 2020

Jesse Jimenez
Arts & Cultural Coordinator

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, Open to Regional Artists, and Special Opportunities. Income: *No Application Fee and Purchase.

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