Utility Box Public Art Project

Utility Box Public Art Project


Call Type Continuous
Call Eligibility National
Entry Dates 1/1/20, 12:00 AM - 12/1/20, 12:00 AM 41 Days Left
Entry Fee? No
Utility Box Public Art Project

1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach 90278 United States


City of Redondo Beach Public Art Program


The City of Redondo Beach and its Public Art Commission invites artists to participate in the City’s first ever Utility Box Public Art Pilot Program. The City and the Commission are seeking artists to showcase their work in a Pilot Program to beautify up to 25 utility boxes located throughout the City of Redondo Beach. The goals of the program are to use public art to contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the City’s streetscapes and bring art to unexpected places.
Applications can be downloaded from www.redondo.org/recreation at the Public Art section.
Please read this Program Announcement in its entirety before completing the application.

This Public Art Program is open to all adult and student practicing artists. The Call is also open to art teachers that are interested in mentoring a group of students. All entries must be an original design and artwork of the entrant and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

Description and Location of Utility Boxes
The City’s Utility Boxes vary in size. The boxes are currently gray or green and overall installation of artwork will be completed by a vinyl wrap company, complete with necessary preparations including scraping, sanding, priming. The vinyl material used will also have a UV-protective clear coat to protect from sun and additional damage. The boxes are located throughout Redondo Beach, including major thoroughfares with traffic signals that are visible to pedestrian, cycling and automobile traffic.

The 25 utility boxes selected for this pilot project are located within each of the 5 Districts of the City of Redondo Beach. The locations of the utility boxes are listed on page 4. The boxes indicated for the first round are in bold font. Images of all utility boxes are available at www.redondo.org/recreation at the Public Art section.

This call is only for Redondo Beach Utility Boxes. At some intersections where there are more than one utility box, the City’s box is the only available box for public art installation.

Artwork Opportunity
The proposed Utility Box public art designs must be applicable and usable, covering all four sides and the top of the box. The artwork will be printed and installed by a contracted vinyl wrapping contractor on behalf of the artists and the City of Redondo Beach. The art should enliven the area, transform the street and reflect the neighborhood or area where the utility box is located. The artwork submitted should be family-friendly and suitable for viewing by all ages. Due to the location of the boxes, the art should be visible from a distance; therefore you may choose to utilize bold colors and designs. Artwork using a majority of dark colors will not be considered due to the potential for overheating the utility boxes. Additional consideration can be given to a project that showcases Redondo Beach’s cultural diversity, historic heritage, or acknowledges a key activity that takes place in the area. Artists can City of Redondo Beach
submit more than one concept for the same location or submit a concept that includes a continuous theme across multiple utility boxes and locations.

The artwork design may not restrict any vents or airflow through the boxes, thus necessary layout edits to designs may be made by the City. The City must be able to fully access the box and the components inside the box at all times. In the event the utility box is mounted on a base or concrete or other material, the base shall not be included as part of the available area for a public art design. Any nearby protective poles, bollards, planters, etc. are not be included as part of the available area for a public art design. The artist is responsible for the design of the artwork to be printed on the vinyl and wrapped. Entries that use a copyrighted or trademarked image will not be accepted. In addition, the art must not be plagiarized, stolen, or copied from any other source. Entries must not defame or invade the rights of any person, living or dead.
The artwork may include the name of the artist and, if applicable, the sponsor of the specific utility box in no larger than a 3” x 5” space on one of the box’s 4 side panels. The artwork is considered a long?term installation and will become the property of the City of Redondo Beach.

How to Apply for this Call
Please go to www.redondo.org/recreation and select Public Art to access the City’s Public Art Program and this application which is available for download.

All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration.
??1. Application Form completed.
??2. A concept drawing that shows all four sides and top of the utility box must be included in the application. Please note that utility boxes do differ in size, so the diagram is for a concept drawing not necessarily to scale. Concept drawings may be hand drawn, however digital design is recommended.
??3. Specifications on materials and/or program used to design artwork (e.g. oil painting scanned into a jpeg, InDesign, Photoshop, original photography).
??4. An Artist Statement (2,000 characters maximum) that describes why the artist is interested designing a utility box, previous experience working on public art projects, and how the artist believes the art will transform the street and/or enliven the area.
??5. A resume that includes exhibition history, past projects; or a brief description of cooperative, community?based projects (four pages maximum). If you are a student, a letter of recommendation from an art teacher will be accepted in lieu of a resume.
??6. A maximum of 3 examples of previous work including a brief description.
??7. Desired box location (not guaranteed). The Public Art Commission will accept up to 3 location choices. Please rank the specific location with “#1” being the most desired, “#2” being the next, and so forth. The City and the Public Art Commission will have final say on all determinations of location if artist is accepted.

Submit to:

Joyce Maddox
Cultural Arts Manager/Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Community Service Department

Fax (310) 798-8463

Posted on: 12/27/19, 1:52 AM