2013 Competition Entry Proposal:
CALL FOR ENTRIES: ARTIST-DESIGNED BIKE RACKS – CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is seeking design proposals for bike racks to be installed in Center City Philadelphia, and other potential locations in the city.
Of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the most bicycle commuters per capita. In order to support the transportation choices of its citizens, the City has developed a Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, with the goal of installing 1,500 new bike racks per year for five years. The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is collaborating with the Bicycle Coalition on this artist-designed bike rack competition, with the goal of supporting and encouraging bicycling in Philadelphia by providing a creative solution to the need for bicycle parking: bike racks that also function as additions to the city’s collection of outdoor public art.
The total budget for each bike rack is $5,000 for small racks and $15,000 for large racks (inclusive of fabrication and installation). The number of designs to be selected is not known at this time. Some designs may be identified for fabrication in limited editions.
This competition is open to all artists and design professionals. The Bicycle Coalition and the City of Philadelphia reserve the right to determine additional artist eligibility requirements.
The following sites and bike rack sizes have been identified for consideration; however this competition seeks designs that would be suitable for any number of locations in Center City Philadelphia:
● Sister Cities Plaza (18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway): large rack
● City Hall, south side or NW corner (Broad and Market Streets): large rack
● near the PMA Perelman Building (2525 Pennsylvania Avenue): small rack
● Boat House Row (Kelly Drive): small rack
● Penn Center Plaza (between 15th and 16th, Market and JFK Boulevard): large rack
● near the Café Cret (16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway): small rack
In addition to the sites listed above, the competition seeks designs that will work to enhance additional multiple locations in Center City both on plazas and on wide sidewalks. One or multiple designs may be selected. Applicants are encouraged to use the city resource www.cultureblocks.com to further research center city Philadelphia.
A design review committee comprised of arts professionals, representatives of the City, the Bicycle Coalition, the property owners, and other stakeholders will be responsible for selection of the winning design(s). Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency and compatibility with the character of Center City. Functionality for the intended purpose, long-term maintenance, durability, and public safety concerns will be equally important selection criteria. The selected artist(s) would be expected to oversee fabrication and installation of the bike racks.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Please note that private matching funds are being sought for this project. As such, a small plaque acknowledging the funder(s) may be required to be on or adjacent to bike racks. By applying to this RFP, the applicant grants permission to the BCGP and the City to use images of the designs on their websites, print and other media. The BCGP and the OACCE reserve the right to reject any and all proposals submitted.