DEADLINE: June 2, 2017

Context

Public Art is a part of our public history, part of our evolving culture and part of our collective memory.  It reflects and reveals our society and adds meaning to our cities.  As artists respond to our times, they reflect their inner vision to the outside world while creating a chronicle of our public experience.

At the request of City Council – the City of Regina and Regina Police Service developed a Graffiti Management Program to address the issue of graffiti in Regina.  The Mural Art Program is a component of this program and is expected to assist with preventing and reducing graffiti in Downtown, managed by the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District.

Project description

The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) in partnership with the City of Regina is seeking visual artists to design and create innovative art for the Traffic Control Boxes located along 11th Avenue between Broad St. and Albert St.  These highly visible boxes are the silver metal boxes at intersections that control the operation of the traffic signals.

A digital reproduction of the successful designs will be transferred onto a vinyl product that will be wrapped around the Traffic Control Boxes.  Artists should understand that the finished works will be on functioning City of Regina equipment that will need repair or replacing at some point in time. The City therefore cannot guarantee the duration of use of each traffic signal box. Artists should also be aware that traffic signal boxes are often targets for vandalism. Although we will protect the artwork with a vandal-resistant clear coat, it cannot guarantee that vandalized traffic signal boxes will be repaired and the artwork restored to its original state. Artists must accept the risk that their artwork may be damaged, altered, or removed at any time after completion.

Successful submissions will: 

  • Reflect an understanding of the community and its identifying features, values and character.
  • Interpret these elements into public artwork for the traffic control boxes.
  • Be an original design that is respectful and suitable for the traffic control boxes.
  • Showcase the artist through color, design, technique and creativity.

An adjudication committee will review the submissions and selected artists will receive an honorarium of $650.00 at signing of agreement.

To apply, please provide:

  • Artwork concept description with a rough sketch of the design
  • 3 images of past work
  • Artist bio
  • Artist website link (if available)
  • Complete contact information including email address, mailing address and phone number

Submissions that do not include all of the above will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.  Please include only the requested materials in your submission.
Digital submissions are required.  Upload ALL materials to one folder in Google Drive or Dropbox.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH APPLICATION MATERIALS IN EMAILS.

Important details:

  • Traffic boxes are approximately 30 inches wide, 17 inches deep and 56 inches high.
  • Some boxes have 3 sides visible and some boxes have 4 sides visible and they all have a roof. Your design should be developed with this in mind.
  • Existing features of the traffic boxes includes vents, a door, hinges and handle. Pictures of traffic control boxes are attached.
  • Locations of the traffic control boxes is attached.

Timeline:

June 2, 2017:  Deadline for submission, for adjudication.

June 16, 2017:  The decisions of the adjudicating committee will be announced.

August 4, 2017:  Finished design must be available for digital transfer to wrap material.  The artist will work collaboratively with the project coordinator.

August 28, 2017:  Installation of wraps begins.

Please direct any questions to Lovella Jones: operations@reginadowntown.ca

Refer to map for locations of traffic control boxes:

  • Southwest corner of 11th Avenue and Albert Street. This box has 3 sides visible.
  • Northeast corner of 11th Avenue and Smith Street. This box has 3 sides visible.
  • Southeast corner of 11th Avenue and Lorne Street. This box has 4 sides visible.
  • Southeast corner of 11th Avenue and Cornwall Street. This box has 3 sides visible.
  • Southeast corner of 11th Avenue and Scarth Street. This box has 3 sides visible.
  • Southeast corner of 11th Avenue and Hamilton Street. This box has 4 sides visible.
  • Southeast corner of 11th Avenue and Rose Street. This box has 3 sides visible.
  • Southeast corner of 11th Avenue and Broad Street. This box has 3 sides visible.

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