SCOPE OF THE PROJECT
The Newark Arts Council (NAC) in conjunction with the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB) is requesting proposals from artists for participation in a project to design large-scale footballs for a public art display beginning this October in celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII in the Meadowlands in February 2014. These footballs will be publicly placed to kick-off the NFL’s 2013–14 football season, becoming an integral part of the Super Ball Central activities. In addition, the region has been selected by the NFL to host Media Day, one the League’s biggest events. Media Day is set for January 28, 2014 and will take place at the Prudential Center. Upwards of 5,000 media representatives are anticipated to tour the city and cover this project.
Completed sculptures will be placed at strategic locations throughout the city, particularly at major transportation hubs and high traffic areas in the region area such as: Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station, Prudential Center, The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens, and Union County Courthouse. Cultural attractions like Newark Museumand neighborhood destinations like the Ironbound will also be home to the sculptures.
- There will be 22 football sculptures located in strategic public spaces.
- Individual artists or artist teams interested in participating in this competition must submit a proposal detailing their plan to decorate the footballs that reflects their artistic spirit or subject(s) of choice. Design firms and others in the creative sector are also encouraged to apply.
- Materials used must be able to resist severe, outdoor winter conditions without fading and corrosion for an extended period of time. Final sculptures must be able to reasonably resist vandalism.
- Each artist or team will be awarded an honorarium in the amount of $300 with an additional $150 for materials and supplies. Sculptures will remain the property of the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- This competition is open to all NJ residents over the age of 18.
A panel of jurors comprised of arts professionals, convention and tourism staff, marketing and business directors will select entries that are best suited for the project. Selected artists will receive one (1) football to decorate.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: artistic quality; appropriateness of content; innovation; durability/permanence; chosen materials; absence of hazards to the public; ability of the artist to complete the project within the established timeframe; and recommended measures against vandalism.
Winning entries will receive notification by: Thursday, August 15th
FUN INSPIRATIONAL FACTS (Designs should not be limited to these themes)
Super Bowl XLVIII—dubbed “The world’s largest huddle” —will be:
- The greenest game in history
- The first ever cold weather game
- The first Super Bowl hosted by two states
- Pick up or delivery of sculpture
- The football on a tee is 5 feet high
- It is constructed of Fiberglass
- It weighs less than 30 lbs
VISUALIZE IT! Here are some images from a similar Ann Arbor, MI project called Pigskins on Parade. Football designs do not have to be limited to sports, Newark/NJ, or Super Bowl themes!
Photos courtesy of Michigan Daily and “Ann Arbor Pool” Flickr Channel (http://www.flickr.com/groups/annarbor/pool/page56/)
- Artists traveling 50 miles or more may be eligible for short-term local studio space. Requests must be made at the time of application, and will be addressed on a first come first serve basis.
HOW TO SUBMIT
In order to be considered for selection, artists/teams should submit the following materials for review:
- Brief description of proposed design with renderings or mock-ups
- Artist statement, short bio/photograph, and resume/CV (limited to 3 pages total)
- 3-4 images of previous works to indicate style and previously executed public art installations, where applicable
- IMAGES SUBMITTED BY DISC WILL NOT BE REVIEWED
LATE OR INCOMPLETE PROPOSALS ARE NOT GUARANTEED FOR REVIEW
Proposals should be delivered by hand or mail no later than Friday, August 9, 2013 to:
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