With groundbreaking slated for early January, Group i’s 950-974 Market project is nearly upon us as residents, workers, and artists in the Tenderloin. The construction is expected to last for over two years.

CounterPulse has identified a unique opportunity to hire artists to mitigate some of the issues associated with the two-year construction project. Leveraging the unique partnership from Group i, CounterPulse will allocate funds from San Francisco’s Office of Workforce Development and Group i directly to artists to design public art interventions that will provide respite, beautify, and illuminate the unit-block of Turk Street during the entirety of the construction.

Summary

CounterPulse seeks a qualified Design-Fabricator with expertise in public, urban project design, fabrication and installation, as well as familiarity with LED application to consult with design of and fabrication of light and respite structures on the Turk & Taylor Project: Consultants are encouraged to review the following information to better understand the Project and the services being sought.

Project Description

The cornerstone of the Turk & Taylor Project (Project) is a world-class art installation that will integrate with and mitigate issues around the construction of the  Group i’s 950-974 Market, which will stretch along the entire first block of Turk Street between Market and Taylor. The construction barricade will stretch over the sidewalk and parking lane on the south side of Turk Street and remain there for approximately 3 years. The core goals of the project are to: provide illumination, spaces for respite, safety, beautification, and to emphasize the community, diverse cultures, creativity, and unique qualities of the Tenderloin, while creating an inviting corridor off Market Street into the heart of the Tenderloin.

The Turk & Taylor Project artistic activation is comprised of four component opportunities:

  • + A 32-foot central mural by a Bay Area-based muralist on the plywood construction barricades.
  • + Two additional, adjacent murals from Tenderloin-based organizations, also  on the plywood construction barricades. At least one of the murals will be from an organization that serves youth.
  • + An LED light activation that covers the entire span of the plywood construction barricades.
  • + Seating sculptures down the length of the unit block Turk Street including one “parklet” style seating sculpture in front of CounterPulse, and three shade and light-providing seating sculptures throughout the block.
  • + Free live events with performance artists and musicians

The first stage of the project—the installation of the murals—will coincide with the groundbreaking of the construction project January 2018. The seating sculptures will be installed in April 2018. All components will remain up for the entirety of the construction period, and will serve as prototypes for permanent installations in the neighborhood.

 

Curatorial Framework

The Turk & Taylor Project Artistic Committee will use the following criteria in selecting artists for the project components:

  • + Addresses core project goals to: provide illumination, spaces for respite, safety, and beautification
  • + Emphasizes the community, diverse cultures, creativity, and unique qualities of the Tenderloin
  • + Creates an inviting corridor off Market Street into the heart of the Tenderloin.
  • + Familiarity with and reference to the unique architectural typologies of the Tenderloin
  • + Priority to Tenderloin-based artists (community organizations must be based in the Tenderloin and muralists must be based in the Bay Area)

 

Community Design

At the initiation of the project CounterPulse surveyed Turk Street residents via oral surveys at community meetings as well as a series of paid focus groups. The findings from this research has been used in the overall design of the project and the findings will additionally be made available to selected Artists for guidance in their design process.

Additionally Turk Street residents will be on the Advisory Board and will approve of the final designs.

Context and Background

The lower Tenderloin has a storied history and multifaceted present. The unit block of Turk Street, and surrounding blocks, have long been the city’s center for activism, underground music, theater, and arts. The area is proposed to become the nation’s first transgender cultural districts as Compton’s Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (TLGB) District. With the highest density of children of any San Francisco neighborhood, the Tenderloin is vital neighborhood to invest in for our future.

The intersection of Turk & Taylor streets was identified by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development as one of nine Action Zones targeted for revitalization through the Central Market Economic Strategy (http://investsf.org/neighborhoods/central-market/). The goal of the Strategy is to harness new investment in the area to create a diverse, healthy, mixed-income neighborhood that offers safety and well-being to all who live, work, and visit the area. Today there are new businesses, residents, and activities that spark an inspiring vision of the future for the neighborhood. Successful project applications will acknowledge aspects of the Tenderloin’s rich history and present.

 

Artist Opportunities

Lead Muralist

Project Overview: A 400-foot central mural by a Bay Area-based muralist on the plywood construction barricades. The mural can either be painted directly onto the barricades or original imagery can be printed on vinyl and installed. The Lead Muralist will coordinate with the Light Artist to dynamically illuminate the mural.

Timeline: Proposals due November 27. Murals will be painted or installed in the beginning of January 2018.

 

Light Artist

Project Overview: Light installation on the construction barricade that is designed in relationship with the murals. The installation should be durable and able to withstand being up for two years. We are especially interested in projects that include some sort of participatory or motion-activiation components. The Light Artist will also consult with the Public Art Design-Fabricator to devise light solutions for the Shade and Light Sculptures.

Project Budget:The budget for Artist Fee, Artwork Design, Fabrication, and Installation is $15,000.

Timeline: Proposals are due December 18. Lights for the barricades will be installed in January 2018. Lights for the Shade and Light Seating Sculptures will be installed in April 2018.

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Public Art Design-Fabricator

Project Overview: Shade and Light Seating Sculptures: Seating sculptures down the length of the unit block Turk Street including one “parklet” style seating sculpture in front of CounterPulse, and three shade and light-providing seating sculptures throughout the block.

Project Budget: The budget for Artist Fee, Artwork Design, Fabrication, Material Cost, and Installation is $45,000.

Timeline: Proposals are due December 18. Design phase is January 18-February 15, Fabrication phase is February 15-March 15, and Installation March 15-March 22.

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How To Apply

Application instructions are available in each Project Opportunity RFP.

Please read the RFP of interest thoroughly before applying.

Please contact Erica Dixon, at erica@counterpulse.org, with any questions regarding the opportunities or the application.