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  Catalysts, Connections, & Intersections 
City of Surrey, BC 

Call for Public Artists


#03 City Centre Walking Loop Greenway “Spatial Connections” 
Call for Public Artists  #1220‐40‐31‐08        ‐ A 2008 CULTURAL CAPITAL OF CANADA INITIATIVE ‐ 
            The City of Surrey announces this opportunity for Canadian artists who are experienced in the design and production of exterior public art and in community processes to create a legacy for one of Surrey’s six town centres.   The  art  budget  is  $130,000  CND,  inclusive.   Stage  One  Submission  Deadline:  Thursday May 08, 2008.    Office hours are 8:30 – 4 pm 





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cultural capital of canada initiative The City of Surrey has been awarded the Cultural Capital of Canada designation for 2008. With the assistance of this federal funding, eight community projects and events will celebrate arts and culture and create a cultural legacy for the community. Amongst these, six public art installations will highlight not only surrey’s cultural and natural heritage, but also its diversity and fascinating First Nations history. The first new city of the 21st century Dubbed the “first new city of the 21st century” by Gordon Price of Simon Fraser University, the City of Surrey is undergoing rapid growth and development toward this vision. With 1000 new residents per month and significant new infrastructure being developed, Surrey is poised to “absorb 65 per cent of the region’s growth over the next 25 years.” (D. Watts, State of the City Address, 2008) The area now known as the City of Surrey was originally a lush landscape of fir, cedar, hemlock, blackberry bushes and cranberry bogs occupied by Coast Salish First Nations people. Settled by British immigrants in the mid 1800s, Surrey grew to be incorporated in 1879 and officially become a city in 1993. Today, this ‘City of Parks’ is the second fastest growing city in Canada with a surprising 6000 acres of active and passive parkland, and a diverse cultural population of 453,000 people with “the largest number of children in any city in the province”. Six town centres have developed within Surrey: Guilford, Fleetwood, City Centre/Whalley, Newton, Cloverdale and South Surrey, each with its own character. These communities are linked by three major highways, multiple well-maintained roadways and a number of lengthy walking and cycling paths. Transportation has played a major role in the development of Surrey. Located in close proximity to the United States border and on the Fraser River, Surrey’s roads, railways and deep-sea docks have supported and encouraged commercial and residential development.

Surrey’s economy continues to grow in leaps and bounds. As home to the second largest border crossing in Canada, every year …over $14 billion worth of goods cross either side of the border. An additional $3.5 billion cross the same corridor by rail…[and] the Surrey Fraser River Port is a key part of the second largest cargo port in Canada… Located right at the heart of Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway…[the City is preparing to] effectively capitalize on economic opportunities….The future of Surrey and the other high growth cities is the future of the region. Mayor Diane Watts, State of the City Address, 2008 Catalysts, Connections & Intersections: six public art projects for Surrey Through the overreaching concept of “Catalysts, Connections and Intersections” six projects have been matched with locations throughout the City’s urban and natural greenways and parks in one of each of its six city centres. The concept explores Surrey’s natural, built, and cultural heritage. Each project will be centred around concepts specific to its community. Outcomes for these public art projects include: o Building pride of place through visible manifestations of Surrey’s art and culture; o Increasing appreciation for Surrey’s cultural and environmental diversities; o Facilitating cultural sharing opportunities for communities and groups through arts & culture activities, thus building a wider knowledge base and basis for trust and understanding; and o Identifying unique community attributes and values that portray Surrey as a unique place to live, work and grow in. the Surrey greenway system The Surrey Greenway system is an opportunity to connect parks to greenways linking fragmented biosystems, wildlife, neighbourhoods, and neighbours to natural areas. How we interpret the landscape is reflected in how we preserve and protect the natural areas in our community. Artists can work to create artworks for Surrey Greenways that engage Surrey residents in making their own connections to the landscape of the natural and urban world and to the place they live. Ann Marie Slater, Greenway Art Plan, 2001




Greenways are a vast and growing web of linear park spaces spanning Surrey that serve as linkages and passages in the form of bikeways and footpaths connecting neighbourhoods, schools, recreation centres, cultural facilities, town centres and neighbouring cities. These networks are important to the community. They enhance the environment, and provide active and passive recreational opportunities creating strong feelings of user and neighbourhood ownership and making Greenways ideal sites for locating public and community-based art. The Greenway system’s 10-year plan is shaping future community connections, alternate transportation routes, and access to natural areas and open space for Surrey residents. The Greenway system is the new country pathway and art on the Greenways will help define this future heritage. Ann Marie Slater, Greenway Art Plan, 2001

at intersections along the Serpentine Greenway. #03 Spatial Connections: City Centre Walking Loop An artist will create two distinct series of highly visible and iconic elements to define, support and enhance two busy urban greenways whose dense urban surroundings are undergoing significant transformation and growth. #04 Culture as Catalyst: Bear Creek Park Language is the most powerful tool for preserving and developing the tangible and intangible heritage of people. An artist team will collaborate across cultures and disciplines to create a contemporary and placespecific art installation to world languages and languages alive in Surrey today. This lasting legacy will become a focal point for community celebrations of International Mother Language Day, and will celebrate cultural sharing, show respect and increase public awareness of (Canadian) indigenous and endangered languages. #05 Cultural Intersections: Cloverdale Exploring the natural and built history of this community, the artist will reflect on the role transportation plays in building, linking and defining communities. This project will take one of two directions, creating a gateway into the main street or contributing to the making of a family-friendly high street in the revitalization of the historic Cloverdale Town Centre. #06 Connecting Through Tradition: Semiahmoo Carving Project This project will strengthen and preserve aboriginal carving practices within the Semiahmoo community. Developed in partnership with the Semiahmoo First Nation, this will be an artist residency with an established artist mentoring young and emerging carvers.

the six projects

#01 Place Making Connections: Green Timbers Greenway Scale and time will be addressed through the creation of highly visible installations that consider the significant history and development of the nearby Green Timbers Urban Forest. An ecological perspective referencing notions such as the scale of a tree, natural cycles and relationships, society’s interaction and heritage stewardship will inform the artist’s approach. #02 Movement, Sound, Pattern: Serpentine Greenway An artist or artist team will engage the South Asian community and users of the greenway to explore how movement, sound and pattern can express the significance of this walking space for them. The project outcome will be a series of visible art elements




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#03 - Surrey City Centre Walking Loop Greenway - “Spatial Connections”
The City of Surrey is pleased to invite interested Artists or Artist Teams to submit their qualifications for the creation of two distinct series of highly visible iconic elements that will mark the transit guideway that permeates the area of the Whalley “City Centre Walking Loop”. The artworks will be designed, fabricated and installed in recognition of Surrey’s 2008 designation Cultural Capital designation. ***This Call for Qualifications does not require the preparation of a proposal.***


Iconic visual elements marking the transit guideway at column points will define, support & enhance positive community use of an urban greenway, whose surroundings are undergoing significant transformation and growth. The Whalley Revitalization Strategy includes a number of capital improvements, community development initiatives and incentives for

project background

development in Whalley. These will enhance this area of the City by improving its image, stimulating private sector development, and by building a greater sense of pride within the community for those who live, work and visit there. Founded on the belief that



the arts can play an integral and meaningful role in urban revitalization, Surrey developed a Whalley Revitalization Strategy Arts Plan. The Plan identified projects where the creation and placement of public art would enhance Whalley’s character and image while building community participation in the arts. The Greenways City Centre Walking Loop developed out of the Public Art Master Plan to focus to these goals.

installation as a whole will be a pivotal element in defining future plans for public art directions within the walking loop itself and for surrounding areas. Each location is distinct and the installations should reflect the theme and application for the location: 1. Sports / Active Living At West Whalley Ring Road north of 105A Avenue and through three pillars north of 107th Avenue, a rhythm of up to thirteen pillars, bisects the ballparks and playing fields at Tom Binnie and Whalley Athletic Parks. This site opportunity calls for artists to link the parks with installations that re-fit the light fixtures with sculptural art lanterns. City and lighting standards and codes must be met. Tom Binnie Park amenities include a playground, artificial turf field, and games court. Facilities include the Whalley Recreation Centre, Whalley Youth Centre, and the B.C. Lions Practice Facility. Whalley Athletic Park amenities include a playground, batting cages, picnic area, washrooms, mini soccer fields (2), micro soccer fields (3), baseball diamonds (7), and walking paths.

project site background
The main transportation and commercial hub of Whalley, this area has undergone significant development in the past few years, and that trend continues. Several diverse activities in the Whalley Downtown Centre connect through this site - vehicles and pedestrians, sports enthusiasts and tourists, students and shoppers, families and communities alike move through and recreate here. An expanded skytrain station, urban park, residential and commercial areas are being built near the bus loop, major parking areas and Surrey Place Mall, with the new SFU campus, ballparks and North Surrey Recreation Centre. Despite this urban growth, the community of Whalley is one of Surrey’s oldest and is reestablishing its image as a great community to raise a family. Present throughout these communities and activity areas is the skytrain system and concrete guideway pillars. city centre walking loop The City Centre Walking Loop links a diverse set of urban places at one of Surrey’s key entry points. Surrey Parkway is the major greenway in the City Centre area, linking Holland Park to 108th Avenue along 135th Street, City Parkway, and through the Central City Mall parking lot. The concept of a Walking Loop is intended to build positive identity in the City Centre area and attract the community to utilize this public space in positive and meaningful ways. The Walking Loop will activate and revitalize the community with a series of a places for community activities– such as charity walks and runa-thons. At the south end, Holland Park is an expansive space to gather and celebrate. In the middle of the loop are the athletic fields and associated public parks.


2. Environment / Natural Living The route at its south end is boldly defined by a high sweeping and almost theatrical curve of seven pillars through Holland Park (not crossing intersections). Artworks may be placed prominently on pillars and pillar caps. Artworks should be sensitive to existing artwork in Holland Park. (Note that existing artwork on pillars can be relocated.) Holland Park is undergoing substantial master planning revisions from an historic family forest to a signature urban park for Whalley Centre.


scope of work
One Artist or Artist Team is invited to design fabricate and install an iconic series of unique sculptural installations in two key locations on the route. The

The installations will become an integral part of the way-finding system through the sites, and will support positive community use of the urban greenway.



The successful Artist or Artist Team will work with sports/youth and environmental/naturalist groups to develop ideas/themes/images that are meaningful to these communities of interest. The extent of the work will depend on materials, the artists’ use of single or multiple designs and management of the allotted budget.

o Artworks should complement the contemporary language of the new developments as well as compliment the surrounding green spaces, and reflect the high design standards of new development.

o Artworks should consider both day and night visibility.
o Artworks must hold their own in a location already visually busy and heavily trafficked with fast moving traffic and slow moving pedestrians, and stand out against the concrete pillars in colour and form. o The location of artworks should not impede or cause siteline problems for pedestrian, vehicular or bike riding traffic. Final siting will consider any existing and future substructures or plans, such as gaslines, and road widening.

$130,000 CND is inclusive of all costs including artist and engineering fees, travel, design, artwork fabrication, public workshops, transport, site preparation, installation, all applicable taxes, permit fees, insurance, Workers’ Compensation Board coverage and contingency (5%), as well as any other costs associated with this project. The Artist or Artist Team will be responsible for a General Public Liability insurance policy in the minimum amount of two million dollars, and for current WCB coverage.

o Artworks must be made of durable materials, comply with public safety standards, be vandal, theft and graffiti resistant and be easily maintainable over long term. o The selected Artist or Artist Team will ensure that fastening of the artwork does not damage guideway structures; the artwork will not become detached, and that it will not provide a means of access onto the guideway.
o The selected Artist or Artist Team will work with sports/youth and environmental/naturalist groups to develop ideas/themes/images that are meaningful to these communities of interest

This call is open to professional artists living in Canada with experience in designing, fabricating and installing exterior public art and in community processes. City of Surrey employees and their relatives are not eligible to apply.

important dates
Call announced Information session Stage One submission deadline Short-listed artists notified by Stage Two proposals presented byContract Awarded Installation complete Opening Celebrations April 08/08 April 24/08 May 08/08 May 22/08 June 19-25/08 June 30/08 Spring 2009 TBA 2009

o The selected Artist or Artist Team will be required to consult with structural / electrical engineer, as well as an art conservator regarding the final design, fabrication and installation plans for the proposed artwork.) o RTPO will require drawings for any items attaching to the guideway structure indicating the attachment method and locations of the attachments for review and comment. o The selected Artist or Artist Team will also be responsible for consultation and collaboration with Surrey Engineer, Planning and Public Art as necessary. 8

project criteria
The Selection Panel is seeking an Artist or Artist Team whose vision reflects the activities, functions and principals of the communities who live and work around the City Centre Walking Loop. In fulfillment of this expectation: o Artworks must strongly relate to the context, and be iconic or highly visible.


SELECTION PROCESS selection stages

A two-stage selection process will be used for the commissioning of public art for this opportunity. Stage One is an open call to all artists living in Canada. The Selection Panel will review the artists’ submission material. Up to three Artist or Artist Teams will be short-listed and entered into Stage Two. Stage Two artists will enter into a preliminary proposal contract. This proposal will describe the artist's concept in a maquette or drawings, the intended approach to develop the concept, and include a proposed budget and a working schedule. It should outline the maintenance requirements of the proposed artwork and list intended contractors and consultants. The short-listed Artists or Artist Teams will receive a $1,000 honorarium payable upon receipt and presentation of the preliminary proposal. This will cover all costs to deliver the concepts. Some compensation will be available for long distance travel.

kind will arise from this CPA or any submissions. The City may negotiate changes to any terms or prices, and may negotiate with one or more Artists or may permit the submission of applications from other parties. A Contract between the successful Artist and Artist Team and the City of Surrey will be drawn up. The final work and all documentation will become the property of the City of Surrey. Proof of insurance and related WCB coverage must be provided upon signing the contract. Copies of the public art contracts are available upon request.

Each candidate will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

Stage One
o Application Compliance. o Demonstrated excellence of past work in conceptual, aesthetic and technical terms. o Track record demonstrating an ability to complete projects on time and within budgets. o Alignment of suggested approach to stated goals of this opportunity. o Experience working on projects of similar scale and diversity of scope. o Availability to work within the estimated timeframe.

selection panel

A Selection Panel composed of practising arts professionals and members of the community will be established by City art staff with advice from the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC). One PAAC advisor and Public Art staff will support the Panel process as non-voting members.

Stage Two
artistic experience / expression o excellence of concept o appropriateness of the proposed artwork in relation to the scope of work o Flexibility of proposal in respect to unknown factors in the community. technical skill and methodology o demonstrated ability to work with proposed media o ability to work with structural engineers to ensure the stability of the design and installation o sound problem-solving abilities management skills o understanding of project intent o realistic budget and schedule o good communication skills

selection approvals
The Selection Panel will select the proposal that, in its judgment, best meets the criteria. The Panel’s recommendation will be taken to PAAC for recommendation, and to Council for acceptance. Upon approval, the selected Artist or Artist Team will enter into a public art contract with the City of Surrey. The Selection Panel reserves the right not to select any of the artists.


This Call for Public Artists (CPA) is simply an invitation for qualifications for the convenience of all parties. It is not a tender and no obligations of any



o availability to work within the given time frame.

commissioning body and client, conceptual information, and a number corresponding to CD filename. 6. Support Material: Audio and video tapes may be submitted that have a maximum playing time of 3 minutes or cued up at the ‘clip’ that you wish panel members to consider. Label all submitted materials with the artists’ name and title of the proposal. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS.

Contact information, including name, phone number and email address must be on each page of the application. If applying as a team, identify one member who will serve as the primary contact and include that person’s contact information on each page. DO NOT FAX or EMAIL SUBMISSIONS.

Stage One application will include:
1. A signed letter of interest that addresses your interest, experience, and how you will approach the goals of the project as outlined in the scope of work and in the evaluation criteria. Use black type and a 10-point or larger font on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper.

Stage Two presentations will include:
1. Maquettes and/or drawings that fully describe the concept. 2. Samples that adequately describe materials and methods to be used. 3. A preliminary budget. 4. A preliminary schedule processes and milestones. 5. An outline requirements. of outlining project

2. A current résumé 3. A reference list with names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references who know your work and work processes. When referring to a specific project, then please include the contact name for commissioning bodies along with that of the project manager. Note: do not staple paperwork. 4. Up to 20 JPEG images of existing work on a PC COMPATIBLE CD (not DVD). CD's will be labeled "City Centre Walking Loop" and include the artist's name. If applying as a team, a total of 20 images may be submitted. All images will be in JPEG format (.jpg), and 1024 pixels (14.inches) on the longest side, at 72 dpi. Each image file name will be named as follows: artist’s last name, first initial, underscore, and number corresponding to the number on the image list (e.g. smithp_01.jpg). Images not following each of these specifications will not be reviewed. No personal websites will be reviewed. 5. An annotated image list that includes title of artwork, media, dimensions, year created,



6. A list of subcontractors and consultants to be used to develop/produce the artworks, including names and contact information.

submission deadline
Submissions will be received (not postmarked) by Thursday May 08, 2008. Office hours are 8:30 am until 4:00 pm The City of Surrey thanks all respondents for their submissions but regrets that only proponents advancing to Stage Two will be contacted.

Mail, courier or hand-deliver packages C/O: City of Surrey Violet McGregor, CMA, C.P.P. 6645 – 148th Street Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 3C7 Re: City Centre Walking Loop Submission CPA#1220-40-31-08



QUESTIONS? Questions will be answered in a written addenda and posted on the website.

other terms and conditions
Artists and Artist Teams are solely responsible for their own expenses in preparing and submitting an application, and for any meetings, negotiations or discussions with the City, relating to or arising from this CPA. The City will not be liable for any claims incurred by the Artists or Artist Teams for any activities related to or arising out of this CPA. An Artist or Artist Teams must disclose in its submissions any actual or potential conflicts of interest and existing business relationships it may have with the City, its elected or appointed officials or employees. The City may rely on such disclosure. Artists and Artist Teams and their agents will not contact any member of the City Council or City staff with respect to this CPA, other than the contact person named under “delivery” above, at any time prior to the award of a contract or the cancellation of this CPA. All submissions become the property of the City and will not be returned to the Artist or Artist Teams. The City will hold all submissions in confidence unless otherwise required by law. Artists and Artist Teams should be aware the City is a “public body” defined by and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of British Columbia.

Direct all inquiries to Violet McGregor by mail: to the address above, or email:, or fax: 604 599 0956 preliminary background information

Material pertaining to this call can be found at and follow Public Art, Opportunities

City Centre Plan and History.pdf Surrey Cultural Strategic Plan_partial.pdf Map – Sports_Active Living o Map - Holland Park Masterplan.pdf o o o

information meeting

A general information meeting will take place in the Program Room at the Surrey Arts Centre in Bear Creek Park) at 13750-88th Avenue, on Thursday April 24, at 6pm – 8pm. Please RSVP your attendance to: Violet McGregor Tel: 604 590 7274 Email:

submission check list
Letter of Interest Current Resume References Images of Past Work as .jpg images. Annotated image list Support Material NOTES: o Submissions will not be returned. o This is a call for credentials and interest only. o Do not send artwork pertaining to this call.




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