Spark!

SPark! Igniting Our Community
Public Art in Pynchon Plaza

SPark! Igniting Our Community Call for Art

– Free Library Box (quantity of 1)

– Pynchon Plaza Signage (quantity of 2)

– Artful Seating (quantity of 1) 

– Utility Art (quantity of 10) 

– Art Installation on Fencing (quantity of 1)

– Mosaic (quantity of 1-2 mosaic panels in 2 areas

– 3D Pedestal Art / Sculpture (quantity of 4)

– Sound Sculpture – (quantity not specified)

NOTE: When filling out the request for an application, please select from the above SPark! Public Art project(s) to indicate which Call for Art you intend to submit a proposal. Artful seating requires a diffferent application & additional documents which are linked at the very end under “Art Seating” section.

A separate application is required for each project proposal. Please reference the Call for Art Document for additional details.

Theme:

Art should be literally or abstractly inspired by Springfield’s cultural and historical legacies, including past and/or present day residents, neighborhoods, cultural traditions and landmarks, places and landscapes, architecture, and other distinctive qualities that make the city a special place to live, work, and visit.

 We encourage artists to utilize the theme in a way that ensures that Springfield residents are reflected in the artwork and have pride in the public art created through SPark!

Q&A section: All questions must be submitted in writing to info@springfieldculture.org. In an effort to ensure that all interested parties have access to the same information, all questions and answers will be posted to the website.

Click Here to View Q & A Spark PDF

IMPORTANT DATES TO SAVE

January 13 – Self Guided walkthrough of Pynchon Plaza until noon

(signs will be posted on Art Installation Areas)

  • February 5 – Request for Call for Art Closes. This is the LAST day you may request a Call for Art!

February 8 – Public Pynchon Plaza Walkthrough – 11:30am – 12:30am REGISTER HERE

February 12 – Last day to submit written questions. SUBMIT QUESTIONS HERE

  • February 16 – Answers to questions will be posted online and emailed to everyone who requested a call for art application,

February 21 – Call For Art Proposals Due at 2PM

SPark! Video Tour is

NOW LIVE!

Enjoy a virtual walk-through of each public space in this video.

 

SPark! Mural Design

In 2021, Common Wealth Murals, GoodSpace Murals and Related Beal are wrapping this mural around the parking structure facing Pynchon Plaza so it will become part of the parkscape.

In 2019, the current mural was created in part by residents and visitors during paint parties and finished by Common Wealth Murals and GoodSpace Murals. One of the largest murals in Springfield, it is adjacent to Pynchon Plaza.

SPark!, Igniting Our Community

  • A project to envision and create public art that serves to connect our city, residents and visitors.
  • A two-year public art project that will transform recently reopened Pynchon Plaza into a vibrant public space. 
  • Collective process to imagine, select, and commission public art that celebrates Springfield’s citizens, culture and heritage. 
  • Use the arts to connect neighborhoods and people, creating equitable partnerships that demonstrate the power of civic engagement for more vibrant and livability communities.
  • Turn an under-utilized urban park into a free outdoor art gallery that all city residents and visitors can experience
  • Be a welcome and inviting place for residents to gather to socialize and enjoy their city.
  • Improve physical access between neighborhoods by improving traffic patterns and pedestrian and public safety.
  • Spur public space and retail projects along adjacent avenues
  • Encourage tourism throughout the city.

SPark! Considerations

  • All artists are encouraged to visit Pynchon Plaza prior to submitting a response to any Request for Proposal (RFP) for SPark!. 
  • All submissions must include either a Springfield artist or collaboration with a Springfield artist, fabricator or collaboration. 
  • Black, Indiginous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ and female artists are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration and scoring criteria. Equity and access is a high priority for SPark! 
  • Artists are encouraged to consider a theme inspired by Springfield’s cultural and historical legacies, including past and/or present day residents, neighborhoods, cultural traditions and landmarks, places and landscapes, architecture, and other distinctive qualities that make the city a special place to live, work, and visit.
  • All materials should be resistant to varying weather conditions. Consideration should also be given to using material that does not conduct heat during hot summer months that could result in safety/touch considerations.
  • SPark! is committed to supporting artists of varied backgrounds and experience, levels of professionalism, specialization, style, etc. Proposals of all mediums – paint, structure, visual, projection, electronic, sound, etc. – will be considered relative to the specifications of each of the SPark! installations.
  • All project awardees need to be able to demonstrate that they are current with all local, state, and federal taxes and fees. The City of Springfield will require that awardees sign a statement stating the above is true.
  • Submission instruction are on Page 11 of the SPark! Call for Art.
  • Evaluation Criteria is on Page 12 of the SPark! Call for Art

SPark! Public Art Display – Project Description

There are a total of eight (8) projects.  Art should be inspired by Springfield’s people, cultures, places and historical legacies, which may include, but is not limited to, Springfield landscape, iconic architecture, people, or cultures and can be literal or creative/interpretive representations. 

Note: Photos of the SPark! Art locations within Pynchon Plaza represent where the artwork will be placed. Please note that the “examples” under each of the eight (8) project descriptions are only meant to spark ideas and do not represent the concepts we are looking to receive. 

Please sign up to receive Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP) e-newsletters and follow us on social media to receive more information about in-person, online and transcript versions of information sessions. To sign up for the SCP e-newsletter, join the creative directory, access the online application, follow us on social media and receive other updates, please visit www.SpringfieldCulture.Org.

SPark! Free Library Box

The placement of the Free Library Box will be located at 75 Dwight Street under the overhang in front of the Police Substation next door to Pynchon Plaza. 

All structures must leave a three (3) foot clearance for mobility and adhere to any applicable ADA standards. The Free Library Box should be moveable so that it can be stored during inclement weather or for cleaning purposes. All building and art materials should be consistent with durability in varying outdoor weather conditions.  

The Free Library Box should tie into the themes of literacy and potentially incorporate a Seuss or literacy theme. The Springfield City Library will help populate the free library box with books that move out of the libraries’ circulation for community members to  “take one leave one”.  

Please reference https://littlefreelibrary.org/build/

Budget Maximum = $5,000

See page 17 of the SPark! Call for Art

SPark! Pynchon Park Signs

The Pynchon Plaza signs (quantity of 2) serves as a park identification sign welcoming visitors to Pynchon Plaza. The sign should include brief information about the history of Pynchon Plaza, the City’s Pynchon Plaza 2020 redevelopment and collective artists’/artwork installations. This information can be installed via a plaque, or similar option, after the sign is crafted and the space for the informational display (eg, plaque) should be incorporated into both the design and budget. Language will be provided and approved by the City of Springfield Parks Department, Springfield Museums and Springfield Cultural Partnership. 

 The sign should include a secure (e.g., lockable) display case area for displaying rotating local artist displays (eg, student art) and announcements (at least 24 inches x 18 inches in size). The overall structure should not exceed the dimensions five (5) feet in width x three (3) feet in height x three (3) inches in depth. The City of Springfield Parks Department will oversee the installation process. The structure should be crafted with the ability to be mounted/secured in the flower beds indicated below. All materials should be integrated into Pynchon Plaza’s aesthetic and be able to withstand all weather conditions. Installation of the signage will be coordinated with the Springfield Parks’ Department. 

One sign will be located at the Pynchon Plaza entrance on Dwight Street (when facing Pynchon Plaza from Dwight Street, on the left side garden bed).  The second sign shall  be located at the entrance to Pynchon Plaza on Chestnut Street closest to the elevator pathway (when facing Pynchon Plaza from Chestnut Street, on the left side garden bed). 

Consideration: Possible use of vocational school students from STCC or Putnam, etc. Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.

Budget Maximum = $10,000

See page 19 of the SPark! Call for Art 

SPark! Utility Art

Drain covers located throughout Pynchon Plaza will be used for small murals and artful design. There are 6 flat drain covers and 4 domed drain covers. The theme of literacy, Springfield icons, directional art leading toward the Springfield Museums, Springfield Main Library and Main Street’s Springfield Central Cultural District should be considerations. Dr.Seuss themed art is preferred to connect Pynchon Plaza to the Springfield Museums. 

Utility Art will be changed/rotated on an annual or bi-annual basis as needed or required due to use “wear and tear”. This call for art is for the initial installation. A new call for art will be released and opened to the public for any rotating art.  

Artists should reference the Bloomberg Asphalt Art Guide for appropriate materials suggestions and usage. https://asphaltart.bloomberg.org/guide/ 

Budget Maximum = $3,000

See page 23 of the SPark! Call for Art  

SPark! Art Installation on Fencing

An artistic installation will be installed on the face of the fence covering the utilities boxes. The artwork (mural, mosaic, fiber, etc) will be framed in teak or similar material by the CIty of Springfield Parks Department and bolted to the front face of the fence. The project partners have the discretion to rotate these installations on a quarterly, annual or other schedule based on budget, number of submissions, events and other criteria. The size of the art should not exceed the existing fence surface area (of the front face of the fence) and must fit within the fence is between the elevator and Police Substation on the Dwight Street entrance.

Budget Maximum = $5,000

See page 25 of the SPark! Call for Art 

SPark! Mosaic Design & Installation

Primary Location: Residential Property wall across Pynchon Plaza from and directly facing the Police Substation. The wall surface is approximately seventeen (17) feet tall x eleven (11) feet wide. 

Optional Location: The optional second mosaic location is a one (1) panel installation on a flat surface and can be up to five (5) feet tall and three (3) feet wide. The location is next to the elevator’s bottom level at the Dwight Street entrance. Panels will be framed and installed by the City of Springfield Parks Department by bolting to the concrete wall. It will NOT be installed directly to the concrete surface and thus should be constructed on a hardy backer board or similar water resistant material so that it can be framed and mounted to the concrete surface. This mosaic will be framed in teak or similar material by the City of Springfield Parks Department and bolted to the concrete surface. Standing structures and 3-dimensional art must be capable of being mounted via bolts to concrete ground/pedestal by the City of Springfield Parks Department.

One proposal should be submitted for both locations.

Budget Maximum = $10,000

See page 27 of the SPark! Call for Art

Mosiac examples

SPark! 3D Pedestal Art/Sculpture

There are four (4) pedestals that are open for 3D art installations. All installations must be crafted so that they are able to be bolted to the concrete. Standing structures and 3-dimensional art must be capable of being mounted via bolts to concrete ground/pedestal by the City of Springfield.

Size = Three of the pedestals are seventy-one (71) inches in diameter and one of the pedestals is forty-seven (47) inches in diameter. 

All materials should be resistant to varying weather conditions. Consideration should also be given to using material that does not conduct heat during hot summer months that could result in safety/touch considerations.

This call is open to artistic interpretation. Art can be sculpture, mosaic, solar lighting, sound sculpture, or other mediums of visual art. Artists are encouraged to consider the theme of Springfield icons, both past and present, who have contributed to the humanities, culture and history of Springfield.

Budget Maximum = $25,000

See page 29 of the SPark! Call for Art 

SPark! Sound Sculpture

Sound sculpture examples can be found outside of the Springfield Museum’s Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and at https://acousticarts.org.uk/

Sound sculpture should be able to be secured to concrete flooring. It should not exceed three (3) feet wide in diameter x five (5) feet tall. Desirable locations are at the edges of flower beds within Pynchon Plaza. All sound sculpture should take into account accessibility and safety of users. Possible locations pictured. This RFP is open to location suggestions. The City of Springfield Parks Department, Springfield Museums and Springfield Cultural Partnership will work with the artists’ concept to determine final size and placement. 

Budget Maximum = $15,000

See page 31 of the SPark! Call for Art

SPark! Seating Art – Artful Seating Project Description

Artistic seating design will be placed between the Police Substation located at 75 Dwight Street and Pynchon Plaza. All installations must adhere to ADA regulations and offer minimum three (3) feet clearance for movement around the seating. The seating should be moveable. All materials should be resistant to four seasons of weather. Playful and artful designs that act as a community gathering space are encouraged. 

The artful seating application requires two (2) additional forms. The Debarment form and Tax Certification Form is for informational purposes. The forms will also be sent to interested Artful Seating applicants upon receipt of their request for an application. 

Budget Maximum = $20,000

See page 21 and Appendix C of the SPark! Call for Art

Thank you to our funders!

Support for SPark! Igniting Our Community has been generously provided by: National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant & City of Springfield Community Development Block Grant!

Project Partners:

Springfield MuseumsSpringfield Cultural Partnership and City of Springfield Department of Parks & Recreation