Spark!

SPark!

Igniting Our Community
Public Art in Pynchon Plaza

SPark! Calls for Art

  • Pynchon Plaza Overview
  • Public Art Projects: Call for Art / Request for Proposals:
  • 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 4 – 7 mosaic panels in 2 areas
  • 3D Pedestal Art / Sculpture (quantity of 4)
  • Sound Sculpture – (quantity not specified)

Project Partners:

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

Sponsored by: 

National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant

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 in a newly restored park that serves to connect our city, residents and visitors.
  • A two-year public art project that will transform recently reopened Pynchon Park into a vibrant public space 
    • Innovative multi-media art installations. 
    • Collective process to imagine, select, and commission public art that celebrates Springfield’s citizens, culture and heritage. 
    • The park, closed for forty years, will use the arts to connect neighborhoods and people, creating equitable partnerships that demonstrate the power of civic engagement for more vibrant and livability communities.

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. Inquiries for assistance with potential collaborations may be made to the RFP Committee by emailing Art@SpringfieldCulture.Org
  • Artists of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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. 
  • The Skyview Downtown parking garage mural on Dwight Street will be wrapped around to face Pynchon Plaza (over the Police Substation) in Spring 2021. 
  • All artwork must be designed so that it is moveable with the potential to rotate after the 1 year minimum display period.
  • Selected art will be displayed for a minimum of 1 – 2 years. 
  • 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! 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 on leave one”.   https://littlefreelibrary.org/build/  Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.

    Total Estimated Budget: $4,000

    SPark! Public Art Display

    The Pynchon Plaza sign 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. 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.

    Total Estimated Budget: $10,000

    SPark! Seating Art

    1 artist selected from RFP process. 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. Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.
    Total Estimated Budget: $20,000

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

    Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.

    Total Estimated Budget: $8,000

    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. Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.

    Total Estimated Budget: $5,000

    SPark! Mosaic Design & Installation

    Mosaics will be framed in teak or similar material by the CIty of Springfield Parks Department and bolted to concrete surfaces. 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. Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.

    The first mosaic location is a minimum  three (3) panels and maximum of  six (6) panels  installation on a semi curved surface. No one panel can be larger than three (3) feet wide x five (5) feet tall. The second mosaic location is a one (1) panel installation on a flat surface. 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. 

    Total Estimated Budget: $10,000

    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. 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. Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.
    Estimated Budget: $30,000

    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. Please see the Call for Art for additional details on location and structural requirements.
    Estimated Budget: $15,000