San Francisco

6th & Market Development Seeks Professional Artist(s) For Public Installation

With the environmental review process underway for the proposed 13-story residential development at 1028 Market St.—where The Hall currently stands—developers Tidewater Capital and War Horse have released a request for qualifications, seeking professional artists interested in creating a public art installation for the building and surrounding community.

Per Section 149 of the SF Planning Code, development projects within the Downtown Plan area must put one percent of their construction costs toward the "creation, commission or purchase of art" displayed on-site. The budget for the commissioned piece at 1028 Market St. is $500,000, including artist fees and expenses.

Here's the developers' vision statement for the work, which they say could be located on or inside the building:

"How can we create art that does not shy away from the complexities of the neighborhood, that contributes to an evolving conversation to reflect change over time; is representative of stories of the neighborhood, both old and new; is responsive to change; and draws upon San Francisco’s strong ecosystem, including government, business, arts community, and local nonprofits, to enhance our neighborhood?"

Applicants must be professional, practicing artists or teams of artists who are unaffiliated with the developers' architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

The deadline for responding to the RFQ is March 25th, 2016. About five qualified applicants, selected by a committee, will receive an invite in late April to develop their proposals. The public will then have the chance to vote on their submissions this summer, "which will weigh heavily into the final decision made by the selection committee."


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