RFQ: Thornes Marketplace Mural- Northampton, MA

  • Commissioning Entity

    Northampton Arts Council

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  • Location of Commission

    Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

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  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Brian Foote

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    The Arts and Culture Department of Northampton is assembling a pool of artists interested in creating a large-scale, painted decorative mural important to the growth and culture of Northampton, Massachusetts. The mural is anticipated to be executed in October 2022. For the mural, three artists from the pool will be selected by the mural’s community stakeholder group to create design proposals; one of the proposals will be commissioned. This is a non-juried pool: the community stakeholder committee convened for the mural will review everyone whose work is in the pool and will select three artists to be compensated to create design proposals for the mural. Artists may submit information to the pool at any time from June 15, 2022, to July 15, 2022. Submitting your information does not guarantee consideration for a commission. Artists who have submitted their information will be contacted if a match is made between the artist’s skill and the particulars of the mural. Artists are encouraged to keep their information updated and will be contacted periodically to provide new images and updated experience information.
    Budget Description An artist fee of $20,000 for the mural includes compensation for artists’ design work, mural execution, and liability insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000 naming the City of Northampton and Thornes Marketplace,) installation, smog armor paint, other paint supplies, travel, lodging, and meals. $1500.00 - Design Fee for three finalists ($500 per artist) $7500.00 - Lift Rental Fee
    Project Description The wall to be painted measures approximately 49’ wide by 50’ high and includes 16 windows. An architectural plan for the wall is attached as are recent photos. The mural will begin at the awning’s roofline and continue to the top of the building’s parapet. The two existing signs on the wall will be removed prior to the mural’s installation. We require the winning artist to use Smog Armor paint and primer products on 50% of the final work. (Smog Armor is lab tested and proven to reduce air pollution by up to 95.1% in 1 hour. Smog Armor Breathe is a non-toxic, zero-VOC, water-based paint, infused with our enhanced mineral, which attracts and neutralizes harmful air pollutants, including VOCs/airborne chemicals as well as carbon dioxide.)We require at least two coats of paint applied for the mural to have the longevity of at least five years.
    Artwork Goals To create a decorative, large format design that is visually captivating, and will promote goodwill and tourism. All styles of art will be considered. The design should not be a Northampton-centric one, meaning it should not represent the history of the city and its surroundings in a literal fashion.
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