Call to Artists: Bike Barometer on the Loop Project 1, Santa Cruz River
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Call to Artists: Bike Barometer on the Loop Project 1, Santa Cruz River

Budget for Artwork: $130,000

Application Deadline: November 20, 2017


Project Description: This Call to Artists is specifically for Bike Barometer on the Loop Project 1.

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona in collaboration with the Pima County Region Wastewater Reclamation Department are seeking an artist or artist team to create design/fabricate/install art work that encompasses bike barometer equipment into art work along the Loop. It is preferred for the design to provide shade for the equipment in some fashion without impeding the functionality. Artists that wish to be considered for both project 1 and 2 must apply to both calls separately. Budget reflects design, fabrication and installation.



Pima County is developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson. Pima County residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses can enjoy the more than 100 miles of shared-use paths that have already been completed. The Loop is open from sunrise to sunset. If it doesn’t have a motor, it’s good to go on The Loop.

With the completion of the first 100 miles of the Loop people are flocking to utilize this amenity. To better track the bikers verses walkers/runners, the barometer will be installed on the Santa Cruz River segment in conjunction with this art project.

Pima County Region Wastewater Reclamation Departments had previous projects completed in these areas. As part of those projects a one-percent art budget has been allocated for Public Art.


Opportunities for Art

The Bike Barometer on the Loop Project 1, opportunity is for the design, fabrication, and installation of art at the Santa Cruz River segment located just south of Speedway on the west bank of the river.


Art Budget

The art budget of $130,000 must cover all costs related to design, materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, as well as costs for permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by Pima County. This may include soil analysis, engineering, and footer for the art pieces.


Project Stats


Barometer Specifications


Example of Art Pieces that could inspire how to encapsulate counter equipment: “Joining Hands by Chris Tanz


Public Interface and Expectations

The selected artist will work with the Project Manager, the Project Architect, the Project Design Team, and the Public Art Manager. The artist must meet with the Project Panel organized by The Arts Foundation for review, comment, and approval of the design before entering into production of the artwork. The artist is also required to attend up to two public/open house meetings.


Selection Process

A panel composed of members of the Project Design team, artists, arts professional, and community members will select up to three finalists from the applicants to the open competitive call. Presentations by finalists are tentatively scheduled for late November 2017. If preliminary designs are required by the panel, each finalist will receive a $100 honorarium for a preliminary design specifically for the project. Finalists that do not present a preliminary design will not be awarded the honorarium. Travel expenses will not be covered.

Time frame

Please note: Public Art project schedules follow the schedule of the larger improvement. This schedule presented below is tentative and most likely to be modified.

Call to artist posted: October 20, 2017

Application Deadline: November 20, 2017

1st Art Panel Meeting (Selecting three finalists): November 28, 2017

2nd Art Panel Meeting (Finalists Interviews): Mid-December 2017

Approval/Contract Process: January 2018

Art Production – Installation: July 2018

Click here to apply:

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta at or by phone at (520)351-9864.

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