The City of Napa is pleased to announce the opening of Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Roundabout Public Art Project. The RFQ will be released Monday, October 11th, 2021, with a projected submission deadline of Friday, November 12th, 2021. The RFQ will seek qualifications from experienced public artists (or artist teams) who specialize in site specific sculpture for gateway artwork located at the southeast corner of 1st Street (not in the center of the roundabout).
The project was identified by the Public Art Steering Committee and City Council as a high priority under the Gateway category of the Public Art Master Plan. In 2020, the City of Napa completed construction on the three roundabouts located near Hwy 29 at California, 1st Street and 2nd Street, where they identified the location of the gateway artwork as part of the roundabouts planning.
The City aims to accomplish the following primary goals with this public art project:
- Enhance Downtown Napa’s image as a world class destination
- Be iconic and a true gateway piece
- Be site specific and original
- Be viewable as a drive-by experience
This RFQ is part of a multi-phase process and open to professional artists or teams with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of public artwork. Artists must have experience in producing a minimum of two permanent, exterior public artworks similar in scale and complexity to this project. For more information about the RFQ, please visit www.cityofnapa.org/RoundaboutArt or to complete your submission visit CaFÉ at www.callforentry.org/ and search “City of Napa – Roundabout Public Art”.
Public Art Fund
The City of Napa has a dedicated Public Art Fund. This fund was created in conjunction with the City’s Public Art Ordinance that requires commercial developers to dedicate 1% of the project construction costs (over $250,000) to public art on their site or to pay the 1% into the Public Art Fund. This fund is used to support permanent public art throughout the community on city property. The City created a Public Art Master Plan in 2014 to help identify goals and priorities for the Public Art Fund.