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Tamarac Bench Design
Applications Closed.
127 Artists & Designers Applied 


Existing Benches in Tamarac
Call to Artists and Designers.  (Applications Closed)
Artwork Scope:

The Tamarac Public Art Committee is seeking to commission an artist, designer or team to create an unique standard design for both a covered and uncovered public bench.  The design must be durable for the humid Florida climate, hurricane resistant, low maintenance and affordable.  The benches will be placed in parks and public places throughout the City of Tamarac and should help to create a unique sense of place.   Existing benches (examples on website) will gradually be replaced by the new public benches. Up to ten covered benches may be installed in the new Mainland Park in early of 2014.  


The artist will work with the city to develop a detailed design for a covered bench and a open bench.  Once the designs are approved, the artist will produce a set of fabrication drawings and specifications suitable for manufacture and bidding. The final design will include details for attachment to a concrete slab such that the combination of concrete slab and bench can be certified by a Florida engineer as hurricane resistant as per the South Florida Building Code.  


A future contract may be awarded to the selected artist for the production and delivery of the benches, but the fabrication drawings and specifications must be suitable for manufacture by others.  


Recommended materials for south Florida are aluminium with powder coating, stainless steel, recycled plastic, concrete and cast stone. Bronze and ceramic tiles could be utilized for smaller decorative elements.  Renewable and insect resistant woods such as cypress must be replaceable by City staff at a modest cost in the future.

Art Project Budget:

The total artist fee established for the Tamarac Public Bench Design Call to Artists design project is $20,000. The budget includes all costs: i.e. research, community meetings, agency coordination, design drawings and/or model, fabrication documents and specifications, hand-made positive for casting if necessary, supervision of fabrication, photography, proposals, travel, sales tax, and transportation.  A future contract up to a value of $60,000 may be awarded to the selected artist for fabrication, delivery and installation the benches.


Artist Eligibility:

The Tamarac Bench Design Call to Artists is open to all North American professional artists, designers and teams with experience in implementing projects and working in the public arena with public agencies. Artist must be able to effectively work within the project timeline and collaborate with the engineers, general contractors, multiple governmental agencies, community groups, City staff, fabricators and the Public Art Committee whenever it is required.   Producers and manufacturers of commercial benches are not eligible, but may team with an artist or designer.

Anticipated Art Project Schedule:

Deadline for Submittals*: 12 Midnight MST, Tuesday , July 9, 2013 


Shortlisting or Selection: July 16, 2013

Notification:  July 20, 2013

Interviews if Required: July 30, 2013

Notice of Award**: August 2, 2013

Submittal of Completed Design:  October 15, 2013

Submittal of Fabrication Documents and Specifications:  December 11, 2013

Installation of Benches:  Summer, 2014

*Incomplete project submissions will not be reviewed.

**The committee reserves the right to not award the commission if the submissions are deemed unsatisfactory.

Artist Services and Contract:

The following services will be required of the artist:
Development of a concept and a design for a covered and open public bench. 
Preparation of drawings and specifications sufficient for fabrication by others.
Creation of hand-made positive for casting if required by approved design.
Supervision of fabrication.
Modifications as needed during design phase, fabrication drawings and fabrication process.
Completion of the project on time and within the budget.
Community Interaction. Typically a lecture on the artist’s work.

Highlights from the following will be required in the contract:

Hold the City of Tamarac Harmless
Liability and other insurance.
Grant rights to the City of Tamarac to fabricate without royalties or restrictions the benches for its own use and a prohibition against reuse of the design by the artist unless agreed in writing by the City.

Application and Selection Process:

The Tamarac Public Art Committee manages the application process and will appoint a committee of arts professionals, community representatives and City staff to review the submissions. The panel will review all submitted materials and may invite a shortlist of artists to make a presentation to the panel before awarding the contract.  If a presentation is required, the City will pay up to $1,000 in travel, lodging and per diem expenses.

Application Requirements:

All application must be made through the CaFE online application system on Westaf.com. The application is FREE.  No Charge.  www.callforentry.org

After login, click on "Apply to Calls" and find "Tamarac Bench Design". 


Deadline: 11:59 PM, MST, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 


1. Artist Statement: A maximum 2000 character text should state your interest in the project, team members, outline your approach to public art and highlight relevant past experience.  Paste into text box at CaFE application. 


2. Resume(s):  Uploaded in pdf format of the artist, designer or team


3. Image Files: Submit up to 15 images of relevant and recent past work.  


Optional Image Information:  If you feel that the automatic information provided by CaFE is not sufficient, you may upload additional text about your past projects.


Questions about Project (Email only)  No phone calls please.
Contact: Jennifer K. Bramley or Glenn Weiss 
Email:  publicart@tamarac.org or tamarac@glennweiss.com


The Community: Tamarac, Florida

Tamarac is a unique city that has been built through a strong and dedicated community spirit, good land use planning and prudent management of municipal resources. Since its incorporation in 1963, Tamarac has prospered and grown into a full service city. Tamarac is 12 square miles located in Central Broward County. The approximate population of the City is 59,159. The City of Tamarac constantly strives to meet the needs and improve the health, welfare and safety of its residents. Tamarac prides itself on being a government that is responsive to its residents and is “Committed to Excellence….Always.”

See images of Tamarac and its people on Flickr.  Click Here



1.  What is the target cost of each bench we should aim for?  The City of Tamarac does not have a precise number but we need to be somewhere between $400 and $3,500.  


2.  The RFQ  states that up to ten covered benches may be installed. With that being said, is there a specific number of uncovered benches that will also be needed?  The covered benches are needed to a new park.  We have not determined the number of open benches.  


3.  Can an artist team with another artist? Yes.  


4.  Should an artist submit a bench design or only past work?  The artists or designer will be evaluated based on past work, not a design for the Tamarac bench.


5.  The Call for Artists states that the artist will be evaluated based on references.  Should references be submitted?  Not at the time.  References will be requested from the finalists or the recommended artist/designer.  

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