Public Art

Call for Proposals: Light rail station mural/public art opportunity in Denver (Colorado)

Request for Proposals
Location: Cherokee and Alaska Ave. - Alameda Station

The BMP Metropolitan District No. 1 in collaboration with RedLine is seeking proposals for a public mural for the west facing wall of the Xcel Energy Electrical Substation located across the street from the Alameda light rail station. The location for the mural represents a unique intersection of urban life connecting the Denver Design District, a public transportation hub, and sets the stage for a new transit-oriented development that will redefine this area of the city.  Artists experienced in public murals should apply and consider this an opportunity to create a dynamic piece that speaks to the placement of the mural on the Xcel substation wall and its location adjacent to the RTD light rail station. Design concepts that capture the intersection of innovation, design, transportation, sustainability, and energy as well as speak to the surrounding neighborhood are encouraged.

Specifications of the Site –  

The site of the new mural will have the opportunity to visually welcome and send off light rail passengers utilizing Alameda Station.  The site is also an important front door to the broader redevelopment of the Denver Design District.  The location of the installation in relation to the light rail will allow it to be viewed by the 70,000+ passengers that pass by the station in trains every day.   This is very much a utilitarian public space and the public mural should provide the vibrancy to light rail patrons that signals their arrival or departure from the Denver Design District.

Artists will be required to sign the Artists Agreement and Waiver of Rights and Release as required by Xcel Energy - please email for an example of the Artist Agreement.  Artists will also be required to sign a Commissioning Agreement stating that the installation will be performed at the Artist’s own risk and that the Artists will hold all other parties harmless in the event of injury or damage to person or property as a result of the Artist’s installation activities. For an example of a commissioning agreement, please email

Budget - Submissions should include a detailed description of any exclusions but artists are encouraged to provide an “all in” cost that does not exceed $60,000.  The cost should include artist fees, materials, equipment, install, and any other costs that are expected to be incurred from concept to completion. 

More info and apply here

Utility Box Project

The Sunset & Vine District Public Art Program is seeking artists to create utility box art.

Eligibility: (restrictions not provided)

Budget: Selected artist will receive $2,000 for compensation for final designs submitted as Illustrator files with the correct resolution/specs for the printer for all 10 utility boxes

Deadline: August 18, 2015


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