CALL FOR PROPOSALS: City of Toronto "Outside the Box"
The City of Toronto invites local area artists to submit proposals to create works of art on City traffic signal boxes throughout Toronto. There are over 2,200 traffic signal boxes located across Toronto at signalized intersections. These boxes are often covered with posters and are a prime target for graffiti vandalism.
The Outside the Box public art initiative helps to bring diverse and interesting public art to neighbourhoods, reduces the impact of graffiti vandalism and postering, contributes to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape, helps to beautify City infrastructure and streets, and supports local and emerging artists.
Artwork on traffic signal boxes functions as a form of communication to an audience in transit, with the goal of creating a vibrant, inclusive and interesting urban environment. Successful proposals will be innovative in design, foster community pride, counteract graffiti vandalism and contribute to a sense of identity for residents and businesses.
This project is implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division. Since the project launched in 2013, over 185 boxes have been hand-painted by local artists and transformed into works of art.
The artist fee paid will be a $650 honorarium (including HST) for each completed traffic signal box.
APPLICATION & DESIGN CRITERIA:
Artist applicants must reside in the City of Toronto.
Artist applicants cannot be City of Toronto employees.
Use the template provided on the website to propose your design concept(s). Designs must include all visible sides of the traffic signal box, unless where specified by the project team or on the list of box locations.
When designing the artwork, artists are encouraged to think of the context of the area and the city as a whole.
Designs must not contain:
any representations of traffic lights, signs or signals
advertisement or promotion for any business, product or viewpoint
vulgar, profane, offensive, or insensitive images or writing
any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, images of illegal activity or involve the attachment of any object(s) to the box
Consideration should be given to the fact that the finished artwork(s) will be in the public domain and therefore may be vandalized. Although the City will protect the artwork with a vandal resistant clear coat, it cannot guarantee that vandalized traffic signal boxes will be repaired and the artwork restored to its original state. Further, artists should understand that the finished works will be on functioning equipment that will need repair or replacing at some point in time. As such, The City cannot guarantee how long each traffic signal box will be in use. Artists must accept the risk that their artwork may be damaged, altered or removed at any time after completion.
All designs will be subjected to City of Toronto review and approval.
Artist signature and website cannot occupy more than ¼ of the base unit.
Width: 76.2 cm
Height: 121.92 cm
Depth: 43.18 cm
Please note in very few cases the traffic signal box may be slightly shorter than the above height. The artists chosen for these boxes will be notified of the height. For 2017, Outside the Box aims to have 60 traffic signal boxes hand-painted by local artists. Please visit the city of Toronto web page for the 2017 list of traffic signal box sites. There is no guarantee that artists will be given their preferred box location. Please also note that this list of locations, as well as the total number of boxes to be painted, is subject to change.
Artists must specify in their application which of the designated weeks they will be available to paint.
Week 1: June 19 – 23
Week 2: Aug 7 – 11
In some cases, depending on box location, some flexibility may be required and an artist may be requested to paint their box on another date if necessary. A single traffic signal box generally takes two days to complete but is dependent on the intricacy of the design and other variables.
Artists responding to this competition must provide a completed application form, available on the website, and all attachments requested on the application form, by Monday April 24, at 4:30 pm.
Artists may submit no more than 2 design proposals along with a statement for each design. No artist will be selected for more than one traffic signal box.
Do not send any materials not specifically requested if sent, they will not be reviewed by the jury. Submissions will not be returned.
PLEASE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO firstname.lastname@example.org or
MAIL HARD-COPY SUBMISSIONS TO:
Program Manager, Outside the Box
City Hall, East Tower, 23rd Floor
100 Queen St. West
Toronto, M5H 2N2