RFP: Central Square Art Park Wall

Request for Proposal

The AAC is seeking proposals from artists interested in creating a signature 3-dimensional mural on a very visible wall in the heart of Downtown Auburn. The wall is in the Central Square Art Park, on the side of the Chamber of Commerce and Placer County Welcome Center building.

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to the many artists who proposed wonderful ideas for the wall. The AAC will review the submissions and determine next steps.



The Auburn Arts Commission (AAC) is dedicated to fostering and supporting visual and performing arts in Auburn. At the corner of High and Lewis Streets in the center of Downtown Auburn there is a small park with a large wall where we wish to install a unique, large scale, signature piece of original art work.

Artist Eligibility

Any artist or team of artists interested in creating a mural with 3D elements, to be completed in spring 2018, may submit a proposal in accordance with the Application Requirements provided below.


  • Create a 3D piece of original public art for an outdoor environment, incorporating repurposed, recycled or discarded materials.
  • Engage the community through educational programming facilitated by AAC that may include volunteer participation, meet‐the‐artist opportunities, workshops, demonstrations, etc.
  • Select a dedicated and qualified artist or artist team who can demonstrate artistic excellence while completing this project on time and within budget.


The space designated for this mural is the wall facing Lewis Street at its intersection with High Street in Downtown Auburn, California. Images of the location and dimensions of the wall are on page two of this RFP. The wall surface is irregular, consisting of concrete and blocks.

Application Requirements

  • A narrative and design illustrating the concept of the proposal is required for each submission. Provide all information regarding the proposed art work such as dimensions, material(s) to be used, source of materials, method to be used to anchor the piece to the wall (if applicable), timeline for completion, budget, projected maintenance needs, etc.
  • All proposal components must be in digital format. The online form will soon be available here.
  • There is no submission fee and artists/artist teams may submit more than one application.
  • The project budget is not to exceed $15,000 for an artist or team of collaborative artists. The budget shall include the artist(s) fee, supplies, travel‐related expenses, and all other associated costs.
  • Images of previously completed works are required, accompanied by information regarding dimensions, materials, budget and location of other public works. Contact information for references is encouraged.
  • The submission deadline is January 12, 2018.
  • Questions may be submitted to: AuburnCaArt@gmail.com


Artists will retain the ownership of design ideas submitted with this application. Upon signing of a contract between the artist(s) and the City of Auburn, the ownership of the design and the artwork produced for this public art mural project will become the property of the City of Auburn.

Proposals will be reviewed by a group of jurors. The City of Auburn is not obligated to award a contract from among the proposals received in response to this RFP. Compensation, insurance and all other issues associated with the completion of the mural will be included in the contract between the artist(s) and the City. A suitable Artist Maintenance Plan must be submitted. A sample maintenance plan is included in the downloadable RFP Document

Site Specifications and Information

Mural to be completed on the pictured wall facing Lewis Street at the corner of High Street in Auburn, California. The full wall is approximately 40 feet wide by 20 feet tall.

Art Park Wall

In the photo below, the subject wall is on the left. The existing “Water Leak” sculpture will be removed. A mosaic “river” extends from a landscaped basin at the base of the wall to High Street near the corner with Lewis Street.

Art Park Wall in Context