M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 12/11/2018 

DATE: 12/11/2018 REFERENCE NO.: **C-28961 LOG NAME: 06FIRE STATION #42 PUBLIC ART PROJECT
CODE: C TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:   Authorize Execution of an Artwork Commission Contract with Shawn Smith in an Amount Up to $71,777.45 for Fabrication, Delivery, Installation, and Contingencies for Artwork at Fire Station No. 42, 450 E. Rendon-Crowley Road (COUNCIL DISTRICT 6)

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council:

1. Authorize the execution of an artwork commission contract with Shawn Smith in an amount up to $71,777.45 for fabrication, delivery, installation, and contingencies for artwork at Fire Station No. 42, located at 450 Rendon-Crowley Road; and

2. Find that the use of the funds for public art for this project complies with the voted purpose of the bonds.

 
DISCUSSION:

Burning Bright, a pixelated panther sculpture measuring nearly 7 feet tall and over 71 feet in length, is to be installed on the exterior screen walls of Fire Station No. 42.  Each of the 813 powder-coated steel pixels making up the sculpture measures 5 inches x 5 inches.  A stainless steel armature holds each pixel at varying distances up to 4 inches from the wall to create a low-relief dimensionality.

Inspired by Fort Worth's nickname Panther City, the pixelated panther is a metaphor for the City and its growth.  Instead of depicting the panther asleep as he is in the famous quote, artist Shaw Smith has chosen to depict him running with speed and purpose as a reflection of the firefighters and their remarkably fast response time.  The tail end of the panther is heavily pixelated and broken into small fragmented pieces that gradually form together into the solid structure of the head of the panther. The artist sees this as a metaphor for the individual small towns in the area growing together to create a single community, moving forward with purpose and strength.

The colors of the panther are abstractions of the colors of the natural panthers found in Texas.  To further reflect the community in the design the sculpture is made up of 31 different colors, each of which is actually taken from areas near Spinks Airport, and around Council District 6.  They also include accents of the gold, blue, and red from the firefighters' shield, and white from their unique fire trucks.

On January 16, 2018, Shawn Smith was placed under a Preliminary Design Agreement (City Secretary Contract No. 50183).  Upon Fort Worth Art Commission (FWAC) approval on June 11, 2018, Shawn Smith entered a Final Design Agreement (City Secretary Contract No. 51083) on August 9, 2018.  Together these contracts totaled $19,272.55.

FWAC Action: On November 12, 2018, the FWAC approved the artist's final design and recommended the artist to be placed under an artwork commission contract.

Funding for the project has been allocated from the 2014 Bond Program, Proposition 4, and the project was included in the Fort Worth Public Art Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Work Plan adopted by City Council on November 6, 2018, as M&C G-19412.

PROJECT BUDGET

AMOUNT

CONTRACT

Preliminary Design (complete)        

$12,533.00

CSC # 50183
Final Design (complete)

$  6,739.55

CSC # 51083
Commission and Contingency

$71,777.45

This M&C

TOTAL

$91,050.00

FUNDING SOURCE

AMOUNT

2014 Bond Program, Proposition 4

$91,050.00

TOTAL

$91,050.00

M/WBE OFFICE - The City's overall M/WBE goal for the Fort Worth Public Art Program is 25 percent of total capital project dollars expended on public art annually.

Council Member Jungus Jordan concurs with the Art Commission's recommendation to commission the fabrication, delivery, and installation of the artwork for Fire Station No. 42.

 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that funds are currently available in the Fire Station 42 Public Art Project. Prior to an expenditure being incurred, the participating department has the responsibility to validate the availability of funds.

NOTE: Department must release old encumbrances to have available funds.

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Jay Chapa (6122)
Originating Department Head:
Randle Harwood (6101)
Additional Information Contact:
Martha Peters (8172983025)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  Revised Smith_MC_attachment_11.12.18_mp.pdf
  Smith_1295_Redacted.pdf