The City of Sacramento is calling all local artists to submit their qualifications to design vinyl wraps for two locations in midtown Sacramento, each with three curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
The work is commissioned by the EVgo Fast Charging company in partnership with the City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts + Culture and Department of Public Works.
“This effort is part of the City’s ambitious initiatives to support EV adoption and become the ‘Zero-Emission Vehicle Capital of California,'” said the City’s Sustainability Program Manager Jennifer Venema. “The projects seeks to ensure that the artwork establishes the charging stations as highly visible to the community and integrated in the neighborhood fabric, promoting EVs as a viable option even for those that might not be able to charge at home.”
This project will commission two selected artists to engage with the City of Sacramento, EVgo, area businesses and residential communities and design a series of wrapped curbside EV charging stations at the two sites in midtown Sacramento (approximately 926 22nd St. and 506 14th St.) Each artist will earn $2400 for their design.
Artists should consider this design challenge in the context of the location, said Donald Gensler, the City’s public art project manager. Designs will need to incorporate all three charging boxes and take into account proximity of the viewer (up close as a pedestrian and farther away, usually driving in a vehicle).
“We are excited about this public-private partnership and to have the opportunity to provide two local artists with public art commissions,” Gensler said. “The chosen artists will have an opportunity to contribute as artist collaborators to ongoing sustainability efforts in the City of Sacramento.”
The artists will be chosen by a panel that will include City staff, a member of the Arts Commission, a curator or arts administrator, an artist, a neighborhood stakeholder and an EVgo representative.
Find a full project description and apply online here by June 8 at midnight. Artists selected for this opportunity must be able to complete their designs no later than August.
Have more questions? Contact Donald Gensler, Project Manager, Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture, Art in Public Places, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-808-8493.
Learn more about the City’s first curbside charging efforts and EV initiatives: www.cityofsacramento.org/ev