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Request for Proposals Butler Health System Atrium Installation

Butler Health System and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pennsylvania
Deadline: January 15, 2010

Artists from western Pennsylvania are invited to submit proposals for an art installation designed for the Atrium located in the new Patient Tower at Butler Memorial Hospital. The project is open to all artists, working in any media, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

$75,000 all-inclusive. Including but not limited to artist fees, insurance, travel expenses, material costs, and anticipated fabrication and installation costs.

Project Description


In April 2010, Butler Health System, in Butler, Pennsylvania will open a section of their newly constructed Patient Tower. As the art consultants for this project, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is requesting proposals for a commissioned permanent art installation for the atrium that embodies the theme of healing and wellness for this medical and recovery space. The design, construction and installation completion date is April 1, 2010.

The concept behind the design of Butler Health System are inspired by the community of Butler, and the landscape of Western Pennsylvania. To provide a soothing, welcoming and familiar
space for the community, the idea of bringing the outdoors inside is the key design element. Asthe primary entrance to the hospital for patients and visitors, the atrium is the heart of the building. It also acts as a respite, alternative waiting room for families, a space filled with natural
light for patients to visit and a comfortable place for students to have coffee between educational activities in the hospital.

• Create a welcoming environment, soften the technical nature of the building
• Embody the theme of healing and wellness and inspire a hopeful atmosphere
• Honor history and heritage of western Pennsylvania
• Support the surrounding community by commissioning artists from the region

Butler Memorial Hospital is located at 911 E. Brady Street in Butler Pennsylvania. The New Patient Tower is being constructed on the north side of the existing campus. There will be an informational session and opportunity to tour the site on Wednesday, December 9th at 4 pm.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend in order to acquire a better sense of the space, its design opportunities and the original architectural intent. RSVP by December 4 to Confirmation of the exact meeting location will be forthcoming.

The work to be installed permanently in the atrium, must consider lighting. The piece may be lit either internally or externally and must function both during the day and night. The selected artist will have the opportunity to work with lighting designers contracted with BHS to develop a
lighting strategy that works within the design of both the piece and the atrium. Note: The artists are not responsible for the technical aspects of the lighting, but should have a lighting strategy included within their concept statement and budget.

The schedule is contingent upon Butler Health Systems’ project schedule and may be changed at any time.

January 15, 2010 Deadline for response to RFP (by 5:00 p.m.)

Download RFP
Download Visualization Packet

Contact: Jasdeep Khaira, Director of Artist & Member Services, PF/PCA
6300 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232






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