REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Houston Arts Alliance:
Conservation Services for Works of Art in the City of Houston Art Collection,
Centennial Gardens Sculptures
Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018,
11:59 PM (CST)
Budget: To be determined
Location: Houston, TX
Conservators in the Houston Area
Through a contract with the City
of Houston General Services Department (GSD), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is
charged with contracting conservators to care for works of art in the City of
Houston Art Collection. Professional conservators are invited to submit a
comprehensive proposal for routine (annual, biannual, etc.) conservation services
for all 18 artworks located in Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens.
These works were most recently restored in 2013-2014 when they were moved and
conserved concurrent with the creation of Centennial Gardens. Any subsequent
conservation performed on select works is noted below.
Busts on the Hawkins Sculpture
*Pilar Cortella de Rubin,
"Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca," 1986, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/130/
*Julian Martinez, "Benito
Juarez," 1985, Bronze on granite pedestal.
*Famae / Arcomet, "Bernardo
O'Higgins," 1992, Bronze on granite pedestal.
*Lena Toritch, "Dr. Jose P.
Rizal," 2006, Bronze on granite pedestal.
*Unknown, "Field Marshall
Ramon Castilla Y Marquesado," 1991, Bronze on granite pedestal.
*Pedro Buigues, "Jose de San
Martin," 1983, Bronze on granite pedestal.
*Tony Lopez, "Jose
Marti," 1981, Bronze on granite pedestal.
*F. Vagra, "Robert
Burns," 2002, Bronze on granite base. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/129/
*C. Talacca, "Simon
Bolivar," 1977, Bronze on granite base.
*Qual Amadeus Qualacio Collmann,
"Vincente Roca Fuerte," c. 2004, Bronze on granite base.
All Other Centennial Gardens Artworks
"Dawn," Early 20th century, Bronze on brick pedestal.
*Willy Wang, "Great
Confucius," 2009, Bronze. *Cleaned October 2017; hairpin bend corrected in
October 2017 and February 2018.
*Unknown, "Japanese Stone
Lantern," c. 1982, Granite. *The top tip of the lantern was reattached
with a pin and epoxy in October 2016. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/japanesestonelantern.html
*John Warrington Wood,
"Lillian Schnitzer Fountain Statue," 1875, Marble on concrete base.
*Cleaned after being vandalized with paint in August-September 2016.
*Ed Dwight, "Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Monument," 2007, Bronze on granite-cladded base.
*Ram V. Sutar, "Mahatma
Gandhi," 2003, Bronze on granite base.
Spike," c. 1982, Marble.
"Wilkenfeld Bench," 1995, Granite. *Reattached sections of the
benches stone with epoxy in October 2016 and January 2018. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/wilkenfeldbench.html
All works are in McGovern
Centennial Gardens, located at 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004. The
entrance to the Hawkins Sculpture Walk is at the corner of Caroline and Hermann
The budget for the conservation
of these collection artworks will be determined by the proposed cost. The
contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to,
conservators fees, moving of artwork, permitting, insurance costs for the duration
of the project, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication,
materials, installation, and all required documentation.
3. Evaluation Criteria
*Quality of Past Work:
Conservators are of the highest caliber as demonstrated by examples of past work.
Past work demonstrates the skills needed to conserve works in multiple
successfully address the overall goals of the project to return each artwork to
abilities: Applicants demonstrate that they have the necessary capability to
accomplish all technical and material aspects of the project.
*Project Management Ability:
Conservators clearly and concretely demonstrate that they have the ability and
the capacity to complete projects on a determined schedule. Conservators
demonstrate their experience with projects of a similar budget size, including
the ability to successfully manage a contract.
*Conservators in the Greater
Houston area are eligible.
*Conservators must meet certain
insurance requirements in order to perform work on the listed artworks, as they
are located on City of Houston property. For a copy of the insurance
requirements, please visit:
5. Application Requirements
*Conservator resume, no more than
*Conservation proposal that
includes conservator contact information, a short condition report for each
artwork, recommended conservation steps, a conservation cost per object, and
overall project cost and timeline. Include other project requirements such as
access to power and water as needed. Should any other features associated with
an artwork’s display—including bases, pedestals, plaques, etc.—require
attention, please include them in your conservation proposal. If conservation
is not immediately required, please include the ideal date to plan for the
*List of successful past
conservation projects, including client name; artwork title, creation date,
location, and media; and the conservation date and total project budget. No
more than two pages
*Contact information for three
professional references, no more than one page.
*A completed W-9 form (This can
be downloaded at www.irs.gov)
All documents should be in at
least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin.
To submit, visit
Alex Irrera, Civic Art + Design
Houston Arts Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019
If you have questions, please
submit them in writing via email no later than Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5:00
PM (CST) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be answered as they are received.