ARCHIVE - Wardrobe volumes
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A PRE-QUALIFYING ROUND:
ARTWORK COMMISSION IN THE PUBLIC FOYER
The Art Committee has designated the public foyer of the New Opera House in Oslo as one of three focus areas for art/design commissions.
The Committee seeks a clearly defined art/design project which holds it's own against the powerful architecture of the Opera House. The project may be described as an artistic intervention in the large, interior volumes of the building, which will articulate and draw attention to one of the most important public spaces in the New Opera House.
The special character of the building and the design of the interior space offer a unique possibility to create an autonomous, yet integrated art project which will be recognized as a characteristic part of the space and architecture.
On behalf of the Art Committee for the New Opera House, The National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings invites Norwegian and international artists to participate in a pre-qualifying round. The commission comprises four free-standing wardrobe volumes in the foyer area. The competition will be organised as a parallel commission. Close collaboration with the architect and other relevant specialists during the competition period will be necessary.
The complexity of the commission demands a high degree of artistic competence. Artists wishing to be considered for the competition must be able to document experience with large, complicated art projects and complex artistic processes. The will to collaborate is an important criterium, as is the ability to tackle technical challenges and restrictions.
Artists wishing to participate are asked to submit a short presentation giving reasons for their interest in the project. The presentation should be maximum 8, A4 pages and should include a CV, documentation/presentation of a selection of previous, relevant art projects and where possible, documentation of experience with technically challenging processes. All the attached information should be in the form of paper photographs or print-outs. No other material will be considered.
Deadline for sending in this material is August 1st 2004.
The material will not be returned.
The competition itself will commence during August 2004. The submission date will be December 2004. Up to four artists will be invited, two may be invited to participate directly. The honorarium for each artist participating in this part of the competition is 20.000 Euros. The materials to be delivered to the competition at this stage will be extensive.
The total budget for the Art commission is NOK 4,2 million. The planned completion period is summer 2007.
The material should be clearly marked
"PROJECT NEW OPERA HOUSE - WARDROBE VOLUMES"
and sent to The National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings, address:
Utsmykkingsfondet for offentlige bygg
P.O.Box 883 Sentrum
During the pre-qualification round, no questions may be addressed to the Art Committee.
All relevant information about the project can be found at www.operutsmykking.no
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1. Placement and design of the wardrobe volumes/central toilet facilities
The four wardrobe volumes/central toilet facilities are situated in the foyer of the Opera building under the lower part of the space. The foyer itself is treated as an homogenous architectural element.
The room comprises four main elements:
- The main room with light homogenous surfaces, which consist of stone and other materials that resemble stone.
- A large, imposing, sculptural wall in wood, which contains public gallery spaces, the entrance to the theatre and other public areas.
- Large surface areas of glass
- The entrance
The wardrobe volumes/central toilet facilities are seen as areas where a greater degree of artistic autonomy may be exercised, although there are technical and constructional constrictions.
The wardrobe volumes/central toilet facilities are constructed in cast concrete. This allows for the mechanical bolting of elements to these walls.
The interior spaces of these volumes/central facilities have been drawn up by the architect.
3. Technical installations
The artist must take into account any integrated technical installations such as ventilation, water, electricity and security equipment.
4. Spatial constrictions
Due to the movement of the public in the wardrobe area, there will be constrictions upon the size of this art commission and the space it takes up.