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The San Pedro Waterfront Arts District (Arts District) is seeking artists to design and custom paint eight City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation utility boxes on our Gaffey Great Street, the gateway to San Pedro. The mission of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District is to promote San Pedro’s authentic character through advocacy, marketing and education activities.

Theme San Pedro’s Past, Present and Future Cultural Assets. We are looking for graphically bold and arresting artwork to capture the attention of the 60,000 car trips traversing Gaffey Street daily. We want to highlight San Pedro’s diverse history and the generations of immigrants who built San Pedro, while looking to the cultural future of our changing town.

Specifications – public art can encourage community pride and beautify the neighborhood. Submitted renderings must be suitable for viewing by all ages and will be reviewed by the Arts District Design Advisory Panel, the Department of Transportation and the CD15 Office.

  • Artwork included on the application must closely resemble the art to be painted on the DOT Box.
  • The DOT must always have access to the components of the box. Locks and control panels on the box must remain free of any art images. The vents must not be covered, and dark colors are discouraged to prevent box overheating.
  • Each box will carry a sticker with a QR code, directing viewers to the Arts District web site.
  • Images of selected art work will be used in Arts District publicity and attributed to the artists whenever possible.
  • Submitted imagery must not contain copyrighted or trademarked image or logo; a brand or business name; plagiarized, stolen or copied from another source.

Submission and Selection – interested artists must submit their qualifications and a proposed rendering of the DOT box (in a PDF format) and must include the following:

  • Artist Statement – brief descriptions of your work as an artist; your qualifications (resume and/or website) and experience with public art programs.
  • Rendering – a color rendering of your proposed design in a PDF format.
  1. all submissions to be pdf file types with a maximum file size of 25 MB (no photoshop file types)
  2. prefer page, legal or ledger size page sizes, with a maximum file size of 17" x 11"
  3. the proposal image(s) for the current project should be clearly labeled "proposal" in the file name
  4. the file names should be started with the name of the artist; for example, Picasso_proposal1.pdf; Picasso_portfolio4.pdf
  • References – name, address, email and phone numbers for three professional references. Please include images of past projects in a PDF format.
  • Contact Information - name, address, email and phone number

Send completed submissions in a PDF format to:

Artist Stipend - $800 per box, via invoice, paid in two increments and includes artist materials and supplies. The Arts District will have the boxes cleaned, prepped and apply graffiti coating, once artwork is completed.

Selected artists will be expected to begin work in July of 2018 and be completed by August 2108

Application Deadline – 5:00pm, Monday, June 4th, 2018. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

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