City of Parramatta

Three Bridges of Homebush Bay - Integrated Public Art Commissions (3)

Expression of Interest for an Integrated Public Artwork on each of three new bridges in the Homebush Bay Area area.

Expression of Interest

Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Dec 13, 2023




Public Art

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) – Three Bridges of Homebush Bay Integrated Public Art Commissions

The Three Bridges of Homebush Bay project has identified the need for Integrated Public Art on each of three (3) new bridges in the Homebush Bay area. Each integrated design will form part of the engineering and construction of the bridge, and have a lifespan of 100 years. In response to the curatorial theme of Passages, each bridge design will consider place, bridge design, functional and performance requirements, urban design, and the amenity and enjoyment of the community. This approach ensures that the design for each bridge has a site-specific response, aligns with the curatorial vision and bridge design, and supports the City’s long term cultural goals. Passages, invites artists to explore ideas of regeneration and reinvention as people’s lived experience evolves over time. Bridges create opportunities for connection. Physically they connect people, goods, and services between otherwise impassable waters. Socially, they can mediate the communication of different ideas and points of view. Artists are invited to explore what it means to inhabit this point of connection. Each of the ‘through truss’ bridge designs are unique in their functional design and performance specification. Each Integrated Public Art commission will be developed in consultation with cultural, architectural, engineering, landscape and fabrication teams to successfully realise each artwork. This Artist’s Brief includes benchmark projects that demonstrate comparable themes, materiality, budget, and fabrication methodologies. The project overview will include the scope of works, materiality, design life, safety in design, maintenance, and the artist commissioning process. It is imperative that the design be considered within the concept and design development stages of the bridge construction project and involve coordination with Council, the bridge designers BECA, engineers, and Principal Construction Contractor. The budget for each bridge commission is inclusive of all artist fees, design development, detailed design, fabrication and installation advisory, and operational and maintenance instruction. Council will contract the artist for the design only with the Principal Construction Contractor responsible for delivery.

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Image Credits:

  1. Twist Bridge, West 8 Architects, 2009, Vlaardingse Vaart, Netherlands. Photos © Jeroen Musch
  2. Grand Avenue Park Bridge, LMN Architects, Everett, WA, 2021. Photos © Adam Hunter/LMN Architects
  3. Schantz Avenue Bridge, Vicki Scurri, Kettering, OH, 2017-2021. Photos © Vicki Scurri Siteworks
  4. High Trestle Trail bridge, RDG Planning and Design, 2011. Photos © RDG Planning and Design
  5. Carolyn Law, Sky to Earth, 2009-2010, Portland, Oregon. Photos © Carolyn Law