Fire Station 5 Public Art

Description of project opportunity

This public art opportunity is for an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific public art at a new fire station (Fire Station 5) being constructed in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa, CA. The goal of this completed project is to draw positive attention to Fire Station 5 as a new station replacing the one previously located on Newgate Court that was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire and celebrate the resiliency and rebuilding efforts of the Santa Rosa Fire Department and community. There are various exterior locations for public art at the project site. 2D and 3D materials will be considered. The public artwork should consider the proposed landscaping and hardscape, lighting, and viewer’s perspective.


Download the Request for Qualifications HERE.

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5:00 P.M. on September 11, 2023.
    Applications must be received by the City of Santa Rosa no later than 5:00pm on the due date. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: This commission is open to practicing, professional artists residing in the United States. California artists are encouraged to apply.
  • HOW TO APPLY: Go online to Select the icon for ‘Fire Station 5’ and complete the Submittable online form.

Once submitted, a follow-up email will notify the applicant that their application has been successfully received via the email provided in the online form. Please contact Jessica Rasmussen, City of Santa Rosa Arts Specialist at [email protected] or at (707) 543-4674 with any questions or concerns about the submission process.

Project Location:

The project site is a new fire station located at the SE corner of Fountaingrove Parkway and Stagecoach Road in Santa Rosa, CA. The attached diagrams identify 5 possible locations for the public art – both on site locations (3) as well as on building locations (2). The sizes for available areas are: 

  1. East landscape area (+/- 300 SF)
  2. Center landscape area (+/- 170 SF)
  3. East Wall: 11’-0”H x 15’-9”W
  4. “5” Tower Wall: 32’-6”H x 9’-9”W (must include red lighted #5)
  5. Guard Rail fence: +/- 125’L x 3’-6”H
Fire Station 5 concept design street level, five areas highlighted for possible public art placement

Project budget:

The total available funding for the project is $130,000 (all inclusive – design and construction) with the following suggested breakdown:

  • Artist Fee (25%) $32,500
  • Fabrication & Installation (70%) $91,000
  • Contingency (5%) $6,500*

*Any remaining contingency at the completion of the project will revert to the City. 

This amount is inclusive of all costs associated with this public art project including, but not limited to, artist fees, other consultants’ and subcontractors’ fees, insurance, engineering, permits, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation (including any site modification beyond City responsibility), artwork plaque and post installation documentation.