Prospectus #220 Spaceport America
In the early 1990s, the Southwest Space Task Force formed to promote the State of New Mexico as a location to develop and FAA-approved spaceport. The Office for Space Commercialization was established by the New Mexico legislature in 1994, and in June of that year the parcel of state land that would eventually become the site of Spaceport America was identified.
Legislation for the State of New Mexico to finance the spaceport passed in 2005, and initial launch operations began in 2006. Spaceport America is expected to complete its $209 million construction in 2013.
The Local Selection Committee at New Mexico Spaceport Authority seek an experienced public artist to participate as part of the design team for the public art project at Spaceport America. In collaboration with the design team, the selected artist will create integrated artwork for the Spaceport America Visitor Center, known as Spaceport Central, and/or the surrounding landscape.
Spaceport Central will be a 17,000 + square-foot facility where guests will receive an immersive and entertaining learning experience about the next generation of spaceflight in a hands-on, dynamic environment, full of authentic opportunities to participate, learn and discover.
The deadline for submission of qualifications for this project was 11:59 P.M. (MDT), Thursday, October 4, 2012.