The Call for Submissions has been out for 5 days and questions are rolling in from all over the world. It seems Europe, South America and the West Coast are hitting the ground running from the outset. For the benefit of everyone currently working on a submission, thinking about their submission, or thinking about getting started on a submission, here are the most frequently asked questions during Week 1:
1. Can non-U.S. citizens submit an entry?
Of course! This is a competition open to anyone with an idea. We have distributed the call nationwide (in the U.S.) but certainly are not discriminating where entries originate. The more ideas from more places and points of view the better.
2. How many silos am I designing?
Each submission is for 1 silo (20′x80′ panel), but you can submit as many separate ideas/concepts as you would like.
3. For the three pages of images in the submission packet, is that 3 images of 1 design per entry, or can an entrant send in 3 separate designs.
All three image pages must relate to the single idea for a single panel as described in the explanation paragraph on page two of all submissions. The three image pages are included and left open to give each entrant options in best representing the image/idea.
4. I would like to submit three separate proposals. Should I include all three within one submission packet/PDF, or generate a separate submission packet/PDF for each concept?
You can submit as many concepts as you would like, but each one needs to be represented on its own and submitted separately from the others and as a complete packet/PDF. The jurors will view each entry individually and anonymously and in succession with the explanation paragraph that precedes the images.
5. Should I plan to submit my final image as part of the 3 images requested in the call for submissions, or will there be time to create the work to scale if my proposal is accepted for reproduction?
There will be a 3-4 week period between the selection process and requiring a full DPI image for print from the selected submissions. We will work with the print company to achieve the best possible output on each designed image to convey its content and purpose. That being said, this phase of the process we are looking for concise, creative, and meaningful conceptual entries.
6. Will the elevator be lit at night?
Yes, the silos and the images will be lit by wall mounted fixtures at the base of the structure. We haven’t yet settled on a specific lighting technology, which will determine how many lights, but we will work to ensure the best display.
7. What is the volume of a silo?
Each silo, at its floorplate, is about 500 sq. ft. However, the heights of the individual silos vary – from 90-110 ft. From these numbers you can calculate the storage capacity.
8. What is diameter of a silo?
9. What crops was the elevator used to hold?
Corn and soybeans
10. Are there any high resolution images of the site, sections/elevations/CAD files available?
Since this is a competition for only a temporary skin of an individual silo, with set dimension, there are no additional images being provided. If there are specific dimensions or volumes you need to direct your concept, we are happy to provide those upon your request.