Call for Proposals: Viktor Schreckengost's "Time & Space"

Call for Proposals: Viktor Schreckengost's "Time & Space"


Mounted over the new 1956 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) entrance was the “Signs of the Zodiac” sculpture, created by Viktor Schreckengost and entitled Time and Space.

Viktor Schreckengost was a Cleveland artist, teacher, industrial designer and founder of the nation’s first industrial design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1933 Schreckengost was known as the “American DaVinci” and shaped the American culture.

In 1956, Schreckengost was commissioned to design a contemporary piece that would make for an impactful entrance to the new Airport terminal entrance. He created the sculpture, “Time and Space.” Forty years later, terminal renovations took place and the sculptures were removed and stored. 

In 2013, CLE restored the sculptures and now seeks request for proposals from professional museum exhibition vendors to provide design, delivery, installation and maintenance of a permanent exhibit on the arriving flights level at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The Exhibit:  

The exhibit will focus on the artist Viktor Schreckengost and his sculpture “Time & Space.” The sculpture consists of 15 pieces: twelve signs of the Zodiac, the sun, earth and moon and is approximately 56’ long. Each piece has been fully restored and is constructed out of stainless steel rods connected to aluminum planets and a coated gold leaf sun. The pieces weigh anywhere from 20 pounds up to 60 pounds. 

Exhibition Theme

The exhibit project includes consultation, design and all required fabrication/construction and installation throughout the project. The conceptual design should interpret the earlier navigator’s vision as he plots his course through the night skies. The exhibit design, shall include, but is not limited to:

A conceptual exhibit design plan laying out exhibition content, conceptual framework and potential treatments if any. The exhibit design shall include concept drawings, elevations and exhibition floor plan. Exhibit components shall include but are not limited to:

  • Interpretive walls, designed by the Vendor with artwork (including color scheme, font treatment, etc.) provided by Vendor and written content provided by the CLE.
  • Exhibition lighting.
  • Fabrication services, if any and delivery to site.
  • Installation and mounting.

Over ten million travelers and guests are projected to visit CLE in 2020. Vendors are encouraged to be innovative to impress and excite the traveling public. Visitors should be wowed upon entering the checkpoint. The exhibit should make them feel as though they have entered an environment that is completely different from the space they pass through on a daily basis.

Display Site:

The Central Security Checkpoint entrance is located in the terminal on the Arriving Flight/Ticketing Level. It serves as the center of the airport and currently features the Flight Information Display electronic boards. The display area for the sculpture is approximately 43 linear feet by 9’ in the widest area. The surface area is finished, painted drywall. The existing Flight Information Boards and artwork will be removed by CLE. The wall located below the display area has been identified as a didactic panel to be designed by the vendor and written content provided by CLE. 


October 11, 2019 - Announcement of Call for Proposals

November 5, 2019 -  Site Visit/Project Briefing

November 26, 2019 - Deadline for submission of design proposals

December 16, 2019 - Successful vendor notified

February 14, 2020 - Finalize design proposal (design subject to revisions)

March 2, 2020 - Installation

March 31, 2020 - Projected Completion


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