Call Detail

City of Seattle: 23rd Avenue Improvements

Entry Deadline: 11/18/13
Application Closed


Media Images: 16

INTRODUCTION The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-specific artwork for the 23rd Avenue sidewalk and roadway improvement project. The selected artist will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction of the new roadway and right-of-way structures. During the design phase, a group of community representatives convened by city of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Department of Planning and Development will inform the process. SCOPE OF WORK The artist will work with project design consultants, SDOT, community representatives and the Office of Arts & Culture to develop permanent public art for the 23rd Avenue improvement project. The desired artistic approach will treat the 23rd Avenue corridor as a unified experience, with areas of focus around the nodes of Union Street, Cherry Street and Jackson Street. Artists should only consider siting artwork between East John Street and South Jackson Street on the corridor. The selected artist should develop the conceptual framework on an investigation of place, including historically relevant narratives of the neighborhood and the people who have lived or created significant impact here, paying attention to the changing and widening demographics of this area of the city, and other shaping factors such as geography, topography and environment. We seek art strategies that transform the right-of-way environment such as integrated artwork in the ground plane and/or vertical streetscape elements that could also act as functional street furniture. Artwork features should be durable and should consider maintenance impacts. Due to the nature of the project and maintenance concerns, painted murals or other paint treatments are not appropriate for this project. The selected artist will be expected to travel to Seattle several times over the course of the project to meet with community stakeholders and project staff and consultants. The selected artist may have the opportunity to identify additional artwork opportunities along the corridor for Phase II and III of the construction project. Design work will begin immediately after artist selection and will coincide with the SDOT design process. BACKGROUND 23rd Avenue is an important multi-modal corridor which links several neighborhood commercial nodes. Corridor improvements on 23rd Avenue will include benefits for all users, including:

  • New pavement
  • Pedestrian improvements
  • Greenway facility to facilitate north-south bicycle travel (likely on 21st or 22nd Avenue South)
  • Increased transit speed and reliability
  • Additional electronic trolley infrastructure
  • New bus stop facilities
  • Traffic signal upgrades
  • Public art

Related community visioning work: In addition to SDOT’s work in the area, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is also engaging in a community outreach process to create a vision and an associated neighborhood action plan for the commercial and cultural centers of the Central District on 23rd Avenue South at East Union Street, South Jackson Street and East Cherry Street. Project Timeline Phase 1-(Scope of this call) East John Street to South Jackson Street: Design - June 2013 to June 2014 Construction – September 2014 through September 2015 Phase 2- South Jackson Street to Rainier Avenue South: Design - June 2013 to September 2015 Construction - December 2015 through December 2016 Phase 3: E Roanoke Street to East John Street Design - June 2013 to September 2015 Construction - December 2015 through December 2016 Other Information

ELIGIBILITY The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Due to the complexity and community engagement expectations, experience working in public process is essential. Artists may apply as a team, but the application should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator. The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well-represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply. BUDGET The total project budget is estimated to be $200,000. The total project budget is all-inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs. Contracting will be completed in two phases: design and engineering for $30,000 and fabrication and installation for $170,000. Current Washington state sales/use tax rates apply to all artist contracts issued during the project, regardless of where the artist resides. As of Sept. 1, 2013, the sales/use tax rate is 9.5 percent. APPLICATION DEADLINE 11 p.m., Monday, November 18, 2013, (Pacific Standard Time) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications must include:

  • Sixteen (16) artwork images.
  • Letter of interest (see application for specific instructions and length)
  • Resume
  • Image Identification List
  • References

SELECTION CRITERIA The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • A documented history of community-engaged practice and artwork that reflects community voice.
  • Demonstrated experience with public art commissions and evidence of completing at least one public art project.
  • Strength of concept, design and craftsmanship of past works.
  • The ability to produce durable outdoor art.
  • A proven ability to collaborate in design teams, with design professionals and with community stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.

SELECTION PROCESS The selection will take place in two parts. During the first round of the selection process, a panel of arts professionals, client representatives and community members will review the applicants’ images, qualifications and other materials. The panelists will identify up to four finalists to interview. The panel will select one artist to be awarded the commission. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail in January 2014. The Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants. WE’RE HERE TO HELP Please contact Laura Becker, art & enhancements project manager, at or (206) 615-1095. For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.