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Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle

Claudia Fitch, First Hill Streetcar, 2013, Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art Funds


Call for artists:
Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements Art Project

The Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Department of Transportation, seeks an artist/artist team* to join a collaborative design team to unify the Pike-Pine corridor, which is a major east-west connection to Seattle’s central waterfront. The Waterfront Seattle project will create 20 acres of new public spaces, streets, parks and buildings. Pike and Pine Streets will connect the waterfront to the Capitol Hill neighborhood through the downtown retail core. The artist/s will work with the city and its design team to create a unifying identity for these streets and sited artwork that act as gateways and/or gathering space.

*Artist teams will be limited to two (2) members.

Eligibility: This call is open to all professional artists working in the United States and have a record of successfully realizing projects of a similar scale in the public realm or demonstrated ability to potentially do so. Artists may apply in teams of no more than two lead members. The Seattle 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.

Scope of Work: The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements Project design team, including ZGF Architects,LLP,  project stakeholders and community members to design integrated streetscape elements and/or original artwork or series of artworks on Pike and Pine Streets. The artist will help design elements that may be well-integrated into the site, helping to unify the streetscape, and may also be asked to consider gateway elements (if feasible) or other identifiers for the corridor. These latter artworks should be very legible as autonomous artistic interventions at key intersections. Artworks must be durable and low maintenance in this urban environment.

Budget: The selected artist will receive a commission of $300,000.00 (including all Washington State Sales/Use Tax), to design, fabricate, and install the artwork, and includes any travel costs. The commission will be administered in two contracts, approximately $50,000 for design and construction documents, and upon approval of final design and acceptance of construction documents, $250,000 for fabrication, installation and oversight fee.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. Pacific.

Application: Apply on CaFE.

Info: Contact Ruri Yampolsky:; (206) 684-7309


Image: Claudia Fitch, First Hill Streetcar, 2013, Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art Funds