Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project

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The City of Shoreline, Washington, seeks an experienced U.S.-based artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99). Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line. Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic. Budget: $140,000 total; no fee to apply; finalists receive $1500 and airfare to make formal presentation.

Budget: 
$140,000, inclusive of design, fabrication, installation, travel, and WA sales tax

Deadline: 01/31/2018 11:59 PM Central Time

Eligibility:  Professional artists and or artists’ teams residing in the United States with public art project experience that matches the scope of the project, who have successfully managed and completed at least one publicly-funded commission on schedule and on budget. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

Project Description
The City of Shoreline seeks an artist or artist team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99), between North 175th Street and North 178th Street, and Aurora Ave North and Midvale Ave North. Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line (1902 – 1940; see map). The site is frequently used by trail riders, dog-walkers, families, and numerous others, with many thousands driving by in cars at maximum speeds of 40 mph. As a work of public art located along a transportation corridor, it should not create a distraction for drivers.

Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic.

The project will involve working with professionals from different backgrounds, including city engineers, public safety officials, and surface water staff. Following an internally driven design review process, the City will also seek outreach meetings with the community with the possibility of crowd-sourcing some content at the artist or artist team’s discretion. The City will maintain the artwork using recommendations from the artist or artist team. Lighting of the artwork should be included in a finalist proposal. Integrity of materials and fabrication should be warranted against defects for one year after installation.

Shoreline is culturally diverse and the City values working with artists of color who can incorporate the community’s cultural and ethnic identities into public art.

Artwork Goals
The primary goal is an artwork that serves as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle.

Artwork Location Description
Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99), between North 175th Street and North 178th Street, and Aurora Ave North and Midvale Ave North. Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line (1902 – 1940; see map). The site is frequently used by trail riders, dog-walkers, families, and numerous others, with many thousands driving by in cars at maximum speeds of 40 mph. As a work of public art located along a transportation corridor, it should not create a distraction for drivers.

Site History
The site includes a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line (1902 – 1940).

Application Requirements

  • Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
  • Work examples: 1 – 10
  • Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum.  Include a Letter of Interest indicating aspects of the project that attract the applicant’s attention, including qualifications based on previous work experience (This is not the same as the “Ideas & Themes Brief”) Please include contact information.
  • Ideas and Themes brief text (2 pages maximum)

How to Submit

Send the above materials via email attachments before January 31, 2018 to artentry@shorelinewa.gov

Selection Process
The City’s Public Art Program, housed in Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services, will coordinate the search through an open call process and work with an Art Review Panel comprised of public art professionals, artists, and community stakeholders to make selections. Up to six (6) finalists will be invited to conduct an in person / Skype interview; up to three of these may be offered up to $1,500 and airfare (along with hotel and other direct cost expenses) to make a formal proposal to the Selection Panel. References will be requested for finalists. A final candidate will be recommended to the Shoreline Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Board who in turn will make a recommendation to the City Council.

The panel may also decide to reopen the Call pending review of the submission after the deadline, proposals, or interviews.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic vision for Shoreline’s project reflecting understanding of city’s history, environmental ethic, cultural diversity, and interest in defining place through public art
  • Sample of previous work with similar scope, site specificity
  • Artist availability (upon finalist selection) to schedule project quickly, begin work promptly, and complete fabrication and installation by target date of Spring 2019
  • Demonstrated and relevant experience with outdoor projects of similar scope and budget

Timeline

  • January 31: Deadline to apply
  • February 2018: Review of applications
  • February – March: Finalist interviews (first round)
  • March – April: Finalist proposals (second round)
  • May: Contract awarded; design review
  • June: Refining proposal with artist
  • July – September: Fabrication, site preparation
  • October – November: Installation
  • December – February 2019: Project completion; public reception

Additional Resources
http://shorelinewa.gov/calls

Contact:
Dave Francis
Parks & Rec, City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N
Shoreline WA 98133 United States
206-801-2661
dfrancis@shorelinewa.gov

 

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