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Center City Connector Project Seeks Public Art for Streetcar Platforms

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Center City Connector Project Seeks Public Art for Streetcar Platforms




The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-specific, permanent artworks for four (4) streetcar platform stations for the future Center City Connector Streetcar. The successful artwork will celebrate a sense of place, promote wayfinding, and create a visual identity for the Center City Connector. The selected artist(s) will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction of the new streetcar line.


The total artwork project budget is estimated to be $250,000. The total project budget is all inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs. Contracting will be implemented in two phases: design and engineering for $38,000 and fabrication and installation for $212,000. Current Washington state sales/use tax rates apply to all artist contracts issued during the project, regardless of where the artist resides (for out-of-state residents, use taxes are deducted from the above stated amounts and remitted directly to the state).


This is a national call open to professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Artists with no prior public art experience are not eligible to apply. 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.


The artist(s) will work with project design consultants, SDOT, community representatives and ARTS to develop permanent public artwork(s) for the Center City Connector. Working closely with the SDOT design team and consultants, the commissioned artist will develop serial or episodic artworks for the streetcar stops. The stations are located at Stewart St. & 2nd/3rd Ave., Pike St. & 1st Ave., Madison St. & 1st Ave., and Pioneer Square. The successful artwork will promote discovery from station to station, and utilize durable and lasting materials. Exact site locations shall be determined through collaboration and coordination with the project team. The selected artist will consider the history, multiple uses, and busy right-of-way along this corridor to design and implement site-responsive artwork(s). Site considerations for the 12’ wide station stops include creating work that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, while coexisting with other objects in the right-of-way, including garbage/recycling containers, ticket machines, ticket readers, trees and landscaping, and the streetcar shelter. Possible artwork directions include inlays of metal, terrazzo, tile, or other durable materials, small sculptural gestures, or creative elements that are integrated into the infrastructure of the station platforms. Artwork may also be integrated in station railings, project poles, or in adjacent city property at the Westlake, Stewart, and Pike Stations.


11p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (Pacific Standard Time).


Applications will be received ONLY through the Call for Entry (CaFE) submission service.  It is free to create an account and free to submit to this call.  Please review all application requirements at the link provided.


Contact Kristen Ramirez,, (206) 615-1095