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City of Redmond Seeks Artist for Overlake Neighborhood Public Art

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City of Redmond Seeks Artist for Overlake Neighborhood Public Art


The City of Redmond, Washington, seeks an artist or artist team (“artist”) to help the City envision an art installation that integrates into the SR 520 Grade Separation at NE 40th Street project.  The artist will deliver site-specific artwork that establishes a legacy of creative use in Redmond’s technology center by collaborating with the engineering design team. Redmond is particularly interested in the development of creative spaces that reflect or celebrate Overlake and the people within it.

The Overlake neighborhood is home to 6,600 residents and is the third largest job center in Puget Sound, employing more than 45,000 people predominantly in technology fields. It is home to Microsoft, Nintendo, many video game makers, Honeywell Aerospace, and more. This proposed project is in the heart of the Microsoft headquarters campus, with the corporate visitor’s center a few hundred feet away. Over the next 15 years, 9,100 new residents and 24,500 new workers are anticipated in this neighborhood.

Budget: $180,000 total for design, collaboration, fabrication and installation.

This call is open to individual artists or artists groups residing in the United States. Because the artist is expected to work with the Design Team, the artist selection panel will consider the proximity of the artist’s studio to the project site and the availability of the artist to be present at Design Team meetings.


  • Submission deadline: August 15, 2016
  • Finalists announcement: August 22, 2016
  • Finalist interviews: August 31, 2016
  • Selection announcement: September 12, 2016
  • Notice to Proceed (Engineering): Mid to late September
  • Design Phase: October 2016 – December 2017
  • Construction begins: February 2018
  • Art installation: February 2018 – August 2019 (to be refined by team)
  • Construction completion: August 2019


Scope of Work
The artist will collaborate with the design team throughout the design and construction of the SR 520 Regional Trail at NE 40th Street Bike & Pedestrian Tunnel. This project will construct an attractive, grade-separated pedestrian and bike facility for the SR 520 Regional Shared Use Path at the west leg of the NE 40th Street and SR 520 Westbound ramp terminal intersection. The artist’s role is to create an inspiring trail experience for both pedestrians and cyclists through contemporary art that will engage the creative class workforce that will use this tunnel daily.  Building on goals for art integration, the collaboration will result in original artwork that is inspiring but also encourages movement throughout the trail. The artist is responsible for incorporating aspects of Redmond’s unique identity that is transforming into a “forward-looking city shaping the world’s future” through technology.

Selection Criteria

  • Proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design team and community stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success delivering public art in a design team context on time and within budget
  • References for public art projects
  • Quality and strength of past artwork as demonstrated in supplemental materials
  • Availability to start Phase 1 (Concept Development and Design) in October 2016 and Phase 2 (Fabrication and Installation) in February 2018.


Selection Process
Eligible artists/artist teams are invited to submit their qualifications and digital applications materials for this open call by email or mail.

Please send applications to:



Jessica Rubenacker, Cultural Arts Administrator
City of Redmond
15670 NE 85th Street
PO Box 97010
Redmond, WA 98073-9710

An Artist Review Panel comprised of arts professionals, city staff, community members and the design team will select up to three (3) finalists for interviews. The artist selection panel will select one (1) artist/artist team to join the Design Team to complete their design and artwork proposal. The team may choose not to select any of the applicants.

Review the full RFQ for complete project and application information.

Questions?  Contact the Cultural Arts Administrator, Jessica Rubenacker, at the City of Redmond at 425.556.2367 or