City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   City seeks artists to develop temporary artworks for Westlake Park
2/19/2013  3:00:00 PM

City seeks artists to develop temporary artworks for Westlake Park
Two selected artists or artist teams will create site-specific artworks
for downtown park during the summer

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks), seeks two artists or artist teams to each create temporary, site-specific public art projects for downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park, located at 401 Pine St. The selected artists will create artworks that activate the park during summer 2013.

Two artists or artist teams will create installations that run sequentially, while accommodating the other activities produced by Parks and other entities that occur frequently at the site. The artworks will contribute to Seattle’s Center City Initiative to help make downtown streets inviting and safe, and will support Westlake Park as an enjoyable hub of the city. The artwork should activate the space, engage pedestrians and encourage pedestrian flow through the park. Artworks may be two- or three-dimensional; offer participatory or interactive experiences for visitors to the park; and can include projection, light, sound or performance components.

The selected artists will develop design proposals for projects to be installed in summer 2013, with fabrication starting in late spring 2013. The artworks will be on view for a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of three months, based on the artwork media and concept.

The call is open to artists who are Washington state residents living within 90 miles of Seattle. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, March 21 (Pacific Daylight Time). Go to for a link to the online application.

The budget is $10,000 per project, all-inclusive of travel expenses, taxes, proposal fees, and all project costs for design, fabrication/production, installation and removal of artwork. Two artists or artist teams will be commissioned. The project is funded by Seattle Parks & Recreation 1% for Art funds.

Westlake Park is a 0.1-acre public plaza that extends from Fourth Avenue to Westlake Avenue between Pike and Pine streets. The park is an active hub of Seattle due to its position in the retail and transportation corridor. Seattle Parks schedules programming in Westlake Park with a range of activities, from music performances to dance lessons, that enliven the park. The park is also a popular location for political rallies and promotional events. In March 2013 the Westlake Play Space for families with small children will open along the east edge of the middle of the park, across from See’s Candies.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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