City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   City seeks artist to develop sound-based artwork for Elliott Bay Seawall project
6/5/2013  9:00:00 AM

City seeks artist to develop sound-based artwork for Elliott Bay Seawall project

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to create an integrated, sound-based artwork for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. Using the medium of sound, possibly in conjunction with physical structures, the selected artist will create a site-specific or site-responsive work that will expand visitors’ experience of the waterfront. The piece may introduce sound to the site or manipulate existing sounds. The artwork may use electronics, acoustic and resonant materials, or physical structures. The call is one of a series of calls for permanent and temporary art along the redeveloped Seattle waterfront.

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will replace the existing deteriorated seawall in downtown Seattle, from South Washington Street to Broad Street, with a structure that meets current ecological, safety and design standards. The city plans to replace the most deteriorated sections of the central seawall beginning in late 2013 and continuing through 2016, with a second phase of work for the north seawall following as funding is available. The central seawall, the focus area of this art opportunity, is between South Washington Street (at the Washington Street Boat Landing) and Virginia Street (at the northern edge of Pier 62/63).

Final design of the central seawall is expected to be complete in August 2013 with construction beginning concurrently. The selected artist will join the Seawall Project team at that time and will develop a conceptual direction for the artwork in summer and fall 2013. Upon acceptance of the concept, the selected artist will be contracted for design development, engineering, fabrication and installation of the artwork. Seawall project completion is scheduled for early 2016.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States and Canada who are eligible to work in the U.S. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013 (Pacific Daylight Time).

The total artwork budget is estimated at $200,000, inclusive of all fees, taxes, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel and other project-related costs. The artwork is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds generated by the reconstruction of the Elliott Bay Seawall in downtown Seattle, and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. Replacement of the central seawall is being funded through a bond measure that was approved by voters in the November 2012 election.

The Elliott Bay Seawall is identified as a core site for artwork in the Waterfront Seattle Art Plan, part of the concept design and framework plan for the Central Waterfront completed by james corner field operations. To view the Waterfront Seattle Art Plan, visit

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