Aurora Ave N Corridor Improvements Project
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist to develop site-specific artwork and design elements for the Aurora-Licton Springs Corridor Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Project. The selected artist will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction developing art installations along Aurora Ave. N. between N. 85 St. and N. 105 St.
Public Art Project Manager
This call is open to professional artists or artist teams residing in Oregon or Washington. 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 total artwork project budget is estimated to be $197,400. 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 $30,000 and fabrication and installation for $167,400. 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).
Scope of Work
The artist will work with project design consultants, SDOT, community representatives and ARTS to develop permanent public art and design elements along Aurora Ave. N. between N. 85 St. and N. 105 St. Working closely with the SDOT design team, the commissioned artist will develop artwork for multiple sites along Aurora Ave. N. SDOT will share their community engagement strategy, including opportunities for partnership with the selected artist(s).
We seek art strategies that create a distinctive spirit for the neighborhood and transform the feel of Aurora Ave. N. within the urban village. The art would ideally extend through the 20-block. This art project seeks to provide something for people travelling at all speeds - walking, biking, waiting for transit, riding on transit, and driving. The desired artistic approach will create an experience that helps change the public's perception of Aurora Ave. N., helps counter the auto-centric feel of the corridor, and provides color and vibrancy. The selected artist will need to address maintenance and the effects of vehicular exhaust, visibility and sightlines, heavy pedestrian traffic, and weather elements in the proposed concepts. The specific site locations for the art will need to be determined in conjunction with the SDOT design team in order to work around existing utilities and maintain required clearance from utilities and the roadway.
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