Artist-authored public art plans provide a vehicle to involve artists early in the design phase to develop a visionary framework that identifies and defines public art opportunities. Artists also develop plans for integrating art into a City department's routine work and infrastructure, using 1% for Art funds.


A Plan for Cultivating Arts and Culture in Seattle's Urban Agriculture Sites

Elliott Bay Seawall Project Art Programming Plan

Replacement of the deteriorated seawall is a foundational step for a program that will remake the waterfront. Guided by the Central Seattle Waterfront Art Plan, the Elliott Bay Seawall Project Art Programming Plan is a framework for the development of artworks both permanent and temporary that will articulate the seawall site. The art projects identified in this plan will be implemented as part of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project which is being led by the City of Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Central Seattle Waterfront Art Plan

"A Working Plan for Art on the Central Seattle Waterfront" lays out a multi-pronged approach for art on the Central Seattle Waterfront. The plan considers the history of the site as a working waterfront, the physical conditions of its location along the shores of Elliott Bay, and its role as part of Seattle's evolving urban and cultural landscape. Creative Time, Mark Dion, Tomato and Eric Fredericksen worked as members of the design team for the Central Waterfront, james corner field operations (sic), to outline a vision for evolving methods of implementation of art and art activation on the waterfront.

South Lake Union Streetcar Art Plan

The South Lake Union Streetcar will serve thousands of new homes and jobs being created in the area. The streetcar will run 1.3 miles each way and is projected to carry about 330,000 riders annually. The streetcar, slated for completion later this year, is part of the Mayor's South Lake Union Action Agenda, which seeks to improve or build new area infrastructure for new jobs and housing. In early 2006, the Office of Arts & Culture contracted with Lead Pencil Studio to develop an art plan for the South Lake Union Streetcar alignment. Lead Pencil Studio was selected for this project because of its experience with public art and transportation issues as developed and detailed in their 2005 Seattle Department of Transportation Art Plan.

Department of Planning and Development

Part of the Northgate revitalization effort, the Northgate Public Art Plan is a framework to identify and define public art opportunities and guide planning and implementation of public art in the Northgate area. Developed by Seattle artist Benson Shaw, artist-in-residence for Northgate planning, the Northgate Public Art Plan is the result of information gathered through Shaw's work with the Department of Planning & Development (DPD), community groups, and several other city departments throughout 2004 and 2005. Commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture and jointly funded by DPD and Seattle Public Utilities, the plan was released in October 2005.

Seattle Department of Transportation

In 2002, the Office of Arts & Culture selected Daniel Mihalyo as the artist-in-residence for Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Improvements to Seattle's transportation are a mayoral priority and SDOT is developing a variety of projects and strategies that will improve transportation within Seattle. Mihalyo spent an initial time period learning about the department, its plans and its projects. Working through 2005, he developed an arts plan identifying opportunities for artists to enhance the department's work by integrating art and the work of artists into the routine work of the department and by adding value to infrastructure projects through the use of 1% for Art funds.

Fire Station 10 Art Plan

In 2004, artist Gloria Bornstein began working on a design team with Weinstein Architects + Urban Design and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (Landscape architecture), the designers of the Fire Station 10 Replacement Project. Bornstein, commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture, developed an art plan, as well as a proposal to create an artwork, for the new facility. In her art plan, she made recommendations for locations for her artwork and artworks by other artists.

ProParks and Community Centers

Artist and art planner Carolyn Law outlines the opportunities for integrating art into new and renovated parks and community centers in two art plans.