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Murals, statues and fountains identify a neighborhood’s character and can become landmarks for the district. Art projects can also take many forms; for example, Belltown uses trash cans to create public art and “brand” the neighborhood.
The Public Art Roadmap
If you plan to paint or build on public property (such as underpasses or sidewalks) call Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). David Chew, 206-684-8325, coordinates murals on bridges, retaining walls owned by SDOT and other roadway structures.
Other on-street art is coordinated by Annual Permits at (206) 684-5267. If the project will be on private property, you will need written permission from the property owner and your agreement should specify who is responsible for maintenance. In either public or private situations, you will need a detailed design to show the owner or the City.
There are different ways to proceed with a public art project for your district, depending on the location and scale of work you envision. Common steps in the process include:
Frequently asked questions:
Where can we get funds to support such a project?
Department of Neighborhoods has the Neighborhood Matching Fund, which is available for such projects. For more information about the Matching Fund Program see the Funding section of this guide or visit : http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/ or contact program staff at 206-684-0464. A grant from DON does not preclude the need to secure street use permits for any art work in the public right-of-way.
All art in the right-of-way that is not owned by the City requires an annual permit and insurance or indemnity agreement.
See the Public Art Roadmap http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/roadmap.asp.
Can we work with private developers to install art?
Yes, developers who are putting up new buildings can be a good source for obtaining a free site for an art piece because it shows their commitment to the community and it will most likely enhance their property value.
Benefits and challenges of public art projects:
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