Mike McGinn, Mayor
4/5/2012 12:00:00 AM
Seattle seeks artist to create artwork for Rainier Beach's Mapes Creek
Site-integrated artwork to be installed in conjunction with creek restoration project
SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-integrated artwork for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood. The artwork project is in partnership with SPU and Seattle Parks and Recreation.
SPU is restoring lower Mapes Creek, which historically ran through Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood and drained to Lake Washington. SPU is creating an open-stream channel in Beer Sheva Park, a small lakefront park located at 8650 55th Avenue South, to improve habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon in Lake Washington. SPU is also building a pedestrian bridge across the new channel and a new dedicated pipeline that will carry Mapes Creek flow from South Fisher Plaza into the park.
The artist will be encouraged to include a variety of media in the artwork and to incorporate themes related to the restored functions of Mapes Creek. The artwork will be installed near the creek restoration project area in Beer Sheva Park or along 52nd Avenue South between South Fisher Plaza and Lake Washington Apartments' plaza at South Henderson Street.
The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, May 18. A link to the online application is available at www.seattle.gov/arts.
The Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project is currently in design through early 2013 and construction is expected to begin in mid 2013. Project completion is expected in 2015. The selected artist or artist team will work with SPU and consultants to develop artwork within the schedule of the restoration.
The total budget for the artwork is $200,000, all-inclusive of fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and other project costs. The artworks is funded by SPU 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
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