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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Artist sought to create proposal for Elliott Bay Seawall Project

9/19/2012  11:00:00 PM

Artist sought to create proposal for Elliott Bay Seawall Project
Artwork will reveal and support seawall's habitat and ecological function;
project is part of City of Seattle's Central Waterfront redevelopment

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop one or more detailed proposals for artwork for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. The seawall project is one of the earliest components of the redevelopment of Seattle's Central Waterfront.

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will replace deteriorated seawall structures along the waterfront, constructed between 1911 and 1936, with structures that meet current ecological, safety and design standards. Beginning in late 2013, the team will replace the most deteriorated sections of the central seawall, from South Washington Street to Virginia Street (at the northern edge of Pier 62/63). The new seawall will protect Seattle's downtown waterfront from the erosive tidal forces of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay; improve the degraded ecosystem functions and marine habitat near the seawall, with a focus on restoring the juvenile salmon migration corridor; and provide the structural support for new public spaces along Seattle's waterfront.

The selected artist will join the team of project engineers, biologists, ecologists and designers in early 2013 to develop one or more permanent outdoor artworks that relate to the complex ecology of the seawall, Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. The artwork will be included in the central seawall portion of the project and will contribute to the overall project goals of both habitat restoration and the development of public open space along the seawall. The seawall project is scheduled to reach final design in late 2013, with construction to be complete in early 2016.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 (Pacific Daylight Time). A link to the online application is available at

The initial concept design budget is $30,000 inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other proposal costs. This call for artists is the first of a series of calls for permanent and temporary art that will occur in conjunction with major infrastructure projects along the Seattle Central Waterfront. The artwork is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

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. For the Waterfront Seattle Art Plan, visit

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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