Officials hope the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct won’t just reshape Seattle’s connection to Elliott Bay. The plan also looks to the east and the connection all the way from the water, up Pike and Pine to Capitol Hill.
To help build that connection, the city is looking for artists to create new works to encourage people to move through, explore, and enjoy their streets in new ways:
The Waterfront Seattle project will create 20 acres of new public spaces, streets, parks and buildings. Pike and Pine Streets will connect the waterfront to the Capitol Hill neighborhood through the downtown retail core. The artist/s will work with the city and its design team to create a unifying identity for these streets and sited artwork that act as gateways and/or gathering space.
A call for artists from the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, the Office of Arts & Culture, and the Seattle Department of Transportation is putting up $300,000 for the effort.
“The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements Project design team, including ZGF Architects,LLP, project stakeholders and community members to design integrated streetscape elements and/or original artwork or series of artworks on Pike and Pine Streets,” the call reads. “The artist will help design elements that may be well-integrated into the site, helping to unify the streetscape, and may also be asked to consider gateway elements (if feasible) or other identifiers for the corridor. These latter artworks should be very legible as autonomous artistic interventions at key intersections. Artworks must be durable and low maintenance in this urban environment.”
To be considered, artists must show “a record of successfully realizing projects of a similar scale in the public realm” or the “ability to potentially do so.”
The deadline to apply is January 20th.
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