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Seeking artist for Elliott Bay Seawall Project

We’re seeking an artist or artist team to develop a detailed proposal for artwork for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. The artwork will reveal and promote the habitat and ecological function of the new seawall. 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). Go here for more information and the online application.

The new Elliott Bay Seawall will replace the existing seawall in downtown Seattle, from South Washington Street to Broad Street, with a structure that meets current safety and design standards. The seawall protects Seattle’s downtown waterfront from wind-driven storm waves and the erosive tidal forces of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. The seawall will also be the structural support for new public spaces along Seattle’s waterfront.

The selected artist will join the seawall project team in early 2013. The seawall project is scheduled to reach final design in late 2013, with construction to be complete in early 2016.

The initial concept design budget is $30,000 all-inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other proposal costs. The selected artist will work with project designers for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Department of Transportation, and other city departments and community representatives to select sites and develop art for the project.

For more information, contact Kelly Pajek, public art project manager, (206) 684-7311.

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