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Seeking artist to develop sound-based artwork for seawall project

In collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation, we’re seeking an artist or artist team to create an integrated, sound-based artwork on the Elliott Bay waterfront. The project is part of the redevelopment of Seattle’s Central Waterfront and is one of a series of calls for permanent and temporary artwork for the area.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States and Canada who are eligible to work in the U.S. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Using the medium of sound, possibly in conjunction with physical structures, the selected artist will create a site-specific or site-responsive work that will expand visitors’ experience of the waterfront. The piece may introduce sound to the site or manipulate existing sounds. The artwork may use electronics, acoustic and resonant materials, or physical structures.

Final design of the central seawall is expected to be complete in August 2013 with construction beginning concurrently. The selected artist will join the Seawall Project team at that time and will develop a conceptual direction for the artwork in summer and fall 2013. Upon acceptance of the concept, the selected artist will be contracted for design development, engineering, fabrication and installation of the artwork. Seawall project completion is scheduled for early 2016.

The total artwork budget is estimated at $200,000, inclusive of all fees, taxes, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel and other project-related costs. The artwork is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds generated by the reconstruction of the Elliott Bay Seawall in downtown Seattle, and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Replacement of the central seawall is being funded through a bond measure that was approved by voters in the November 2012 election.

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For more information, contact Eric Fredericksen, waterfront art program manager, (206) 733-9838.