Call Detail
Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance Project
85 Pike St., #500 Seattle, WA 98101

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington
Entry Deadline: 1/10/14
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Call to Artists: Public Art for the Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance Project Submission Deadline: January 10, 2014 by 5:00pm Introduction More than10 million people visit the Pike Place Market each year to shop and receive services. Its 9-acres are home to 300 commerical businesses, 100 farmers, 200 craftspeople, 200 street performers and nearly 300 low-income senior residents and five human service agencies (a clinic, senior center, food bank, preschool and assisted living facility). The removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the development of Seattle’s Central Waterfront are providing a unique opportunity for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to develop an underutilized parcel of land within the Market Historic District and create a dynamic connection between downtown and the new Seattle Waterfront. The Waterfront Entrance site is located on a .75 acre site along Western Avenue long used as a surface parking lot. The project is a low-rise, mixed-use development that will provide parking for both the Market and the Waterfront, several stories of low-income and workforce housing, expanded facilities for the Market’s social service agencies, and added retail and restaurant space. The new Waterfront Entrance site will also provide additional public open space and expansive views of Puget Sound while connecting the Market to the Waterfront with easy pedestrian access. This call is independent of the ‘Waterfront Seattle: Call for Artist (Public Piers)’ that was recently seen on the Office of Arts & Culture website. Scope of Work: We seek an artist to create artwork of durable media for the Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance (PPMWE). The artist (s) will work with project design consultants and community representatives to develop the permanent public art pieces. The Pike Place Market encourages diversity in its collection. Artist must have the ability to develop an in-depth understanding of the history and character of the Market and the neighborhood and to communicate this understanding through their chosen medium. Artwork must be durable, should consider maintenance and environmental impacts, be hands-on and appeal to kids. Use of or incorporation of alternative energy sources is favorable. Budget is $500,000, all inclusive and will be divided according to the chosen piece(s). A drawing of the PPMWE design is attached. More information about the overall project can be found here. Timeline

  • November 22, 2013 - Artist Call posted on Office of Arts & Culture website

  • January 10, 2014 by 5:00pm - Deadline for Submission

  • 4th week of January 2014 - Selection of finalists

  • 4th week of January 2014 - Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by email

  • EOM Jan - Feb. 21, 2014 at 5:00pm - Finalists develop site specific proposals

  • Feb 24, 2014 (tentative) - Open House for public to view finalists proposals

  • March 7, 2014 - Artist selected based on proposals and interviews

  • Mar – June 2014 - Design stage

  • Nov – Dec. 2015 - Work finished and art installed

Eligibility: The call is open to professional artists residing in the Pacific Northwest region with a portfolio of professionally commissioned work. Due to the complexity and community engagement expectations, experience working in public process is essential. Artists may apply as a team, but the application should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator. Budget: Finalists will be given $1000 honorarium each to develop a site specific proposal. The budget for the work(s) of art is $500,000 including design, fabrication, and installation and building support systems, all inclusive. The budget will be divided according to the chosen piece(s) and may be influenced by the size and complexity of the design and by funding sources. We anticipate issuing a design contract and – upon approval of design – a fabrication contract. Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Previous public art installations of comparable size and complexity produced for the outdoors.

  • Documented experience of community-engaged practice and artwork that reflects community voice.

  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.

  • Excellence in the artist’s selected media.

  • Strength of past artworks as demonstrated in the submitted photos.

  • Relevance of past work to the market setting and heritage.

  • Strength of artist statement

  • Resident of PNW region

  • Strength of the resume

Selection Process: The selection will take place in two parts. During the first round, interested artists need not submit proposed project ideas, only images of past work. The Art Committee (comprised of representatives of the artist, collector, gallery, and market communities) will review all submissions received by the deadline and pre-screened for eligibility and choose finalists. During the second round, the chosen finalists will be asked to develop a site specific proposal, show the idea to the public at an open house and be interviewed by the committee. The Pike Place Market reserves the right to not select any of the applicants. Please Submit:

  • Between 5 and 10 images of past work as digital files in .jpg format

  • A sample of the technical drawings of a past installation in .jpg format

  • Letter of Interest (2,000 character limit) /li>

  • Resume

  • References

Submission Deadline: January 10, 2014 by 5:00pm Website for uploading submissions: Contact for submission Lillian Hochstein Pike Place Market Foundation WE’RE HERE TO HELP For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
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