Call Detail
City of Seattle: 2011 Civic Square Fencing



Contact Email: Deborah.paine@seattle.gov Marcia.iwasaki@seattle.gov
Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Unspecified
Entry Deadline: 6/13/11
Application Closed
REQUIREMENTS:
Media
Images - Minimum: 8, Maximum: 20
Total Media - Minimum: 8, Maximum: 20
INTRODUCTION

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Triad Development, seeks up to eight emerging artists to develop temporary large-scale, colorful panels from existing artwork in any two-dimensional medium. The panels will be attached to the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets in downtown Seattle. These panels may remain in place for approximately one year and will be added to the 20 panels now on the site. The panels are intended to celebrate Seattle’s vibrancy, cultural life, history and position in the forefront of environmental sustainability.

Artists may apply by submitting images of available existing artwork in any two-dimensional medium. When selecting images to submit, the artist should consider artwork that is proportional or can be enlarged to fit five-foot-high by ten-foot-wide panels. A selection panel will identify two to six images per artist for up to eight artists for digital reproduction onto temporary exterior grade panels. The Office will contract with a photographer to create the digital files to be used to produce the panels. The artist fee will vary depending on the number of artworks selected.

We encourage applications from artists who work with colorful imagery, create works in series, and/or whose work demonstrates a unified vision or aesthetic. The panels need to be visually dynamic to an audience from three feet to 100 feet away.

This opportunity is open to emerging professional artists living within 100 miles of Seattle. An emerging artist is considered to be an artist in the early stage of his or her career (five years or less).

The application deadline is 11 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, June 13.



BACKGROUND
An existing construction fence surrounds the site of the city’s former Public Safety Building, located in downtown Seattle between Third and Fourth avenues and James and Cherry streets. Future construction at the site will complete the city’s Civic Center Campus, which includes City Hall, Seattle Justice Center and Seattle Municipal Tower. Through a competitive solicitation, the city selected Triad Development, Inc. to develop the site. The Department of Finance and Administrative Services is the lead city department managing the redevelopment. A mixed-use, high-rise tower and an activated open space will eventually occupy the site. The fence will remain in place until development occurs.

Each side of the Civic Square’s fence (north, east, south and west) will display up to six artwork panels. These panels will be added to the existing panels presently on the fence. We anticipate this temporary fence artwork program to occur annually for up to five years. Funding for this artwork program is provided by Triad Development, Inc.

ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to emerging professional artists living within 100 miles of Seattle. An emerging artist is considered to be an artist in the early stage of his or her career (five years or less).


SCOPE OF WORK
This competition allows artists the opportunity to realize existing two-dimensional artworks in a large-scale format in a public space. The selected artists will deliver each identified artwork to a photographer, identified by the Office. The photographer will photograph the artworks and create digitized images of the artwork directly on five-foot-high by ten-foot-wide Dibond substrate panels with graffiti protection laminate. The Office will manage the work of the photographer and fabricator.

Installation of the artwork panels will occur in late summer or early fall 2011 and may be exhibited for approximately one year.

BUDGET
Up to eight artists will each receive between $1,000 to $3,000 honorarium depending on the number of images selected. In exchange for this honorarium, the artist will be required to deliver his or her artwork to the photographer and pick up said artwork after being photographed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
11 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, June 13.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
This competition is open to emerging professional artists living within 100 miles of Seattle.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Panel decisions are based on artworks that:

  • Demonstrate artistic merit

  • Are appropriate for the site

  • Are colorful, creative and diverse

  • Have the ability to translate proportionally into a five-foot-high by ten-foot-wide format

  • Can be displayed in a series

  • Demonstrate the artist’s unified vision or aesthetic

  • Will be visually dynamic to an audience viewing the artwork from three feet to 100 feet


The artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity of the collection as one factor in the selection process.

SELECTION PROCESS
A panel comprised of representatives from the City, including Seattle City Councilmember(s) or other representatives from the Legislative Department, the developer and arts professionals will meet to review submissions and will select up to eight artists, each with two to six images, to be reproduced and displayed.

NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS
Artists who apply will be notified of the selection panel’s decision by late July 2011.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP
Please contact Deborah Paine, deborah.paine@seattle.gov, (206) 684-7132 or Marcia Iwasaki, marcia.iwasake@seattle.gov, (206) 233-3946.

For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or cafe@westaf.org, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
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