Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CIty Seeking Artist For Burke-Gilman Trail Artwork Project

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is looking for an artist or artist team to develop a permanent, multi-site outdoor artwork at two to five select points along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The call is open to artists and artists teams, residing in Washington state.

Applications are due no later than 11 p.m., Monday, August 1st.

The City will work with the winning artist to choose specific locations for the artwork, which will be located along the stretch of the trail from the wooden bridge near 35th Avenue Northeast along the trail to Magnuson Park.
The information says:

Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork. The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.

The artist will coordinate with staff at SDOT, Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to select sites and develop the artwork.  The budget is $80,000, inclusive of all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork.

Developed on the site of the former Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway, the Burke-Gilman Trail was one of the first “rail trails” developed in the United States. The original 12.1 miles of the trail were dedicated in 1978.  At 13.9 miles within the city today.

The Burke-Gilman Trail is a popular corridor used for both recreational and commuter purposes. More than 3,000 cyclists per day have been counted on the trail during the warm-weather months. The trail traverses a diverse section of Seattle.  Along the trail’s route are residential areas; the University of Washington; views of Lake Union, the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Puget Sound; and industrial and maritime areas.  SDOT recently extended the trail from Fremont to Golden Gardens Park, ending with a dramatic view of the sound.  Beyond the Seattle city limits, the trail connects to the Sammamish River Trail as part of the King County Trail System. 

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle.  The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

For more information or questions contact Jason Huff, public art project manager, at (206) 684-7278.

(photo courtesy of City website)

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