We're seeking exciting public art opportunities for the Southeast 62nd Street improvement project.
The City of Issaquah invites professional artists or artist teams to submit their qualifications for consideration to design artwork for the upcoming project. (See map.)
As part of a series of road improvements to relieve traffic congestion in North Issaquah, the Southeast 62nd Street project includes:
- Widening between East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 221st Place Southeast
- A new roadway to be constructed to extend 62nd Street between 221st Place and Lake Drive
- Two roundabouts to be constructed where 62nd Street intersects 221st Place and Lake Drive
- New sidewalks, bike lanes, curbs and gutters, curb ramps, street lights and storm drainage
The selected artist or artist team will work with City of Issaquah staff to ensure a cohesive design between the overall roadway project and accompanying public art. Potential areas for artwork include, but are not limited to, roundabouts and pedestrian trail.
Works in a variety of media and forms will be considered. Art shall require limited maintenance and be able to withstand the area’s climate.
The public art project budget is $125,000, inclusive of all artist fees, travel, design, insurance, permits, fabrication, labor and installation. The selected artist or artist team will work with the City to create artwork that complements and enhances the project.
- Applicants must have past experience integrating art into built architecture.
- Applicants must live in Washington state.
The artist or artist team will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design teams and community stakeholders
- Demonstrated success delivering public art on time and within budget
- Quality and strength of past artwork as demonstrated in application materials
The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30, 2016. Proposed selection notification is Oct. 14, and artwork design may start in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Construction on the street improvement project is scheduled to start in 2017. The public art design, fabrication and installation will be scheduled as part of the contracting phase.
Submit the following materials to Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes via email:
- A letter of interest, with a limit of two pages, indicating your vision and approach for the project
- A professional resume or CV with qualifications (If you're submitting as an artist team, you must submit a resume for each team member.)
- Three professional references with current contact information, from completed or current projects
- Visual support materials of previous public artwork; 10 images max
- Annotated image list to accompany the submitted images
All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 30.
Questions? Contact Dukes via email or at 425-837-3024.