CALL FOR ARTISTS: Sound Transit Seeking Artists for ‘STart’ Public Art

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Sound Transit is seeking to compile a roster of pre-qualified Artists for its ‘STart’ program, which includes public art projects throughout the agency’s three-county service area in the greater Puget Sound region.

“The roster will be effective for a period of three years and serve as one of the means of selecting artists to create permanent, site-specific artwork for the agency’s expanding transit system,” reads an announcement. “Art projects will vary in size and complexity, with budgets of approximately $30,000 to $600,000. Upcoming opportunities will focus on the East Link Extension (ELE) of light rail connecting downtown Seattle with Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond.”

4Culture is managing the artist selection process on behalf of Sound Transit.

Here’s more from their posting:

Sound Transit places a high priority on producing artwork of the highest quality for its facilities, from a wide array of artists, which includes expressions that are interesting and will remain interesting and maintainable in the dynamic environment of a transit system for many years into the future.

Professional artists sought for the Sound Transit pre-qualified roster include those experienced in creating functional components for the built environment, such as gates, railings, benches, and ornamental details; as well as artists with experience creating both large-scale and discreet signature artworks integrated into civic spaces.

This roster will be used as one of the selection tools for ELE permanent artwork opportunities, as well as for other artwork opportunities in the Sound Transit system. Inclusion in Sound Transit’s three-year artist roster does not guarantee an artwork commission, only that those artists will be pre-qualified for consideration in select future art opportunities.

Sound Transit is committed to creating memorable experiences for its riders and fostering livable/walkable communities throughout the multimodal transit system it is constructing across the Central Puget Sound area of Washington State, which includes Seattle. The station architecture and art will be designed to provide a strong visual identity, welcoming sense of place, and meaningful connection to the surrounding area.

Deadline: April 01, 2013, 5:00PM PST

Eligibility: Open to qualified professional artists residing in the United States

Budget: Approximately $30,000 – $600,000 per project.


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One Response to “CALL FOR ARTISTS: Sound Transit Seeking Artists for ‘STart’ Public Art”
  1. Banker Bob says:

    It’s amazing that Sound Transit complains of budget problems but they have money for art. Art is great and this area has a lot of it inside and outside museums. It’s wonderful. However, it’s time to conserve funds and make sure Sound Transit buses don’t catch fire like the one from Everett that caught fire in the Express Lane. Or how about how my bus in my daily commute that keeps overheating each Spring/Summer. Save funds Sound Transit! Dedicate the money to bus operations.

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