CALL FOR ART: Artist(s) sought to create ‘Kit of Parts’ for Lake to Sound Trail


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Artist(s) are being sought to design elements for the new 16-mile ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ (L2S) that will link Lake Washington in Renton to the beaches of Des Moines, while passing through Tukwila, SeaTac and Burien.

Up to $110,000 is available, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 12.

Here’s the full listing:

Currently in phased development and slated for completion in 2023, the Lake to Sound Trail (L2S) will link the shoreline of Lake Washington in Renton to the shoreline of Puget Sound in Des Moines, while passing through the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Burien. This 16-mile alignment will provide pedestrian and cycling access to recreational, residential, retail, and employment areas.

4Culture and King County Parks are seeking an experienced artist or artist-led team to develop functional design elements as a “Kit of Parts” in an effort to improve connectivity, access and navigation to destinations within the five distinct municipalities along the L2S Trail while fostering a cohesive sense of identity for the corridor. It is not expected that the selected artist/team create these parts, but rather that they conceptualize and design prototypes for specific elements and/or select pre-manufactured components that can be used in conjunction with custom elements in various configurations along the entire passage.

  • Deadline: November 12, 2013, 5:00 PM
 PST
  • Eligibility: Open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the United States and Canada
  • Budget: up to $110,000
  • Information: www.4culture.org/apply/index.aspx

LAKE TO SOUND TRAIL: KIT OF PARTS

FUNCTIONAL DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLING TRAIL

PROJECT BUDGET: UP TO $110,000
[Budget is inclusive of $75,000 for research, design prototypes and documentation, and related presentations; up to $10,000 for travel and accommodations; up to $25,000 for final documentation; and Washington State sales/use tax. Fabrication and installation are not part of this scope.]

ELIGIBILITY: OPEN TO PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AND ARTIST TEAMS RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA [Qualified applicants will have proven experience working in design team collaborations and developing functional artworks, preferably for multijurisdictional system-wide projects and/or parks or trails projects.]

APPLICATION: SUBMISSION OF AN ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE: 5:00 PM PST ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

OPPORTUNITY
Currently in phased development and slated for completion in 2023, the Lake to Sound Trail (L2S) will link the shoreline of Lake Washington in Renton to the shoreline of Puget Sound in Des Moines, while passing through the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Burien. This 16-mile alignment will provide pedestrian and cycling access to recreational, residential, retail, and employment areas.

4Culture and King County Parks are seeking an experienced artist or artist-led team to develop functional design elements as a “Kit of Parts” in an effort to improve connectivity, access and navigation to destinations within the five distinct municipalities along the L2S Trail while fostering a cohesive sense of identity for the corridor.

It is not expected that the selected artist/team create these parts, but rather that they conceptualize and design prototypes for specific elements and/or select pre-manufactured components that can be used in conjunction with custom elements in various configurations along the entire passage.

The selected artist/team will be asked to meet with King County Parks and consultant staff (the L2S Trail design team) as well as municipal stakeholders over the course of 6-9 months, complete schematic level documentation and present design element recommendations. Once the selected artist/team has completed the schematic level phase and received approval for his/her recommendations, final documentation of the prototypes must be generated and submitted. Fabrication and installation of the Kit of Parts elements is not included in this scope and will be funded and managed separately.

Although it will be up to the selected artist/team, in collaboration with the L2S Trail design team, to identify the elements that will best serve the vision and function of the trail, possible Kit components could include: mile markers, surface treatments for cut and fill (retaining) walls, hand railings, boardwalks, wayfinding elements and environmental graphics, bike racks, bollards, gates, seating, and trash receptacles.

The prioritized elements should instill a greater appreciation of the intrinsic qualities of the cities and landscapes linked by the trail, anchored in a Northwest aesthetic, with careful attention paid to ease of maintenance and the environmental impacts of materials and processes. The selected artist/team will also be asked to honor the ethos, vision, and themes outlined in the RTS Arts Master Plan, resulting in a distinctive and recognizable experience within King County’s network of regional trails.

BACKGROUND
King County’s Regional Trails System (RTS) extends over 175 miles from Bothell to Auburn and Seattle to the Cascades, providing opportunities for recreation, non-motorized mobility, and commuting.

The RTS Arts Master Plan outlines a comprehensive vision for the creation of public art and integrated design features that will make the network more distinctive, attractive, and unique. System-wide and alignment-specific approaches to programming are recommended for both new and existing trails, including the L2S Trail.

Starting at the southern end of Lake Washington in Renton, the L2S Trail follows the existing Cedar River Trail south along the banks of the Cedar River into Cedar River Park. The trail meanders by the Renton Municipal Airport and skirts the northern edge of the downtown district of Renton. At the Cedar River Park, one can continue along the river to the City of Seattle’s Cedar River Watershed or turn west to follow the L2S.

Continuing west into downtown Renton, the trail passes by Tonkin Park and the old Renton train station. At this point, the proposed alignment follows the railroad tracks, providing sweeping regional views and eventually plunges into the forested canopy of the Black River Riparian Forest. This park is a wildlife refuge with a diverse ecosystem, offering trail users wonderful separation from the urban landscape.

Emerging from the forest, the trail connects under the Sounder Commuter rail line into the largest park in the city of Tukwila, Fort Dent Park, and connects to the Green River and Interurban trails. Traveling south along the Green River Trail, it ducks under Interurban Avenue S into Tukwila Park. Traveling west, Southcenter Boulevard provides a gentle but steady climb to the Sound Transit link light rail station as the land rises up and connects into the City of SeaTac. The trail wraps around the northern edge of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and connects to Des Moines Memorial Drive.

The trail continues south, along the historic drive, into the City of Burien and winds south along the SR 509 extension right of way. As the SR 509 extension heads east to connect to I-5, the path turns south to connect into the City of Des Moines and the Des Moines Creek Trail. Hugging the side of a ravine, the trail follows the creek as it makes its way to the Des Moines Beach Park to arrive at the shore of Puget Sound.

To learn more about King County’s Regional Trails System visit:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/trails/regionaltrailssystem.aspx

SELECTION SCHEDULE*
Deadline for Entry Selection Panel Meeting Finalist Notification Finalist Interviews**

PROJECT SCHEDULE*
Contract Issued Research/Conceptual Design Conceptual Design Presentation Final Design/Documentation

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013
  • Friday, December 6, 2013 Monday, December 9, 2013 Monday, December 16, 2013

January 2014
January – September 2014 September 2014
October – December 2014

*Schedules are subject to change;
**Applicants are expected to hold this date in order to participate in an interview if selected as finalists.

SELECTION PROCESS
The artist/team will be selected for this commission through an open call process coupled with finalist interviews. The selection panel will be comprised of five members with backgrounds in art and design, and/or with community connections. The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalist interviews.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Finalists will be selected based foremost on the following criteria:

  • Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials;
  • Planning and design team skills evidenced in past experience;
  • Interest and experience in working with systems, preferably for parks or trails projects;
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple municipal stakeholders;
  • Ability to design distinctive and functional artistic elements appropriate in concept, material, and scale for outdoor and natural environments, mindfulness of sustainable practices, and an understanding of Northwest weather and light;
  • Availability to begin design work in January of 2014.

ELIGIBILITY
This project is open to professional artists and teams residing in the United States and Canada. Qualified applicants will have proven experience working in design team collaborations and developing functional artworks, preferably for multijurisdictional system-wide projects and/or parks or trails projects specifically. 4Culture staff and its Public Art Advisory Committee members, selection panel members, project personnel, and immediate family members of all of the above are not eligible to apply.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS VIA ONLINE APPLICATION

PROFILE — Applicant contact information.

RESUME — Two-page (maximum) current professional resume. Teams should include two-page resumes for all members as one document. PDF format is preferred; Text (.txt) files will also be accepted.

STATEMENT OF INTEREST — 300 words (or less) that explain why the artist/team is interested in this opportunity and how their practice relates to this project and the posted selection criteria.

WORK SAMPLES — Applicants should submit 12 samples of past work (10 digital images and 2 printed pieces) that best illustrate their qualifications for this project.

Digital Images –Applicants must submit 10 digital images of past work (no composites). Images should be 1920 pixels on the longest side and at least 72 dpi. Files must be JPG format and less than 2MB in size.

Applicants will be required to list the title, date of completion, medium, and dimensions of each work sample. Applicants are encouraged to fill out the optional fields that include commissioning entity, budget, and project partners. Please provide a brief description (75 words or less) of each work sample.

Printed Materials – Applicants must also submit 2 printed pieces, such as art plans or design drawings by mail to:

4Culture
Attn: Lake to Sound Trail Kit of Parts
101 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle, WA 98104

In the Supplement section of the online application, applicants should attach a document (PDF format is preferred; Text (.txt) files will also be accepted) that lists the title, date of completion, medium, dimensions, and a brief (75 words or less) description of each mailed work sample. Inclusion of commissioning entity, budget, and project partners is encouraged. A printed copy of this document should be included in the mailed package.

Mailed materials that include a SASE will be returned; all other materials will be available for pick-up at 4Culture after the completion of the selection process.

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5:00 PM PST ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DEADLINE.

QUESTIONS?

Jordan Howland
jordan.howland@4culture.org
206.296.4137

Willow Fox
willow.fox@4culture.org
206.205.8024

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