We're seeking exciting public art opportunities for Issaquah's Central Park.
The City of Issaquah invites professional artists or artist teams to submit their qualifications for consideration to design artwork for new athletic facilities and fields at Central Park.
The site is located within the Issaquah Highlands urban village. Central Park includes multiple park fields that offer various active recreational facilities, from a children's playground to athletic fields.
This project will use voter-approved park bond funds to provide athletes with a better place to play year-round, by creating two new all-weather turf multipurpose sports fields with lighting and other amenities for park visitors.
The artwork should enhance the aesthetics of the park without disrupting the active nature of the space. The selected artist or artist team will work with the design firm and City staff to ensure a cohesive design between the park and accompanying public art.
As a gathering place to enjoy recreation, the art should be engaging and pleasing for all ages. Works in a variety of media and forms will be considered. Art shall require limited maintenance and withstand the area’s climate. Artists should also consider the high amount of activity in the park.
Potential areas for artwork include — but are not limited to — entry plaza, viewing mound and seating.
The public art design budget is $15,000, inclusive of all artist fees, travel and design. This is a Phase 1, design-only budget and does not include fabrication and installation.
The selected artist or artist team will work with a design firm and the City to create artwork that complements and enhances the athletic facilities and fields’ design.
Fabrication and installation will be addressed through an additional contract with the selected artist or artist team with a budget to be determined (based on artwork designed).
Applicants must live in Washington state and have past experience with integrating art into built architecture.
To apply, submit the following materials 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 work; 10 images max
- Annotated image list to accompany any submitted images
All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. March 1, 2016.
Proposed selection notification is March 15, with artwork design to begin in the second quarter of 2016. Construction of the athletic facilities and fields is anticipated for 2016-17.
Questions? Contact Amy Dukes via email or at 425-837-3024.