The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a site integrated or site specific artwork that is reflective of Coast Salish historic and cultural connections to the Salmon Bay and Shilshole areas for SPU’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP) Pump Station. The new pump station will be located at 24th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW in the Ballard neighborhood along the shoreline of Salmon Bay.


The call is open to established professional artists residing in the United States and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Students are not eligible to apply.

Scope of Work

One artist or artist team will be selected to work with SPU staff, design team, the SPU Artist in Residence, stakeholders, and ARTS to create original artwork within the Ship Canal Water Quality Project Pump Station project site. The selected artist/s will develop outdoor permanent artwork that responds to the Coast Salish history and present condition of the Salmon Bay and Shilshole areas and local estuaries. The artwork could take the form of, but is not limited to, large-scale sculpture, cast metal, glass, light, carvings, murals or site enhancements; it can be a singular element, or a series of pieces, created in either two- or three-dimensional media. Artwork can be created as a free-standing element (or multiple elements) along the perimeter fence or landscaped areas, or can be integrated with the Pump Station building as a two- or three-dimensional artwork. Artist/s are encouraged to explore a diversity of media for this project.

In addition to reflecting Coast Salish historic and cultural connections to Salmon Bay, the artist or artist team may consider incorporating themes that raise awareness to the function of the facility and the health of Seattle’s waterways.


11 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017 (Pacific Standard Time).


Click here to apply on CaFÉ (Call for Entry). For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, contact CaFÉ tech support at (888) 562-7232 or email cafe@westaf.org, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


The free optional workshop will provide general information about the Ship Canal Water Quality Project Salmon Bay Pump Station and the CaFE online application system.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle

RSVP here


www.seattle.gov/arts, Jason Huff, Jason.Huff@seattle.gov, (206) 684-7278.

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