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Reforesting the Central Area


Budget: $10,000
Activated: 08/01/2023
Deadline: 09/19/2023
Call Summary
The Garfield Super Block Coalition (GSB) is seeking an artist to create three separate tree stump designs to be used for seating that will be fabricated by a third party for the site of the Garfield Super Block.
Budget Description
The selected artist will receive a stipend of $10,000 after their final design is submitted to the coalition.
Project Description
Scope of Work:
Theme: Reforesting the Central Area

The present reality of the Central Area is the urban village, a strategy of rezoning for maximum building height that, some would argue, helped speed up the process of gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood. At this moment in time, it is hard to imagine a pre-settlement, pre-industry, and pre-peopled reality. The Garfield Super Block Art Team asks that an artist join the design team, in collaboration with the landscape architects, to envision a “reforested” space that honors the history of the land and the roots systems that connect us to the past and future. This project represents trees, stumps, roots, and other biome that would have occurred naturally in the area. They will be utilized as sculptural seating elements in the park and should also remind us of the true scale of nature in relation to the human body.

Artwork Goals
The artist will submit final designs to a mutually decided upon fabricator for construction and installation. Materials will be decided upon mutually with the design team and landscape architects. This commission is for DESIGN ONLY.
Artwork Location Description
See Site Plan below
Site History
The Garfield Super Block is located in Seattle's Central District and is shared by Medgar Evers Pool, play fields, Teen Life Center, and a community center, all owned and operated by Seattle Parks & Recreation and Garfield High School. The site boundaries are Cherry Street to the north, 23rd Avenue to the west, 25th Avenue to the east, and Alder Street to the south. The area is mainly residential in character along 25th and Alder, with mixed commercial uses at Cherry and 23rd Avenue.
This call is open to emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in Washington State.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Artist Statement: 400 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 400 word maximum
Letter of Interest should relate to the scope of work.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Past Artwork Samples
Selection Information
Selection Process
A panel of GSB stakeholders, artists, client representatives and community members will review the applications and select artists for interview. After interviews, the panel will select one artist to move into contracting. The GSB reserves the right to not select any applicants.

Parks Proview Design Review Process:
When an artwork is proposed for placement at an existing site by the Department, by the Community, or by a donor, ProView will review the proposal, and evaluate the appropriateness of the artwork for placement on the site in terms of: safety, potential for vandalism, compatibility with site uses, durability, impact on maintenance and operations, and environmental impact, and will make a recommendation to the Project Steering Committee on whether to accept or reject the proposal.

Maintenance: The artworks will be made of either stainless steel, bronze or another permanent material that is easy to maintain. All artwork proposals will be subject to a conservation review from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. Long term maintenance and ownership of the artwork(s) will be determined between the Garfield Super Block Coalition, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria:
The selection panel will select an artist based on their Letter of Interest and how closely it relates to the scope of work and the quality of the artist's past work.

Requirements: (written requirements should be 1/2 page each)
• Letter of Interest related to the scope of work
• Artist Statement
• Resume or Bio
• 6-10 Images of Past Artwork

Project Timeline

August 1st, 2023
Call Opens

September 12th, 2023
Applications Due

September – October 2023
Selections Panels

October 2023
Artists under Design Contract

1st Quarter 2024
Final Designs and Construction Documents Due

2nd and 3rd Quarter 2024
Fabrication and Installation
Additional Resources
Site Plan (JPG)
Contact Information
Alison Post
2512 NE 92nd St
Seattle WA 98115 United States
Submission Instructions
Email Address
Emailing Submission Instructions
All application documents should be emailed to on or before 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023. Applications received after this date won’t be reviewed. We’re Here to Help: Application Workshop Monday, August 21st, 2023 5pm-6pm Join Zoom Meeting ID: 87330249294 Passcode: 310314



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