Uptown Public Art Project
Port Townsend Arts Commission
Port Townsend, Washington
The City of Port Townsend, Washington requests applications from artists to plan and complete an outdoor art installation for the Uptown District. The artwork is to be a focus of interest in a public space that is anchored by a popular farmers’ market and a community center and surrounded by unique, vibrant businesses and Victorian neighborhoods. The art should express the spirit of this setting in a way that invites locals and tourists to pause, converse, and enjoy their participation in our community.
It is our intent that public art located in the Uptown District be in keeping with the characteristics of Port Townsend, a city that is both intimate in scale and infinite in scope. The City is looking for “Street Furniture” that, in addition to being functional, is imaginative and creative. It may include, but is not limited to, bus shelters, clocks, litter and recycling receptacles, tables and chairs, benches, bike racks and shelters, water fountains, game tables, and light standards (light poles). We are looking for a piece that is uniquely conceived for this project.
The Port Townsend Uptown District public artwork is to be a permanent landmark−−durable and easily maintained in the wind and rain of a marine climate. It must also be touchable and safe.
We are no longer accepting proposals. For more information on the public art selection process and to view submitted proposals please go to "schedule" below.
$20,000 will be awarded for the entire cost of the project: design, materials, fabrication, and installation (1% of the eligible capital budget for construction, the amount mandated for public art). No money is available for travel.
Below are the three finalists in the Call for Public Art in the Uptown District. The Artist Selection Panel (ASP) welcomes public comment for consideration before making a final recommendation to City Council. The ASP meets again on Wednesday, May 28th from 4-6 pm, Third Floor Conference Room.
Please note: Click on the finalist's name to view original proposal materials (these are large files so patience is advised on a slow connection). The Artist Selection panel has met with each of the finalists, please see notes following the artists names.
Matt Babcock - We have discussed a modest enlargement of the bird from an overall height of 11'-6" increased to 13'.
Dennis Kuklok - We have discussed selecting a combination of components from the proposed options.
Seth Rolland - We are interested in working with a version of The Brick Island proposal.
Below is a feedback form. You can cut and paste this form into an email or print and mail to:
City of Port Townsend
250 Madison Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Forms can also be hand delivered to the Third Floor of City Hall.
Due Date is Thursday May 22, 2014, 5 pm
Click HERE to download the feedback form.