Roosevelt, Seattle

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

Weedin Place Call to Artists

Public Art for Weedin Place


12 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time).



The Weedin Place Steering Committee of the Roosevelt Business Group (within the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association) seeks an artist or artist team to create public artwork that will serve as a gateway to Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. The artwork will be integrated into a new urban pocket park at Weedin Place between 65th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street. The call is open to artists and designers working in the United States, with a preference given to Pacific Northwest artists. The total budget for artwork is estimated at $100,000. The application deadline is 12 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time).


The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association has been working on a plan to close Weedin place NE to car traffic (currently it is a right-of way located between 65th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street) and develop it as a small public park. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to promote and reinforce the identity of the Roosevelt neighborhood. The key component of this new, pedestrian-friendly development will be a creation of an iconic gateway artwork.


Strengthen the identity of the Roosevelt Neighborhood

The intended goal for this project is to create an iconic and memorable artwork that will serve to strengthen the neighborhood identity. The site offers an opportunity for the artwork to be visible from I-5 (located on an elevated overpass just west of the site). Key-words: bold, clear, easily identifiable design and/or idea.

Enliven the pedestrian realm and contribute to the aesthetic experience of the streetscape

The artwork will be accessible to pedestrians. The concept design should be user-friendly and take into account the entire Weedin Place site. The artwork will be integrated into an overall design plan that may include vegetation, decking, seating and gathering spaces. Key-words: user and pedestrian-friendly, approachable, interactive and well-integrated into the site.

Address the historical heritage of the neighborhood

The artwork should reflect the values of Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, the president noted for his progressive policies, support of the conservation movement and development of the national parks system. Keywords: progressive ideas, unorthodox, forward-thinking, green, big trees, nature and preservation of natural habitats.


The call is open to artists and designers working in the United States, with a preference given to Pacific Northwest artists.


One artist or artist team will create an original artwork for the newly developed public space. Following approval of an art concept, the selected artist will continue on with design development and implementation of the artwork. Artwork must be durable and low-maintenance. The artist will collaborate with the project team (Weeding Place Steering Committee, landscape architect, SDOT) to develop a concept for an overall site design.


One artist or artist team will be selected to receive a design contract. The entire (overall) budget for the pocket park development is estimated at around $500,000. It is anticipated that the total artwork budget, including all fees, taxes, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel and other project-related costs will total $100,000. If the design proposal is accepted, the artist will receive a subsequent contract to develop the design and fabricate and install the artwork. Depending on specific needs, the project team may provide some support for construction, electrical connections and engineering, and landscape integration.


Applications must include:

Concept Idea (300 words limit)

Describe broadly your concept for this specific location. The concept should be clear, but not required to be a fully developed proposal. Address the ways your proposed idea will serve site-specific functions described above. Describe the methods and materials you plan to use in the installation.

Letter of Interest (300 words limit)

Please provide a statement describing your interest in and unique qualifications for this specific commission. Address selection criteria and, if available, include references to your previous artworks in public places.


Please attach a PDF file

Work Samples

Submit 12 images (optional: 10 images and 1 video). Work samples may represent your previous work and/or illustrate your current proposal. Please specify which is which on the application.


The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Strength and relevance of conceptual idea.
  • Creativity of approach.
  • Quality of concept, design and craftsmanship of past artworks.
  • Ability to collaborate in design teams, with design professionals, and with community stakeholders.
  • Ability to complete projects on time and within budget.


The selection will take place in two parts. During the first round of the selection process a panel of arts professionals, client representatives and community members will review the proposed concept ideas, applicants’ samples, qualifications and other materials. The panelists will identify 3 finalists who will be invited to further develop their proposals and present them to selection committee six weeks later. Finalists will also be asked to publicly introduce their proposals at the Roosevelt neighborhood community meeting. All three finalist will receive $1500.00 to develop their proposals. The panel will select one artist or artist team to be awarded the commission.

We reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.


  • February 9th, 2015 – application open
  • March 23rd, 2015 – deadline for proposals
  • April 6th, 2015 – 3 finalists announced
  • May 18th – 26th, 2015 Finalist interview with selection panel (exact date tbd)
  • May 26 – Finalist presentation at Roosevelt Community meeting

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail in late May.


If you have questions please email project manager Klara Glosova:


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