Public Art Opportunities

Request for Qualifications – Horton Rd/Cordata Parkway Roundabout

(Deadline: August 5, 2022 by Noon)

*IMPORTANT: It will be imperative that you read the Request for Qualifications as it outlines all of the requirements and describes all of the processes that must be followed in more detail than what is highlighted below. *

Request for Qualifications application

The City of Bellingham is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install artwork for a prominent roundabout located at Horton Road and Cordata Parkway in Bellingham, WA. This is a gateway to a residential neighborhood with future residential development planned, and the City would be interested in pieces that reflect the natural setting of the area and fits in well within the context of the site.

$80,000 – $95,000 is available for all phases of the artwork, including but not limited to: planning, design and installation of the artwork; as well as incidentals such as food, lodging, per diem, travel and more.

Selection Criteria

The selected artwork will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artist qualifications & experience (0-30 pts)
  • Project approach and understanding (0-20 pts)
  • Technical knowledge (0-15 pts)
  • Schedule and management (0-15 pts)
  • References (0-10 pts)

Project Timeline

August 5, 2022 (by Noon): Request for Qualifications deadline

September 9, 2022: Semi-finalists contacted

November 4, 2022: Deadline for semi-finalist submittals

Late November 2022: Semi-finalist interviews/meetings

Week of December 12, 2022: Finalist Announced

January 2023: Contract complete

Early Summer 2023: Installation

August 5, 2022 by Noon (12:00 PM).

Send your email submission to Shannon Taysi at staysi@cob.org. Submissions must be in PDF format.

No late submissions will be considered. 

For questions, call Shannon Taysi at 360-778-8360 or email at staysi@cob.org

All questions and responses will be posted to this site as they are received and answered prior to the deadline. Please refer back to keep up to date on those responses prior to the deadline.

Question – Can you please give me a min/max of how many images should we add? 

Answer – There is not a limit, however for the purposes of the jury review we will likely select no more than 10 works as examples per artist/artist team.  If the Artist/Artist Team submits less than 10 works, all will be included.

Past Opportunities

Public Works Vehicle Barn – The selected artwork will be attached to undulating metal at the future site of the Public Works vehicle barn, 2200 Nevada Street. The artwork will be located along the Virginia Street side of the building, which is 38’L x 31.5’H (at tallest point) and a long section of vehicle door bays. The site is adjacent to industrial buildings and a bike path/trail connection. The project is anticipated to be complete in the winter of 2022 with a budget of $50,000.

Anamorphic Mural – A mural in the alley behind 1300 Commercial Street, on the columns of the public parking garage to enhance the alley adjacent to the public parking garage. The installation area included eleven concrete columns and two aggregate panels. Completed in 2019 with a budget of $5,000.​​ 

Traffic Box Artwork – Original artwork installed on six traffic boxes located in the downtown Arts District. The goal of the project was to reinforce a sense of place and enhance the identity of the district, while adding beauty and interest to the streetscape. Completed in 2019 with a budget for $500 for each image selected and installed.​

N Forest Street – Create and install artwork on two retaining walls along the southern portion of N. Forest Street (between E. Ivy and Rose Streets. Estimated to be completed in 2021 with a budget of $15,000.00.

Resources

Contacts

​Shannon Taysi at staysi@cob.org or 360-778-8360