Public Art Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Forest Street Mural

Deadline: June 14, 2021 (by 12:00 Noon)

Call for Art application

*IMPORTANT: It will be imperative that you read the Call for Art 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. *

The City of Bellingham is seeking proposals from an experienced mural artist or artist team for artwork to be installed on two retaining walls (approximately 3,918 total square feet) located along the southern portion of N. Forest Street, between E. Ivy Street and Rose Street, at the southern entrance to downtown (see vicinity map, below). N. Forest Street is a one-way street and the southern gateway to downtown Bellingham. The wall presents an enticing blank canvas and is the target of regular vandalism and graffiti. It ranges in height from 2-6 feet and is highly visible to northbound traffic circling the roundabout at State/Wharf Streets entering downtown Bellingham.

$15,000 is available for all project expenses, including but not limited to: design, materials, fabrication, insurance, installation, and three years of maintenance.

Selection Criteria

The selected artwork will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposed artwork in relationship to the design and creation of a welcoming downtown atmosphere. (0-30 pts)
  • Experience of the artist or team designing and installing murals in the public realm. (0-30 pts)
  • Originality of the artwork. (0-10 pts)
  • Durability, ease of maintenance and likelihood to deter graffiti. (0-10 pts)
  • The artist or artist team’s ability to furnish all supplies, materials and equipment necessary for the design and installation of the artwork. (0-10 pts)
  • The artist or team’s willingness to provide high-quality documentation photos at the conclusion of the project. (0-5 pts)
  • The artist or team’s ability to meet the budget and timeline outlined in this Call. (0-5 pts)

Project Timeline

June 14, 2021 (by Noon): Call for Art deadline

July 2021: Artist/team selection and contracting

August 2021: Final design approval

September 2021: Fabrication/installation

June 14, 2021 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 you can 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.


Request for Proposals – Public Works Vehicle Barn

Deadline: July 16, 2021 (by 12:00 Noon)

Call for Art application

*IMPORTANT: It will be imperative that you read the Call for Art 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. *

The City of Bellingham is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install artwork at the future Public Works vehicle barn, to be constructed at 2200 Nevada Street in Bellingham. The selected 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 siding the artwork will be attached to is undulating metal.

$50,000 is available for all phases of the artwork, including but not limited to: planning, design, fabrication, engineering and installation of the artwork and incidentals such as food, lodging, per diem, travel, etc.

Selection Criteria

The selected artwork will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artist qualifications & experience (including references) (0-30 pts)
  • Project approach and understanding (0-20 pts)
  • Project aesthetics and appropriateness to the site (0-20 pts)
  • Schedule and management (0-20 pts)
  • Budget (0-10 pts)

Project Timeline

July 16, 2021 (by Noon): Request for Proposals deadline

Week of August 9, 2021: Finalist Announced

September 2021: Contract complete

Winter 2021 – Winter 2022 (Determined by completion of the building): Installation

July 16, 2021 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. 

  • Video – 360 Video starting at installation site, then Nevada St and Virginia
  • Panoramic Picture – Nevada and Virginia including the trail
  • Panoramic Picture – Future Building Site is from intersection to the black car
  • Photo – View from across the street diagonal from Nevada and Virginia
  • Photo – View from the trail going towards the building at Nevada and Virginia
  • Photo – View looking down the trail heading towards downtown

For questions you can 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.

Past Opportunities

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.​

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Contacts

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