The First Hill Improvement Association has released a call for artists to develop an art concept for a project to paint more than 70 columns under Interstate 5, between Cherry and James streets.
FHIA received $40,000 to paint the pillars under I-5 through a 2016 Only in Seattle grant from the Office of Economic Development.
There are 75 columns between Cherry and James streets, according to FHIA executive director Alex Hudson.
“Our intention is to paint each of the columns,” she said. “We’re looking to make a significant, positive impact on that part of the city.”
Hudson added the intent is to provide an improved experience for motorists and pedestrians, as well as for those using the large parking lot under I-5.
The columns are owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation, which will make a final decision regarding the artwork for the project.
“WSDOT has been a great partner with us, and we’ve been working with them throughout the whole thing to make sure this is a project that they can work with us on,” Hudson said.
FHIA, in partnership with the Office of Economic Development, will be accepting applications through Monday, Jan. 23, and expect to have an artist or art team selected by March 3.
Artists are asked to submit a letter of interest, three references and up to 16 images showing examples of previous work similar to this project. The full call to artists can be found here.
A selection steering committee and WSDOT staffers will identify three finalists and request full proposals, which will be vetted through the public and community stakeholders, Hudson said, before an artist or art team is chosen.
The selected artist will receive $10,000 for their work, with the remaining budget for the project going to Urban Artworks, which will complete the art installation.
Urban Artworks is a Seattle-based nonprofit that completes art projects by working with local artists and at-risk youth.