Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection, Item No. 6229, workers in the North Trunk Sewer, Siphon Tunnel, 1913

Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection, Item No. 6229, workers in the North Trunk Sewer, Siphon Tunnel, 1913

4Culture working in partnership with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is seeking an artist or artist-team to design and fabricate artwork for the odor control facility that is part of the Fremont Siphon replacement project.  The odor control property is located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle – the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe” – adjacent to a waterfront park and recreational trail.

 

The Fremont Siphon is a wastewater conveyance system that extends from Fremont to Queen Anne in a concrete tunnel located under the Lake Washington Ship Canal west of the Fremont Bridge. The siphon was installed in the early 1900’s and has provided wastewater conveyance service for almost 100 years. A critical conveyance line, the Fremont Siphon carries up to 220 million gallons per day during storms from a broad northeastern service area to the West Point Treatment Plant in Discovery Park.

 

4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division have a long history of successful and innovative art integration.  Past projects include:  Brightwater, Denny Way CSO, North Creek Pump Station, West Seattle Pump Station, Interurban Pump Station, South Treatment Plant and Waterworks Garden. The Fremont Siphon project is a good opportunity for an artist with less experience in public art to work with a highly supportive client and in a neighborhood that values creativity.  Applicants do not have to show previous public art projects, but do have to illustrate in application materials a capacity to translate concepts and designs into durable works of art suitable for integration into an exterior site within an infrastructure facility.

 

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 29, 2013.  Artists in Washington and Oregon are eligible to apply. Complete instructions on how to apply and more information about the project can be found here (scroll down).