South County Recycling + Transfer Station: Site-Based, Generative Artist Residency
Create site-based artworks during a 3-year residency at the new South County Recycling + Transfer Station in the city of Algona, Washington.
1 About the Project
1 About the Project
- Budget: Total budget: $90,000
Artist fee: $60,000
Purchase of produced artworks: up to $30,000
Total budget is inclusive of artist fee, production costs for a body of work that should be ready to display, install or exhibit upon completion of the residency, and applicable taxes and travel for the entirety of the three-year term. Artwork(s) produced through the residency may become part of the King County Public Art Collection, with specifics determined at a later date.
- Eligibility: open to professional artists who reside in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Applicants may work in a variety of media including (but not limited to) two-dimensional analog, direct digital, or print media such as photography or illustration, filmmaking or other moving image methodologies, sound, and social practice. Artists whose work is focused on sustainability and the environment, reuse of materials, and/or naturally-sourced materials are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with cultural connections to The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and those who identify as Indigenous, underrepresented, or emerging will be prioritized.
- Application: submission of an online application is required for this opportunity.
- Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2020 by 4:00 pm PDT
4Culture and King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) seek an artist or artist team for a site-based, generative residency at the new South County Recycling & Transfer Station (SCRTS). The selected artist(s) will have a relationship with the site and surrounding community over the span of the project duration of approximately 3 years and will create work that embodies or is imbued with a sense of this site and place.
The City of Algona and its residents take great pride in their parks and green spaces. Community engagement efforts have revealed that some of the primary concerns of open-house attendees is wetland and stream impact and environmental mitigation. The significant physical impact to this property and certain loss of habitat suggests a ripe opportunity to survey and be immersed within the physical and cultural landscape, and to have a relationship with the site before and during construction, and upon completion of the project. It is also important for the public to know more about the operations, purpose and inner-workings of the facility itself, including what life is like for those that spend time at the facility every day and what happens to the publics’ refuse after it leaves the facility. This residency will embed an artist within the culture of the facility and the environs of the site. The selected artist will spend time at the site and in the surrounding community on a regular, defined basis over the course of the three-year project timeline. They will determine the frequency and duration of site visits in consultation with 4Culture and Solid Waste Division (SWD) staff. The resident artist may host a number of community events or engagements and will generate a body of work that will be produced and ready to display, install or exhibit upon completion of the residency at a proximal and appropriate community space. Resulting artwork(s) may become part of the King County Art Collection and/or may be permanently-sited within the new facility or another King County Solid Waste Division facility as determined by 4Culture and SWD staff. The selected artist must commit to the 3-year project duration. This opportunity is considered a low-residency because the artist will not hold any physical space at the site.
Project Background and Site
King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) will build a new South County Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) that will be located in the City of Algona, to replace the Algona Transfer Station on West Valley Highway. Adjacent to the site is the existing Algona Transfer Station (property will be redeveloped by the City of Algona). Highway 167 and West Valley Highway are to the east, a hillside and residential properties to the west, and four residential properties to the south. It is highly visible with direct site lines from both Highway 167 and the West Valley Highway and is proximal to the Muckleshoot Tribe of Indians Reservation.
Located in a light industrial zone, SCRTS will be built on property purchased by SWD. This land also includes three small wetlands, two industrial buildings, and an Algona Creek Tributary. The SCRTS property is almost 19 acres, approximately half of which will be developed as part of the project. The remaining half of the property is a steep slope that will remain undeveloped. A portion of the Algona Creek Tributary will be re-routed as part of this construction project.
The existing Algona Transfer Station was built over 50 years ago and had a roof replacement approximately 15 years ago. The facility lacks space for recycling services and efficiency improvements such as garbage compactors and has outgrown its capacity. SCRTS will not only provide garbage disposal as the current station does, but also the addition of recycling and yard waste services and hazardous waste disposal for residents and small quantity commercial generators. The site will include a scale house and may include a public facility building (restroom, conference room) and an employee office building with additional opportunity for public art.
SCRTS Site Plan
Concept Site Plan
Sustainability and the Living Building Challenge
King County is committed to the highest green building and sustainable development standards and strategies for King County-owned buildings and infrastructure. The South County Recycling & Transfer Station project will help meet green building goals in the County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan as one of 10 Living Building Challenge (LBC) projects initiated in King County by 2020.
The LBC is a certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability—providing a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. It is one of most rigorous performance standards in the industry, which is based on performance instead of design projections. SCRTS is pursuing Energy Petal certification, which will be the first transfer station in the country to gain this certification.
SWD’s goal is to achieve LBC Certification for the SCRTS project and all artworks should align with this goal.
The LBC is based on 7 “petals” and 20 “imperatives”. To get a better understanding of how this relates to the planning for the public art program at the site, it is helpful to understand each petal.
The Seven “Petals”
The LBC is comprised of seven performance areas, or “Petals”—Materials, Site, Water, Energy, Health, Equity, and Beauty. More information about each of these Petals can be found on the Living Building Institute site.
The South County Recycling & Transfer Station project is pursuing three “petals” – Beauty Energy, and Place, but an artist can find inspiration in any of the Petals.
Further Client and Project Information
South County Recycling + Transfer Station:
4Culture Public Art:
Living Building Challenge:
International Living Future Institute
Timeline for Selection
Call for Artists released: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Deadline for entry: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Selection panel meeting #1: currently scheduled for May 14, 2020 [selection of finalists]
Finalist orientation and selection panel meeting #2: TBA [finalists’ interviews] *
*Applicants should be available in this timeframe to participate in an in-person interview, orientation and possible site visit if selected as a finalist. Out-of-town finalists will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses to attend both the orientation and interview in Seattle, Washington. If applying as a team, the allowance for travel and lodging will be determined by 4Culture staff in consultation with the applicants. If one of the selected finalists is unable to attend an interview in-person, reasonable accommodations will be made to arrange for the interviews to take place through video-conferencing.
The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalist interviews. The panel’s recommendations are subject to approval by SWD and the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC).
Contract issued: June 2020
Duration of residency: 2020–2023
Delivery of final artwork(s): third quarter, 2023
3 Are You Eligible?
3 Are You Eligible?
Open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. Artists whose work is focused on sustainability and the environment, reuse of materials, and/or naturally-sourced materials are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with cultural connections to The Muckleshoot Tribe of Indians and those who identify as Indigenous or underrepresented as well as artists who have an interest or history in education or mentorship of emerging artists are also strongly encouraged to apply.
4Culture and SWD employees, selection panel members, PAAC members, project personnel including design consultants, and immediate family members of all the above are not eligible to apply.
Finalists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials.
- Stated interest in working with the SWD partners, stakeholders and staff to produce a body of work that is influenced by the site’s use and context, and is relational to the workers, the surrounding community and those that use or access the facility.
- Demonstrated experience creating a body of artworks over a finite period of time that has resulted in a public exhibition or installation of this work.
- Interest in environmental sustainability and the Living Building Challenge to develop a project that embraces these ideas and strives toward the stated goals.
- Demonstrated commitment to the support, cultivation, preservation and sharing of cultural traditions.
- Availability to begin work immediately upon selection and stated availability for the duration of the project.
A five-person selection panel will review the applications and select up to four finalists for interviews. Prior to the interview, all finalists will be given a project orientation (either in-person or through an on-line conferencing option) so that they can fully understand the site context and scope of the project. The panel will reconvene to interview the finalists and select one artist for the commission.
Interviews and the orientation will be held in Seattle at the offices of 4Culture, and finalists from outside of the greater Seattle area will be reimbursed for travel expenses and hotel accommodation. If applying as a team, the allowance for travel and lodging will be determined by 4Culture staff in consultation with the applicants. If one of the selected finalists is unable to attend an interview in-person, reasonable accommodations will be made to arrange for the interviews to take place through video-conferencing.
The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalists’ interviews. The panel’s recommendations are subject to approval by SWD and the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC).
4 How to Apply
4 How to Apply
You must submit the following materials via online application. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.
Contact information for yourself or all members of your team if applying as a team.
Statement of Interest
Write a statement (500 words or less) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and how you would approach this commission considering your past work. Consider and address the selection criteria as it relates to your experience and interests. As an option, applicants may supplement a written statement with an audio or video narrative statement (less than 2 minutes in length). Please include a Vimeo or YouTube link to this audio/video narrative statement within the body of written statement of interest. Applicants are NOT asked to submit a proposal as part of the application.
Two-page (maximum) current professional résumé. Keep the formatting as simple as possible. PDF is preferred; text (.txt) files will also be accepted. Teams or mentor/mentee artists should upload one document with two-page résumés for each team member.
You must submit 10 total work samples to be eligible for consideration. We encourage you to submit work samples that best illustrate your qualifications for this opportunity. Artists whose primary practice includes work that includes media may submit up to 3 of the 10 samples as audio or video files, with a cumulative run-time of up to 5 minutes.
- Digital Images: Submit up to 10 digital images (no composites) of past work. If applying as a team, a maximum of 10 images may be submitted, inclusive of all team members. Upload JPG files only; images must be under 2 MB in size, 1920 pixels on the longest side, and at least 72 dpi.
- Audio/Video:Submit up to three (3) audio or video samples if these media relate to your art practice (i.e., to show kinetic artwork, gradations of light, sound or media-based art, etc.). Audio samples must be submitted via SoundCloud with the specific URL (e.g., soundcloud.com/29523) noted on the Work Sample Upload page. Video samples must be submitted via Vimeo or YouTube, with the specific URL (e.g., vimeo.com/2992575) noted on the Work Sample Upload page. All submissions must be publicly accessible (password protected files will not be accepted).Timed excerpts are preferred, but longer samples may be submitted with notation in the description field of specific start and stop time for a cumulative run time of up to 5 minutes. Please include the start and stop times for excerpted audio/video samples at the beginning of the descriptive text.
Each work sample requires a brief description (75 words or less). Descriptions should include the following information if applicable: project location, commissioning agency, budget, project partners, photo credit, and copyright owner.
If you have questions regarding the application, please contact:
If you have questions related to the project, please contact:
Info Session + Workshop
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Please visit zoom.us/j/323030961 to access the informational session on the scheduled date and time. You will be allowed the option to phone in or participate via video on your computer.
Deadline: Applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm PDT on Thursday, April 30, 2020.