South County Recycling + Transfer Station
Create site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the new South County Recycling and Transfer Station in the City of Algona, Washington.
1 About the Project
1 About the Project
- Budget: $500,000 OR $540,000
Two budget options are available for this opportunity with specific application requirements:
- Non-mentorship option for individual artists and artist teams: $500,000 (Budget is inclusive of artist fee, fabrication and installation of artwork(s), applicable taxes and travel)
- Mentorship option for artists applying as mentor and mentee artist(s): $540,000 (Budget is inclusive of artist fees for both the mentor and mentee artist(s), fabrication and installation of artwork(s), applicable taxes and travel. $40,000 will be held aside to pay the mentee artist(s) directly. If there are multiple mentee artists, that amount will be divided evenly between them.)
- Eligibility: open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the 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.
- Application: submission of an online application is required for this opportunity.
- Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020 by 4:00 pm PST
4Culture and King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) seek an artist or artist-led team to create site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the new South County Recycling & Transfer Station (SCRTS). Artworks can respond but are not limited to the following site-factors, considerations and typologies:
Habitat/Ecologies: the site is currently home to three wetlands and an Algona Creek Tributary, which will need to be partially re-routed to accommodate the new facility. Additionally, approximately 200 mature and old-growth trees will be removed from the property. While new plantings will be made, this is a giant loss of habitat. The construction project will strive to mitigate these impacts and new habitat will be created. It is an opportunity for an artist to play a role in that goal, considering our connection to our waterways and our equitable access to nature. It also presents an opportunity for use of materials reclaimed from the site, including the felled trees themselves. Not only will there be strong siting opportunities at the facility site itself, there is also the option to consider additional artworks for an off-site wetland preserve or other wetland property development to be planned by King County and the City of Algona.
We stand on Indigenous Land: this site is proximal to the Muckleshoot Tribal Reservation. The Muckleshoot are a Lushootseed Native American tribe, part of the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest whose traditional territory and reservations are located in the area of Auburn, Washington. This is an opportunity to engage an artist that self-identifies as Muckleshoot, Indigenous or has a connection to Coast Salish and Salishan culture and histories. The Muckleshoot have a long tradition of artist mentorship and training within the tribe – and that tradition must be preserved and teaching continued.
Mentorship: there are various models of mentorship that could be considered, but this project presents an opportunity for an established artist to electively partner with an emerging artist for the entire arc of the project – giving an emerging artist the means to walk the paces with a seasoned artist, learning business practices, design development, fabrication methods, presentation skills, etc. This opportunity will also offer an additional artist fee for any artist that chooses to apply as a mentor/mentee artist team, so each are compensated for their time and efforts. This will be an elective option for applicants, but is strongly encouraged if it falls within an artist’s practice to teach others.
Community-based practice: In tandem with plans for permanent artwork and as determined appropriate by 4Culture staff, the selected artist or artist team will host 1-3 community events over the course of the project which would be educational in nature, and hosted either at the site, the Wetland Preserve, a Muckleshoot or community site.
The artist(s) will work with the project team and project consultants in the hope of a collaborative relationship.
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: Friday, February 14, 2020
Application deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020, 4:00 pm PST
Selection panel meeting #1: week of March 30, 2020 [selection of finalists]
Finalist Orientation and Selection Panel Meeting #2: week of April 20, 2020 [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: April 2020
Research and conceptual development: April–November 2020
Presentation of conceptual proposal to the PAAC: November 19, 2020
Design development and final design schedule dependent on approved concept and contractor milestones: December 2020–May 2021
Construction timeline and on-site implementation (TBD based on project type and integration): May 2021–2023
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 and architectural consultant(s) to collaborate on the artwork and its influence on the site and environs, as well as its relation to the workers, the surrounding community and those that use or access the facility.
- Perceived ability and interest in creating site-specific or site-integrated artwork, especially in the context of a fast-paced facility that needs to prioritize its function and service as well as consider long-term maintenance demands and fluctuating site conditions.
- 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 proposal development work immediately.
Artists applying as mentor/mentee applicants will be evaluated by the criteria listed above in addition to the following criterion:
- Demonstration of technical skills and the desire to impart that knowledge and experience with other artists of varying skill-levels and experience
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:
We are available by phone or email to answer questions. In addition, 4Culture Public Art will hold an open informational session/workshop for applicants interested in this opportunity:
Info Session + Workshop
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30–7:30 pm
4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle
Deadline: applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm PST on Monday, March 16, 2020.