Public Art Opportunity in Aberdeen

Weatherwax High School, ca. 1910. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, WAS1780
Weatherwax High School, ca. 1910. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, WAS1780
Weatherwax High School, ca. 1910. University of Washington Libraries,  Special Collections, WAS1780
Weatherwax High School, ca. 1910. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, WAS1780

Application deadline Monday, February 27

J.M. Weatherwax High School, a historic building in Aberdeen, WA was destroyed by a fire in 2002. The 1909 building facade’s architectural sandstone blocks survived, and were salvaged for reuse. A meaningful artifact to the local community, the stones serve as a reminder of the local family for whom the high school was named, and also symbolize strength and survival, rising from the ashes, and resilience – qualities that Aberdeen residents see within themselves.

The City of Aberdeen, in cooperation with the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, is seeking an artist to create a significant three-dimensional artwork that will honor the Weatherwax family legacy and inspire both generosity and commitment to community in local residents and those that pass through the City. The artwork will be of a scale and level of detail to support both motorist drive-by and up-close viewing experiences, and will incorporate the architectural standstone blocks in a meaningful and visually engaging way. The artwork will be sited at the Simpson Triangle, a highly traveled site between the business districts of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, WA.

This artwork opportunity is an exciting step in the City’s efforts to revitalize major arterial routes within the city and create a vibrant civic space that will set the tone and design standards for future development and public art integration.

The artist for this commission will be selected through an open call process, with the final artwork decided on the basis of paid, competitive proposals. Professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia are invited to visit our Opportunity Listings and apply.

4Culture Public Art is managing the artist selection process, final design development and artwork implementation process for this artwork opportunity.