Call for Artists – King County Metro RapidRide Expansion, I Line

Deadline: 7/13/2022, 4 PM

4Culture, in partnership with King County Metro Transit, seeks a professional artist or artist team to develop a series of small sculptures and related retaining wall treatments for the new RapidRide I Line corridor, which will connect the King County, WA cities of Renton, Kent, and Auburn via bus rapid transit, heading up out of Renton on Talbot Road S, then continuing along 108th Avenue SE, 104th Avenue SE, down the hill on Canyon Drive to Kent Station, and then along Central Avenue S and Auburn Way N to Auburn Station.

This opportunity is about elevating local histories and cultures by telling a story that unfolds over space and time. Stations, where riders begin and end their journeys, provide unique environments for sculptural intervention. Each I Line station will be distinct – designed to accommodate specific needs and passenger volumes. Some will see more than 350 people during peak hours and feature amenities like shelters, benches, bike racks, signage, card readers, leaning rails, lighting, and more. They will be experienced up close, day after day by those using public transit and by passersby on foot, bike, and in vehicles in motion. How might little artworks add BIG moments of surprise and joy to these otherwise utilitarian places?

Nearby retaining walls, that will be constructed at the same time as the stations, offer possibilities for creative engagement as well. Complementary patterns, textures and/or imagery on these surfaces may enhance conceptual depth or help further narratives shaped by the sculptures.

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