Covington Arts Commission
Submission deadline: 4/22/2019, 5 PM

The City of Covington and the Covington Arts Commission announce a Call for Artists to submit proposals for the signature piece of public art to be permanently installed in the main entrance of Covington Community Park.

The City and Commission seek artists to develop and create a unique piece of art that not only welcomes visitors to the park but also draws people from far and wide to our community to see a regionally loved treasure. The Commission is searching for well-qualified applicants who are both professional and emerging 3D artists residing in the Great Northwest—Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Artist teams are welcome to apply as well.

About Covington Community Park:

Covington Community Park is located at the southwest corner of 180th Avenue SE and SE 240th Street.

Park features include an Athletic Field, Fitness Equipment, Trails (ADA Accessible), Natural Areas, Interpretive Sign Program, Margaret Harto Pavilion, Picnic Shelters, Playground, Tennis/Pickleball Court, Restrooms, Concessions, Parking, Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The park has been built in phases. The first phase was completed in 2013 and added an athletic field, trails, and parking on the site. The second phase was just recently completed in 2018 and includes all the remaining elements now found at the park. A future phase of construction will fully build-out the park with additional athletic fields but currently is unfunded.

Covington Community Park is an outdoor center of community activity for recreation, relaxation, education, nature exploration, sporting events, live performances as well as engaging and creative community events.

The Margaret Harto Pavilion is an outdoor stage designed to support a wide range of public performances. The pavilion stage structure is covered by a live green roof that is visible from the main entrance to the park.

All applications must be submitted through CaFE™, http://www.callforentry.org/, an online application tool. If additional information is needed, please contact Pat Patterson at ppatterson@covingtonwa.gov or call him at 253-480-2482

About the City of Covington:

Covington was originally known as Jenkins Prairie which was used by ancestors of the Muckleshoot tribe. At the end of the 1800’s, the Northern Pacific Railway added a new east-west cut-off from Auburn across Stampede Pass to Kanaskat, Washington. Richard Covington, a surveyor for the Northern Pacific Railroad, established the line through western Washington to complete the route from St Paul, Minnesota, to Auburn. In 1900, during the building of the Palmer Cut-Off, the Northern Pacific installed a passing track, a loading track, a section house and other facilities to support steam locomotives at Covington. By 1908 the tiny village was home to the Covington Lumber Company, which had set up a mill capable of cutting 85,000 board feet of timber a day. Reference: Washington, Covington – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covington,_Washington

Waterways include Jenkins Creek and tributaries to the Soos Creek. Native trees include Garry oaks, Douglas fir, red alders, western red cedar, Pacific dogwood, western big-leaf maples, and vine maples. Native shrubs: include lady ferns, common camas, yarrow, ox-eyed daisy, bleeding heart, sala, and many others.

Artwork specifications and budget:

Artwork may be in any media and must be durable, suitable for outdoors and able to withstand the elements as well as interaction with pedestrians and the general public. Works may be functional or non-functional. Existing sculptures as well as artwork proposals are accepted. Proposals can be submitted as a sketch/illustration along with examples of other work that demonstrates artistry, proficiency and finish quality.

The art envelope requirement is 8 feet wide by 5 feet deep by 18 feet tall. Project budget is not to exceed $25,000. For application guidelines and submission requirements, contact Pat Patterson at ppatterson@covingtonwa.gov 

All applications must be submitted through CaFETM, www.callforentry.org, an online application tool. If additional information is needed, please contact Pat Patterson at ppatterson@covingtonwa.gov or call him at 253-480-2482.