Artwork in development

Image of Walking Fingers, 2015, Ellen Forney; Capitol Hill Station, west entry
Walking Fingers, 2015, Ellen Forney; Capitol Hill Station, west entry

Featured artwork: © Ellen Forney, Walking Fingers, 2016, all rights reserved

Sound Transit is committed to integrating art and artist thinking into the design and construction of transit facilities and public spaces by involving artists in the station design process. As partners in the development of over 40 miles of new light rail connections, the Sound Transit Art Program (STart) has identified many opportunities for artwork to enrich our system for our patrons and the communities surrounding our stations.

STart, Sound Transit's art program, features world class artworks by nationally renowned artist as well as emerging public artists. Many live in the Pacific Northwest. Their work represents a diverse range of style, scale and perspective that creates welcoming and engaging environments for riders and others who interact with stations and construction sites.

Enjoy these artworks along your journey.

Call to Artists

Perimeter screening artwork project

Operations and Maintenance Facility East, Bellevue, WA
Sound Transit Art Program (STart)
Design budget: $75,000 (all-inclusive of fees, costs, and taxes)
Fabrication and installation budget: $750,000 (all-inclusive of all fees, costs, travel and taxes)
Eligibility: open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in the United States
Application: Submission of an online application is required for this opportunity
Deadline: 5 p.m. PST on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

4Culture will manage the application and artist selection process for this Sound Transit art opportunity.

Full RFQ for this project

More information and full Request for Qualifications is available here: http://www.4culture.org/publicart/calls/17/Sound_Transit/4Culture_Sound_Transit_Call.pdf

Artwork project description

Due to sight lines and the future trail activity, the most significant opportunity at the OMFE is its perimeter fence, particularly on the facility's western edge. The OMFE's design/build contractor will work with the selected artist to develop the supporting structure for this perimeter fence and will fabricate and install that structure and concrete base.

Summary

The Sound Transit Art Program (STart) is developing a major artwork to screen the perimeter of a planned train yard in Bellevue, Washington, otherwise known as the Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility: East (OMFE). STart is seeking a professional artist who demonstrates an interest in, and has past experience developing, lineal artwork. The artwork response is anticipated to be fabricated largely in metal. Submission requirements for this art opportunity are detailed below.

OMFE project summary

Sound Transit, based in Seattle, Washington, is in the design and construction phase for Link light rail corridors north, south and east of Seattle. The agency is building a network of light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit to serve the greater Puget Sound metropolitan area, including cities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

To care for the additional 90 light rail vehicles that will be added to the fleet when those light rail extensions open, Sound Transit is building a second train yard that will be in Bellevue, Washington. The OMFE will be a nearly 25-acre, rectangular switching yard, with maintenance and operations buildings clustered in its center. The south and east edges of the facility are being designed to accommodate future "transit-oriented development" projects, while the north and west sides of the facility will abut a bicycle/pedestrian trail and protected wetlands.

Figure 1: Schematic plan of the OMFE showing the perimeter fence locations in black. The identified art opportunity is along the western edge of the site, at the top of the schematic.

Figure 1: Schematic plan of the OMFE showing the perimeter fence locations in black. The identified art opportunity is along the western edge of the site, at the top of the schematic. Click the image for a larger version.

Current projects

STart creates welcoming and engaging environments for riders and others who interact with stations and construction sites.

Current Link projects:

East Link Extension

Northgate Link Extension

South 200th Link Extension

Current Sounder projects:

  • Tacoma Trestle
  • Tacoma Gateway
    • Sean Orlando is designing a substantial installation that will act as a gateway to downtown Tacoma, for the Pacific Avenue and South 26th Street area. Design concepts for the art will be available in early 2015.

Temporary Art at Construction Sites

Contact us

Barbara Luecke
Art Program Manager
206-398-5059
barbara.luecke@soundtransit.org

Tim Marsden
Art Collection Specialist
206-903-7537
tim.marsden@soundtransit.org

Mylinda Sneed
Public Art Coordinator
206-689-4978
mylinda.sneed@soundtransit.org

Kurt Kiefer
Senior Project Manager
206-903-7665
kurt.kiefer@soundtransit.org