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Outdoor art proposals sought


April 15, 2013

Arlington sign

Arlington plans to enhance entryway signage and a street reconstruction project with artwork, and the city has issued a Call for Proposals for the two distinct opportunities.

In partnership with the Arlington Arts Council, the city is seeking proposals from artists who work in outdoor, durable materials for two entryway signs and a retaining wall that will be part of the 67th Avenue work.

Two “Welcome to Arlington” signs featuring local art have already been installed, one at Island Crossing on SR 530, and the second at 172nd Street. The Island Crossing sign features ceramic fish sculptures by Marguerite Goff; a native-inspired raptor design by artist Barry Herem adorns the 172nd St. sign. A third sign was recently installed in the roundabout at SR9 and 172nd St. NE, featuring a deer scene by Caroline Sumpter.

Proposals for artistic designs are being accepted for the two final signs, planned for installation on SR 9 north of Haller Park and SR 530 north of Twin Rivers Park. Art elements should reflect Arlington’s natural or cultural identity.

The city has budgeted $3,000 each for art elements on the welcome signs, funded by the Arlington Arts Council and a lodging tax grant from Snohomish County.

Coinciding with the reconstruction work on 67th Avenue NE now underway, a portion of the Centennial Trail that runs alongside the street will be bordered by a decorative concrete block retaining wall. Five insets for artwork are included in the wall’s design, 20 inches by 37 inches and placed approximately 75 feet apart. Artists may propose one piece of art for a single insert, or a series of five pieces.

$1,000 for each inset, including taxes and installation, is budgeted as part of the street project.

Proposals for the entryway signs are due by June 30, 2013; retaining wall artwork submissions must be made by July 30, 2013. Proposals must include the artist’s resume, up to five digital photographs of his or her work, a description of the proposal and a sketch of the proposed design.

Submit proposals to Sarah Lopez at the City of Arlington, 238 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223; or email to For information on either project, phone Lopez at (360) 403-3448 or Sarah Arney, president of the Arlington Arts Council, at (360) 435-3778.


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