Call for Duvall’s centennial project public art

  • Written by City of Duvall
The year 2013 will mark the City of Duvall’s Centennial.

The City wishes to commemorate this landmark event with public art and is seeking an artist or artists to create sculptures to be placed along a promenade leading to Depot and McCormick parks. The concept will be between three and five pieces and represent Duvall’s history.

This call is being managed by the City of Duvall Cultural Commission.


$35,000 for design, fabrication and installation.

Submission Deadline

December 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m.


This project is open to professional artists, 18 years of age or older, residing or currently working within the Puget Sound region and with previous experience in outdoor installations. Artists who demonstrate a connection to the Snoqualmie Valley are preferred.

Project Background

In 2008, Duvall undertook Main Street improvements within the Historic District. These included utility and roadway improvements and also included several aspects of public art with river and historical themes which added beautification, interest and a cohesive look to downtown.

The City wishes to expand the influence of public art.

In the winter/spring of 2013, the City will  be constructing the Centennial Project on NE Stephens Street  between Main Street and McCormick Park.

This project will provide safety, pedestrian and bicycle improvements to a corridor that connects visitors and citizens to the Historic Downtown businesses, Depot and McCormick parks, the Snoqualmie River and the 31.5 mile Snoqualmie Valley Trail system.

The project features an inviting promenade-style sidewalk up to 15 feet wide; as well as LED lighting, bike lanes, land-scaping and utility upgrades.

This project will provide an opportunity for public art installations.

The art is intended to:

• Visually draw visitors from Main Street to McCormick Park

• Inform viewers about different eras in Duvall’s history

The Site

The City is installing two gateways designed by KPG.

The upper gateway is roadway oriented and will be located on NE Stephens Street approximately 30 feet west of Main Street.

The second gateway is pedestrian oriented and will cross the sidewalk as it enters Depot and McCormick parks.


The project art will include either three or five pieces of sculpture located within a 15-foot sidewalk on the north side of NE Stephens Street. Total sidewalk length available is 280 feet. The art should visually draw the viewer from Main Street to the McCormick Park entrance with historically themed sculpture from the present, at the top gateway, to 1913, at the park entrance. The first installation will be May 31, 2013.

Additional pieces may be installed later in the year.

Artwork should be:

• No less than 2 feet and no more than 8 feet high

• Low maintenance and durable in an outdoor environment

• Able to tell a story that reflects one or more of the eras of Duvall

• May be interactive

Selection Process

The selection process will take place in two parts.

During the first round, an art review committee will review the applicant’s resume, letter of interest and images. The committee will identify up to five finalists to develop a design to be submitted for the second round.

The finalists will be compensated for this completed design. The art selection committee will then choose the artist or artists to create the work.

Selection Criteria

• Ability to think conceptually and create artwork responsive to the site

• Visual impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic

• Ability to reflect the unique nature of this commission

• Adequate resources to complete project

• Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget

• Ability to work with the Duvall Public Works Dept. and within the project schedule


December 12, 4:30 p.m. -  application deadline

December 14, 9 a.m. -   notification for second round

To be determined -sSite/project orientation for finalists

January 24, 2013  - designs due

May 30, 2013 - first installation

July 10, 2013 - second installation

September 2013 - third installation

About Duvall

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Duvall enjoys a picturesque natural setting. The pop-ulation of 6,900 residents has a strong sense of community and is family oriented.

The historic business corridor is home to antique shops, restaurants, and a growing arts community. Duvall’s commercial base consists mainly of retail and service businesses.

Duvall is located on State Route 203, approximately 25 miles northeast of Seattle, a short commute away from high tech and industrial centers, and is a  bed-room community to these employment bases.

The City was incorporated January 6, 1913. Duvall sprang from the logging industry; producing high quality cedar shingles. Elements of Duvall’s first era include logging, the Milwaukee Northern Railroad, a paddleboat on the Snoqualmie River, a swing bridge, churches, a baseball park, a brass band, hotels ,and a theater with a piano. The City had regular dances at the old Grange Hall.

By the early 1930s, logging moved out of the City and farming became the main industry with hay, milk and beef production. The population dropped dramatically. During the war years, the small community held together doing its part with air raid and river watches.

The mid 1960s saw a resurgence of activity to the City when the counter-culture movement brought hippies to the area. This was the beginning of visual arts and crafts in Duvall. This era is known locally for “The Great Piano Drop”, a rock concert which took place in 1968 just outside the City limits. Other music festivals followed.

The era of technology began in the late 1980s as home building expanded east of 3rd Avenue. Workers from Boeing, who were willing to commute to work, came for the affordable homes. A new wave of resi-dents relocated from California looking for a gentler, family oriented home and employment at newly formed Microsoft and other high tech companies. Now some residents enjoy the ability to telecommute.

Going forward, Duvall must adapt to a fast-paced technical world while maintaining its rural, close knit atmosphere where people from all walks of life are embraced as part of the community.

Submission Process

Eligible artists interested in this opportunity must submit the following four items by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Email should be no larger than 19MB to ensure receipt. JPEG  files may be sent in separate emails as needed.

Or applications can be physically delivered to Art at City of Duvall, PO Box 1300,  15535 Main St. NE, Duvall, WA  98019.

• Letter of interest

Name, address, phone and email at the top of all pages.

In one page, describe your approach to creating public art, your relevant experience  and your interest in this opportunity.

• Professional resume including references

Name, address, phone and email at the top of all pages.

Resume should not exceed two pages and include names, titles, email, phone addresses of three references.

List most recent public art and/or art experience first.

• Images

Submit a minimum of six and maximum of 10 image files of your work.

We will not modify any image or document file.

Images should be “high” quality JPEG files at least 72ppi and less than 5MB each.

Image files must be individual images and titled with artist’s last name and a number  indicating the viewing order. Single digit number should begin with a “0.” Example:  Smith_01.jpg. Number must correspond to image list.

• Image List

Name, address, phone and email at the top of all pages.

Images should be numbered consecutively, listed in the order in which they are to  be viewed and include:

Title of artwork


Date work was completed


Location of work, funding agency or owner


Brief description of work

If part of collaboration, explain your role

For additional information,  contact Kass Holdeman, Duvall Community Coordinator at (425) 939-8069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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