Call for Artists!

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Sanctuary Arts Center and the UDP seek artists to design & install artwork on U District utility boxes

Utility boxes are a necessary part of the urban streetscape as the provide the essential controls to our traffic lights, however, they are simply there for “Utility” and to a passer-by amount to nothing more than a large grey obstruction. This project aims to build community through the transformation of the Utility Boxes in the U District from ordinary obstructions into community assets that contribute to both placemaking and wayfinding. The guiding theme in this project is to enhance the U District as an Urban Center in motion specializing in human connectivity. The project will be a highly visible and prominent series of artworks in one of Seattle’s Urban Centers. The design will need to be approved by SDOT based on their evaluation criteria can be found at

March 8th 2017 - Statement of Interest and Portfolio examples Due
March 29th– Interviewees Notified
April 19th  – Proposals Due
May 3rd – Artist or team selected
May 17th – Design Completion
May <–> June - Artwork Installed