Call for Applications: South County Recyciling / Transfer Station


Deadline: 2 April 2020

Budget: $500,000 OR $540,000
Two budget options are available for this opportunity with specific application requirements:

  1. Non-mentorship option for individual artists and artist teams: $500,000 (Budget is inclusive of artist fee, fabrication and installation of artwork(s), applicable taxes and travel)
  2. Mentorship option for artists applying as mentor and mentee artist(s): $540,000 (Budget is inclusive of artist fees for both the mentor and mentee artist(s), fabrication and installation of artwork(s), applicable taxes and travel. $40,000 will be held aside to pay the mentee artist(s) directly. If there are multiple mentee artists, that amount will be divided evenly between them.)


Open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. Artists whose work is focused on sustainability and the environment, reuse of materials, and/or naturally-sourced materials are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with cultural connections to The Muckleshoot Tribe of Indians and those who identify as Indigenous or underrepresented as well as artists who have an interest or history in education or mentorship of emerging artists are also strongly encouraged to apply.


4Culture and King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) seek an artist or artist-led team to create site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the new South County Recycling & Transfer Station (SCRTS). Artworks can respond but are not limited to the following site-factors, considerations and typologies:

Habitat/Ecologies: the site is currently home to three wetlands and an Algona Creek Tributary, which will need to be partially re-routed to accommodate the new facility. Additionally, approximately 200 mature and old-growth trees will be removed from the property. While new plantings will be made, this is a giant loss of habitat. The construction project will strive to mitigate these impacts and new habitat will be created. It is an opportunity for an artist to play a role in that goal, considering our connection to our waterways and our equitable access to nature. It also presents an opportunity for use of materials reclaimed from the site, including the felled trees themselves. Not only will there be strong siting opportunities at the facility site itself, there is also the option to consider additional artworks for an off-site wetland preserve or other wetland property development to be planned by King County and the City of Algona.

We stand on Indigenous Land: this site is proximal to the Muckleshoot Tribal Reservation. The Muckleshoot are a Lushootseed Native American tribe, part of the Coast Salish peoples of the Pacific Northwest whose traditional territory and reservations are located in the area of Auburn, Washington. This is an opportunity to engage an artist that self-identifies as Muckleshoot, Indigenous or has a connection to Coast Salish and Salishan culture and histories. The Muckleshoot have a long tradition of artist mentorship and training within the tribe – and that tradition must be preserved and teaching continued.


You must submit the following materials via online application. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

  1. Profile (Contact information for yourself or all members of your team if applying as a team.)
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Résumé
  4. Work Samples

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