Seattle Center News
Artists-at-Play Planning Process
A call for qualifications has been announced for a children's play area at Seattle Center.
Coming to Seattle Center in 2014
Initial planning work on a new partnership project began in late 2012 to enliven Next 50 Plaza with an artist(s)-created children's play area. After meetings earlier in 2013 to determine direction and advisory group membership, a partnership of Center Art LLC, Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation convened the nine-member advisory group to help develop a project scope and artist/designer selection guidelines for an artful play space to be located on the former North Fun Forest site at Seattle Center.
On August 6, the partnership announced a call for an experienced and imaginative Pacific Northwest artist/design team to provide design and fabrication services for the Artists at Play project. The deadline for the call was in early September. A selection panel compromised of members of the greater community and Seattle Center has reviewed the submissions and is in the process of choosing an artist team for the project. An announcement is expected in mid-November.
The play area will help reinvent and enliven up to a three-acre area within the former Fun Forest North site at Seattle Center. Private funding for the project is provided by Center Art LLC, as a provision of its lease for the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. The total project design and construction budget is $800,000. Design work and construction will take place in 2014.