Spokane Parks, Spokane Arts seeking local artist to create new piece for Riverfront Park

Renderings of Step Well
Credit: Spokane Arts

SPOKANE, Wash. – City of Spokane Parks & Recreation and Spokane Arts are looking for an artist to create a second interactive piece for Riverfront Park.

The new artwork is part of the park’s recent renovation and will be in addition to the already-approved StepWell piece.

Spokane Arts’ Executive Director Melissa Huggins said StepWell, which was created by Meejin Yoon, will be installed later this year, depending on when the general contractor can break ground. StepWell will be located in the West Havermale scope of the park redevelopment.

A location has not been chosen for the second art piece, but there are certain design requirements the selection committee would like to see in the final selection.

The artwork should be interactive, accessible and welcoming to the public. According to a release from Spokane Arts, one goal of the artwork will be to create an inviting destination for citizens, neighbors and visitors to the park.

“The addition of engaging, interactive elements in our urban park creates community gathering space for people of all ages and background, provides destinations for visitors, and develops cultural touchstones that, over time, become part of the fabric of Spokane and a source of civic pride,” said Huggins. “Public art like Ken Spiering’s ‘Childhood Express’ (known as the Big Red Wagon), and Sister Paula Turnbull’s Garbage Goat, are widely beloved; they continually delight residents and tourists alike. This new piece of artwork will build on and expand that tradition.”

The artist selection process is a made up of two parts. The initial application, which is due February 21, requests artists submit their qualifications and examples of their past work. A group of finalists will then be invited to submit a design and proposal.

The call is open to artists in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, but Huggins said preference may be given to local artists.

Those interested in applying can find more about the project here.