Artist sought for work at West Seattle’s Fire Station 32

January 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 9 Comments

Another public-art project is in the works for a West Seattle fire station. This time, it’s Station 32 in The Triangle (38th and Alaska), which has a $15 million rebuild coming up in a few years. The city has just put out an invitation for artists to apply for what would be a $90,000 commission, including the design and construction of the artwork. See the full details here; the application deadline is February 22nd.

9 Comments

  1. Holy $h&* that’s a lot of money to spend on a non-essential. But ya know, I’m kind of getting desensitized to people wasting my money on stuff I wouldn’t buy for myself. Proper bus service to West Seattle, what?

    Comment by Tuesday — 6:00 pm January 16, 2013 #

  2. This is absolutely outrageous. Don’t you think $90,000 would have been better spent replacing the recently stolen elementary school computers or doing something ESSENTIAL for the community?

    Comment by Philosurfy — 7:16 pm January 16, 2013 #

  3. Is this part of the one percent for the arts?
    That, I think, is automatically part of city building projects costs.

    Comment by patt — 8:09 pm January 16, 2013 #

  4. Yep. 1% of the project budget “for the arts”!
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    The city council it was a cool idea back in the 70′s – probably never realized how significant 1% would be in today’s budgets…
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    http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/default.asp

    Comment by Jason — 8:25 pm January 16, 2013 #

  5. Yep, thanks to the “1% for the arts.” Way too much money to be spent on a piece of art at a fire station.

    I guarantee the firefighters are rolling their eyes and shaking their collective heads, as this type of money could be better spent.

    And since we’re talking about the Seattle Fire Department and the Station Replacement Levy, does anyone realize that it’s been almost 10–Yes, TEN YEARS–since the “Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy” was passed?!? The city didn’t even break ground for the first neighborhood fire station until 2009! And, the first neighborhood station wasn’t even completed until late 2009.

    And to top it all off, the entire program was underfunded from the get-go.

    I guess the gears of Seattle government turn even slower than the federal government. Lame….

    Comment by Chris — 9:51 pm January 16, 2013 #

  6. How about you take that $90,000 and make permanent housing for the Nickelsville folks so they can get back on their feet. It blows my mind how so much money gets wasted on such unnecessary things.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 9:54 pm January 16, 2013 #

  7. Just how much bus service do you think $90k buys, Tuesday?

    Comment by datamuse — 10:53 pm January 16, 2013 #

  8. Alki Resident, and then the residents of Nickelsville could donate their time to paint the firehouse and everybody wins!

    Comment by Chris W — 11:09 pm January 16, 2013 #

  9. I think $90,000 for public art is fine. I only wish the requirements were that the artist be someone from Western Washington or Seattle. Artists are part of our community and we need to support them.

    I’d personally love to see native/first nation art at this location.

    Comment by Jody Rodgers — 1:23 am January 17, 2013 #

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