The City issued a Request for Qualifications in February 2017 seeking individuals or teams to work with City staff and community stakeholders to design artwork to be installed within or adjacent to a portion of a new pervious sidewalk to be installed along W. Maplewood Avenue, between Northwest Avenue and Alderwood Avenue in the Birchwood Neighborhood. (Click here for additional information about these improvements)
After reviewing the six proposals that were submitted, the City entered into a contract with artist Jennifer Kuhns of JK Mosaic. The public art project she will be working on, with the help of the community, is funded through the City's One Percent for the Arts Program, which has allocated $25,000 of the overall project budget to this effort.
Ms. Kuhns will create two mosaic mandalas which will be inlayed into the sidewalk at key locations on either end of the sidewalk improvements. Each mandala is planned to be approximately 4' 8" in diameter and will include renditions of natural plant life and wildlife that can be found in the area.
Additionally, three light poles will be adorned at the base with mosaic artwork depicting "flower faces" created by local children at a public involvement event held at the Squalicum Park Picnic Shelter in June, 2017. More information about Ms. Kuhns's work is available at www.jkmosaic.com and her Letter of Interest to the City can be found here.
The art installation is slated to occur in the Spring of 2018.