City, Metro Parks Tacoma seek artist for Water Flume Line Trail, Oak Tree Park

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma are seeking artists or artist teams who live in Oregon or Washington State to submit qualifications for a $95,000 commission to create a permanent public artwork or series of artworks for the adjoining Water Flume Line Trail and Oak Tree Park.

The Water Flume Line Trail is a historic corridor that is being rebuilt into a six-and-a-half mile long path for bicyclists and pedestrians, connecting South Tacoma to the Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma, starting at the south end of Oak Tree Park. In April, bicyclists and pedestrians joined City of Tacoma officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the second phase of work to restore the historic Water Flume Line Trail near South 74th Street and South Cedar Street in Tacoma (see “Water Flume Line: Bicyclists, pedestrians celebrate historic trail restoration,” Tacoma Daily Index, April 30, 2015).

The selected artist or team will help increase visibility for Oak Tree Park and the Water Flume Line Trail, connect both assets to the surrounding community, and enhance the user experience. “We are delighted to partner with Metro Parks Tacoma to commission new artwork for South Tacoma,” said City of Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “The Water Flume Line Trail and Oak Tree Park are both fabulous neighborhood assets, and we’re excited to use public art to help improve connectivity and user experience throughout.”

The application deadline expires on Mon., Jan. 11, 2016. More information is available online here and here.

Tacoma's historic Water Flume Line Trail. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Tacoma’s historic Water Flume Line Trail. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the historic Water Flume Line Trail, click on the following links: