Public Art News


Project: Downtown Signals & Lighting Upgrades – 4th Avenue, E street to A street  

Deadline for Entries: August 20, 2021  11:59 PM MST 

Amount of Commission: $30,000 

Eligibility: International Call ​

The art selection jury intends to commission one sculptural installation totaling $30,000 to be permanently installed in an area of widened sidewalk landscape at the intersection of 4th Avenue and B street. The landscaped area will be an addition to the sidewalk  extension on the 4th Avenue block between B and C streets. The designated area is identified as an entry corridor to downtown and the Anchorage Design District. 

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Project:  AWWU Ship Creek Water Treatment Facility Ship Creek Trail 

Deadline for Entries: July 23, 2021 11:59 PM MST 


Amount of Commission: $80,000 

Eligibility: National Call 


The art selection jury intends to commission one art installation totaling $80,000 to be permanently installed along the Ship Creek trail. The designated area of the trail for a public art installation is located in a light industrial area where the trail passes over both Ship Creek and the Alaska Railroad train tracks. The Ship Creek trail connects Downtown Anchorage to the Mountain View Community and contributes to one of the best urban trail systems in the United States, the 32 mile long “Moose Loop.”  

 A past addition to the Ship Creek Water Treatment Facility added public artwork to the facility, “Coriolis”, a suspended glass bead sculpture by Jeanne Leffingwell in 1987. The Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility has directed this public art project to the Ship Creek trail in order to better reach the public and connect the natural resource to its every day use and stewardship.



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