TAXIWAY ASPHALT ART PROJECT

The taxiway runs the length of the Northern side of Seaplane Lagoon. It's an impressively huge stretch of concrete with incredible views of the Bay and of the San Francisco skyline.  WEAD is inviting artists to unleash their creativity on this massive canvas and create something memorable and playful to inject some colour into the concrete jungle.  

CALL FOR ARTISTS open from May 27th to June 24th 2022 

West End Arts District (WEAD) invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the Taxiway Asphalt Art Project.



Project Description  


The taxiway is a 13 acre concrete/asphalt slab connecting the newly developed Alameda Point Waterfront District, and the ever-popular wineries, breweries and distilleries of Spirit’s Alley along Monarch Street. The new Waterfront Park recently opened at the eastern end of the taxiway. An extension of the park bordering the taxiway is anticipated during the next development phase. The taxiway is already a popular spot for walking, biking, skating and occasionally landsailing. With the development of the new Park and a temporary performance space coming soon, this area has the potential to become a focus for community gathering and WEAD believes that a large-scale Asphalt art work will encourage people to appreciate the value and potential of this waterfront expanse.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for the Taxiway Asphalt Art mural. The primary goal of the project is to beautify and revitalize the area, encouraging people to use it for recreation,
cycling, and walking. The secondary goal is to connect the two ends of the taxiway, creating a walking ‘path’ between the new development and the businesses on Monarch Street. A further consideration in the design and implementation is the representation and engagement of the diverse communities currently living and working in Alameda Point.


Application Process 

Interest Artists should submit the following documents by 
email to tara@westendartsdistrict.org

1. Contact Details
2. Letter of Interest - Provide a description of your artistic focus, career highlights and qualifications and particular interest in this project.
3. Resume - If you are applying as a team, please include your team/ studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes of each team member into one document.
4. Up to 5 Samples of Previous Work

Project Timeline

RFQ released May 27, 2022
RFQ deadline June 24, 2022
Primary Round Selection Panel Meeting June 27, 2022
Applicant Notification via email June 28, 2022
Finalist site visit June 20, 2022
Submission of full proposals July 2, 2022
Zoom interviews with finalists July 4-9, 2022
Applicant Notification via email July 12, 2022
Final Design and Budget complete Nov 1, 2022
Installation of Artwork Q3 2023

WEAD staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PT) on the deadline date, June 24th,2022. Please contact Tara Pilbrow at tara@westendartsdistrict.org, or 415-309-8565.
Photos by Maurice Ramirez Photography