The City of Normandy Park Arts Commission recently announced a Call for Artists for a sculpture for Nist Family Park.

This request for proposals is seeking artists who will design and create a sculpture for Nist Park, located at 242 SW Normandy Road (map below).

Proposed designs “should tell a story and reflect the history, culture and environment of Nist Family Park and Normandy Park,” the commission said.

The application deadline is March 1, 2021 by 4 p.m.

Nist Family Park was donated to the City in 2002 from longtime resident Emmet J. Nist. Located in Manhattan View Neighborhood, this 5.23 acre park features woodland trails and an open sloping lawn which provides spectacular views over the community to the Salish Sea. Emmet’s farm was known for having a horse pasture with apple trees. “Tonto” was a beloved Arabian paint horse that lived on his farm for many years and was infamous for escaping and visiting neighboring backyards. This park has excellent winter sledding, picnic tables, a parking lot, and both forested and meadow walking trails. The park is home to fruit trees and an edible berry garden that neighbors enjoy during the growing season.

Submitted works will be evaluated based on four criteria:

    • Aesthetics – Characteristics such as being compelling, original, approachable, skillful, and satisfying.
    • Durability – The work must be able to be outdoors for many years, in an accessible, unregulated public park space. The sculpture must pass safety inspection prior to installation.
    • Safety – Does it have features that could cause injury to a person coming in contact with it? Would it invite climbing or other inappropriate interaction?
    • Suitability – This has two parts, one is whether the work would fit into the park environment. The other is whether it would be appropriate for viewing by our general population of Nist Park visitors.


    • Professional artists experienced in larger scale public art installation.
    • Local Washington State artists with sculpture abilities, but without largescale public art installation experience, are still encouraged to apply.


    • The selected artist will receive $16,000 for designing, creating, and transporting their artwork for Nist Park.


    • Color is encouraged and a color palette will be provided by the City.
    • The Artist is required to submit a minimum of two (2) images for review.
    • Artwork needs to illustrate theme, narrative, concepts and style and incorporate culture and history of Nist Park and Normandy Park.
    • Include a minimum one paragraph story behind the artwork. This will be used for self-guided tours and City publications.


In reviewing artist applications, we will be applying the following criteria:

  1. The sculpture celebrates the history of Emmet Nist, Nist Park and Normandy Park.
  2. The design is appropriate for a public park.
  3. The design demonstrates the ability of the Artist to complete this type of work.


    • March 1, 2021 by 4 p.m.

The City reserves the right to adjust the due date and to add additional rounds of calls for proposals and/or not award commission to any submission. All submitted artwork will become the property of the City and will not be returned to the Artist.


    • Call for artists: January 28, 2021
    • Proposals due & received: March 1, 2021 by 4:00 pm • Contract Award: April 1, 2021
    • Applicant notification: April 5, 2021
    • Final sculpture delivered: September 30, 2021
    • Installation: November 2021


Download a PDF of the application here.

For more information and the approved color palette, and site plan please contact Amanda León, Parks and Recreation Director, 206.735.0913, [email protected].

Nist Family Park is located at 242 SW Normandy Road: