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Project Description

This is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to create a public art Gateway at a size and scale that has never before been done before in the City of Lake Oswego! The City of Lake Oswego through its agent, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, is looking for proposals for a commissioned public art gateway at Highway 43 and Terwilliger Boulevard. The project will produce a public artwork that will define the Northeastern gateway (entrance) into Lake Oswego. The artwork will be an indicator of a boundary as people cross over from one place into another and shall create a sense of place and be associated with the identity of Lake Oswego. The site of the work is accessible from Highway 43 and Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard and is flanked by Tryon Creek State Park to the east and Tryon Cove Park to the west. Though accessible mainly by vehicular traffic, there are also bike and walking paths adjacent to the proposed site.

Project Goals and Scope

  • Design, fabricate and install an original iconic landmark art piece
  • Welcome people into the City of Lake Oswego at Northeastern Gateway (without text)
  • Public artwork of a substantial scale
  • A marker that invokes a sense of place
  • Highly visible

The Selection Committee will work with the artist (or team) to finalize the schematic design and integration of artwork with the site. Submissions will be evaluated by the Selection Committee based upon the overall quality and merit of the artists’ past works. The Selection Committee will screen the artists’ applications and may select five or more finalists who will be paid a modest design fee for an interview with the Art Selection Committee and presentation of conceptual design proposals. Contracts and final budgets will also be discussed at that time.


Artists who submit proposals are encouraged to be innovative and think creatively for this Gateway piece. Gateways are transitions between different areas of the community. By facilitating a sense of arrival, or departure, gateways serve navigational and placemaking functions. The Northeastern Gateway, identified in the 2016-2021 Public Art Master Plan, will enhance Lake Oswego’s commitment to nurturing a creative and vibrant community and will help build the City’s reputation as an arts destination.

Lake Oswego has an established public art program (Gallery Without Walls) that works to integrate art into the daily lives of local residents and visitors to the community by presenting works from regional, national, and international artists that resonate with people of diverse backgrounds. The Gateway project seeks artists working in a variety of media and encourage proposals that engage, educate, and inspire. This Gateway project is an opportunity for unconventional ideas for what can define a place.

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