November 20, 2023
November 16, 2023
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has long been recognized for its commitment to inclusivity and celebrating diversity. In a groundbreaking move, SEA has unveiled its brand-new, multi-user all-gender restroom on the D Concourse. This is a significant step toward inclusivity, considering that fewer than 10 airports across the United States currently have all-gender restrooms. We couldn't be more excited about this positive change and the powerful statement it makes in support of the LGBTQIA+ community!
Now, let’s look behind the scenes and share the evolution of merging meaningful art with this remarkable project. In 2022, the Restroom Renovation project team approached the Public Art Program at SEA to collaborate on creating a welcoming restroom entrance. Have you ever stood in front of an empty wall and thought it could use some art? Us too! After brainstorming various concepts, the joint team decided to transform the entrance into a salon-style art wall. This unique approach not only celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community but also provides a safe and inclusive environment for all travelers.
The Port of Seattle's Public Art Program issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) at the end of 2022, inviting visual and multidisciplinary artists or artist teams to submit artworks that represent, welcome, or support the LGBTQIA+ community. The RFQ garnered a remarkable response, with numerous artists and galleries answering the call. A three-person selection panel was entrusted with reviewing the submissions:
The panel carefully reviewed the submitted artworks, and ultimately selected 22 artworks by 12 talented local and national artists for the 45-foot-long wall in front of the D2 Restroom.
Let's take a closer look at the amazing pieces that were selected:
The following artworks were acquired through local galleries:
These three artworks were acquired through the Greg Kucera Gallery:
The next two artworks were submitted by PDX Contemporary Art, located in Portland, Oregon:
We extend our sincere gratitude to the architects, project, and design team involved for their invaluable support in presenting and protecting these extraordinary artworks. Their expertise and dedication have played a crucial role in creating a space that not only showcases the diverse talents of the artists but also ensures the long-term preservation and enjoyment of these remarkable pieces. Their commitment to integrating art into the airport environment has truly enhanced the overall experience for passengers and visitors alike.
The artwork displayed on the salon-style wall creates an interactive experience, inviting passengers and employees to engage with the artworks and reflect on the diverse experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. By encouraging conversations and raising awareness, the restroom becomes a catalyst for positive change and greater understanding among all travelers. This new restroom is also a testament to the airport’s commitment to providing facilities that meet the needs of every individual, regardless of their gender identity. As we continue to strive for inclusivity in all aspects of society, let’s embrace the power of art to create meaningful connections and foster understanding.
Whether you are a traveler passing through SEA or a member of the local community, take a moment to appreciate this unique and inspiring space on the D Concourse. It’s a reminder that every individual deserves to be seen, respected, and celebrated for who they are.
Remember to capture the beauty of these artworks and share them on social media, tagging us @FlySEA and using the hashtag #PublicArt@SEA. Let’s spread the message of respect, inclusivity, and pride together!
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