Expression of Interest Fire Escape Stairs

City of New Westminster


Located at the centre of lower mainland, New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada and the first capital of British Columbia. In 2012, the City of New Westminster adopted its first Public Art Policy which lays out the foundation for creating a critical and engaging Public Art Program. The Policy aims to create a dynamic visual expression in the urban landscape. The specific goals are to be diverse and inclusive, to animate New Westminster’s public realm and draw attention to the city as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.

The demolition of the Western portion of the Front Street parkade in 2016 required removal of the existing ramps and stairs linking two buildings (600 and 642 Columbia Street) to the parkade structure. After removal of the old connections, new fire egress stairways were required to be installed for these buildings.

An opportunity exists to create a public art or design aesthetic enhancement to Fire Exit Stairs at 642 Columbia Street. The intervention should activate the stairwell with an innovative and interactive public art work. The artist will be responsible for design, fabrication and installation of the artwork. The objectives of the project are:

  • To enhance the appearance of the staircase and add to the overall attractiveness of the public space around the structure
  • To develop a sense of place, community pride and identity through the creation of the public art work
  • To create a contemporary and innovative art installation that inspires residents and visitors
  • To integrate programmable, multimedia or new media component such as light or sound


This project is open to professional artists and artist teams. Qualified artists will have experience working collaboratively with other professional disciplines. City of New Westminster Council, staff and the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee members, selection panel members, project personnel and immediate family members are not eligible to apply.


Deadline for SubmissionsMarch 1, 2018 4:30pm PST

Budget: $70,000 (The artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs including but not limited to artist fees, studio overhead, consultant fees (structural, electrical, etc.), artwork fabrication, site preparation, travel, transportation, traffic control, installation, all taxes and general liability insurance.)



Please download and review EOI_Fire_Escape_Stairs_at_642_Columbia_Call.pdf or visit for complete details.