Coffey Park Public Art


As the selected artist for the project, Wowhaus was required to undertake research and discussion with stakeholders and thoughtfully engage the Coffey Park neighborhood to develop a concept proposal for the public art project, as well as collaborate with the park design team incorporate the art into the site.

  • Wowhaus talked about the project and shared their work with Schaefer Charter School students at a school assembly in May, 2019.
  • A hands-on neighborhood workshop was held on on June 8, 2019 to gather creative ideas for the artwork.
  • An online survey was used to gather additional input about preferences for the artwork.
  • Wowhaus presented a design concept for the artwork at a meeting on July 13, 2019. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION. (PDF)
  • The design developed and presented by Wowhaus has been reviewed and well received by the City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, City of Santa Rosa Parks Department, and Carlile Macy Landscape Architects who are all enthusiastic to move forward in order to meet the Summer 2020 installation time frame.
  • The Coffey Park community is being invited to respond to a final survey to provide input on specific design components, siting of the artwork and overall satisfaction with the design. 

The next step is to bring the design to the Art in Public Places Committee for final approval. It is anticipated that the artwork will be installed in Summer 2020.

About the Artists
Wowhaus, the team of Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable, was selected after an extensive review process and approved by the Art in Public Places Committee.  Founded in 1997, Wowhaus is a multi-disciplinary art/design collaborative whose award-winning work over the past two decades spans public art, social practice, architecture and furniture design. “We are deeply inspired by the opportunity to create artwork that contributes to the healing and rebuilding of the Coffey Park community in Santa Rosa. As artists who live and work in nearby Sebastopol, we understand the deep impact the fire has had – and continues to have – on the community [and] the extraordinary strength and character of our region. We are enthusiastic to work with Coffey Park community members to develop unique artwork that both commemorates the fire and celebrates the identity and resiliency of their neighborhood, heralding its vibrant future.” To find out more about the artists, please visit their website.

Description of Project Opportunity: Coffey Neighborhood Park Public Art
The artist or artist team selected for this project will be required to undertake research and discussion with stakeholders and thoughtfully engage the Coffey Park neighborhood to develop a concept proposal for the public art project. From preliminary surveys of the neighborhood, residents indicate a preference for interactive and functional public art, including playground equipment and seating. The public art should be integrated into the design of the park as much as possible. Design elements should reflect the identity and resiliency of the Coffey Park neighborhood and respectfully commemorate the Tubbs Fire.

The City of Santa Rosa recently approved the Master Plan for the park. To find out more about the design and construction, click HERE.

Project Location
Installation will be sited at Coffey Neighborhood Park (1524 Amanda Place, Santa Rosa, CA) in Northwest Santa Rosa. The park is located at the heart of the heavily fire-damaged Coffey Park Neighborhood.

Project Budget
The total available funding for the project is now $110,000, including very generous donations of $50,000 from Rotary International District 5130 Sonoma County Fire Relief Committee, and $10,000 from Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West, as well as $50,000 from the City of Santa Rosa’s Public Art Fund.