Mobile artwork 'Blue House' provides tips on energy conservation while roving Seattle on alternative fuel truck
SEATTLE — The mobile artwork There's No Place Like Home, also known as the Blue House, is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Created by Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, the 13'9" tall Victorian house will roam the streets of Seattle on an alternative energy truck with accompanying singing bears and gnomes delivering messages of energy conservation and sustainability. Neare, recipient of a 2012 Mayor's Arts Award for her acclaimed, large-scale, whimsical theatrical performances, created the installation to celebrate home stewardship through energy conservation in recognition of Seattle City Light and Community Power Works, the city of Seattle's energy upgrade program. The first stop on the tour is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., 98108. All performances are free.
"Part of the Community Power Works mission is to encourage people to engage in home stewardship through energy efficiency and conservation," said Joshua Curtis, Community Power Works program manager. "Lucia's project enables us to communicate with a wide group of people about how Community Power Works can help them to do that."
"As I was creating There's No Place Like Home I was thinking about the values of stewardship, nurturance, and care for our homes and planet," said Neare. Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders is known for creating site-based, participatory outdoor performances that involve hundreds of performers, huge mobile sets, larger-than-life costumes, and live orchestra and dance.
The "Housewarming Party" on Oct. 21 will be followed by a number of tours through Seattle neighborhoods and other performances including Nov. 24 for Seattle Center's Winterfest and Dec. 8 for the Greenlake Festival of Lights. Specific dates, times and locations can be found at www.bluehouseseattle.org. Seattleites are also encouraged to follow the Blue House's adventures via Facebook at facebook.com/BlueHouseSeattle and on Twitter @BlueHouseSEA.
There's No Place Like Home is inspired by Community Power Works, a program helping homeowners and businesses save energy, often with specialized rebates, incentives and financing. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, the program complements the energy efficiency and conservation work of Seattle City Light. Community Power Works runs until June 2013 and businesses and homeowners must sign up in the next few months to take advantage of the program. The Blue House is taking its message to the streets now to encourage enrollment.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle City Light and Community Power Works, commissioned Neare to create the artwork as part of an effort to bring awareness to the city's energy conservation programs. The project is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and is administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The Blue House is built on a bio-fuel truck from the Sustainable Fuel Coop.
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Community Power Works delivers energy efficiency solutions to Seattle's residential and business communities while working to create economic growth. The program helps Seattleites save energy while making their homes and businesses healthier, safer and more comfortable.
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.
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