City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Temporary artworks flourish throughout Seattle this summer
6/26/2013  3:00:00 PM

Temporary artworks flourish throughout Seattle this summer
An interactive project on the waterfront kicks off the program July 1

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is expanding their presentation of temporary artworks with an array of short-term projects across the city this summer. The projects will include an interactive pottery station on the Central Waterfront by Dane Youngren, an installation by Elizabeth Gahan and movable camera obscura booths by Joseph Park and Claude Zervas at Westlake Park, and a dozen artworks along the Central Waterfront and Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway for Art Interruptions 2013. The temporary artworks program found success with last year's inaugural presentation of Art Interruptions, which gained national recognition from Americans for the Arts' Year in Review. Temporary artworks require a far shorter timeframe to produce, offer opportunities for emerging artists to get experience with public commissions and provide interesting ways for residents and visitors to connect with artworks that are often surprising, humorous or interactive.

'Alaskan Way Viaduct Observation and Demolition Unit' by Dane Youngren
July 1 through Aug.10
Pier 62/63, Central Waterfront

Seattle artist Dane Youngren's installation responds to the ways downtown Seattle is changing as a result of the viaduct replacement, tunnel boring and seawall projects. The project will be take place on the Central Waterfront, in view of Alaskan Way and the viaduct. The Observation Unit is designed to blend into the cityscape as a mock-construction site, featuring construction fencing and custom-phrased construction signage. These signs offer humorous taglines, including “we promise not to bore you” and “exclusive tunnel vision goggles sold here.” An opening ceremony will be held 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 2. The work will be closed on July 4 and Aug. 1.

Participate: The project rests on the concept of an observation outpost with a studio art twist. In the midst of the construction, it provides a space where ceramic art can be created and explored in a collaborative studio setting. The public is invited to learn the basics of ceramics from Youngren and help create part of the project, 12 to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, for the duration of the project. Participation is free and on a first-come, first-serve, drop-in basis.

Commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Art and Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

'shadowcube: Postcard Project in the Park' by Joseph Park and Claude Zervas
July 12 through Aug. 12
Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle

Joseph Park and Claude Zervas will install four camera obscura booths that will allow viewers to project an image of the Westlake Park surroundings onto a postcard. The viewer can then trace a drawing of the projected image on the postcard to take as a keepsake. The Office of Arts & Culture will create a Facebook album of images sent by the public to the office's email address at

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, Monday, July 15, Wednesday, July 24, Thursday, August 1, Wednesday, August 7; 12 to 2 p.m., Monday, August 12. In case of rain, shadowcube's hours will be rescheduled. For scheduled rain dates visit

Commissioned with Seattle Parks & Recreation 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.

'Chromatic Crystallization (Seattle)' by Elizabeth Gahan
July 22 through Sept. 2
Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle

Seattle artist Elizabeth Gahan's “crystalline” installation, created from corrugated plastic and colorful vinyl, will appear to grow over the southern arch and central kiosk at Westlake Park. The vinyl's slick surface and vibrant hues will reflect the flashy exuberance and commercial center surrounding the park.

Commissioned with Seattle Parks & Recreation 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.

'Art Interruptions 2013'
Aug. 1 to Sept. 20, 2013
Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway & Central Waterfront

Twelve emerging artists will create temporary art installations along the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway and the Central Waterfront for Art Interruptions 2013. The artworks will inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day. Each artist will develop a series of artworks on display for approximately six weeks beginning in August.

Artists for the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway (beginning at Daejeon Park and heading south on 18th Avenue South, ending at 12th Avenue South and Lucille Street): Elizabeth Gahan, Brian Gerich and Ian Horton, Julia Haack, Joanne Lepore and Breanne Gearheart, Chris Papa, Annie Penta and Hollis Wong-Wear.

Artists for the Central Waterfront (on Alaskan Way between Piers 62/63 and Marion Street, including the Pike Street Hill Climb): Christian French, Jesse Link, Tim Marsden, Michiko Tanaka and Sam Trout.

Details on specific projects will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, take a look at last year's Art Interruptions projects.

Commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Art and Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

About Seattle's Public Art Program
Seattle was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance in 1973. For 40 years, our public art program has integrated artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity. Seattle's collection includes more than 420 permanently sited and integrated works and nearly 3,000 portable works. Artworks are commissioned through a public process, and artists are selected through panels comprised of professional visual artists along with community and city representatives. The percent-for-art ordinance specifies that one percent of eligible city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase and installation of artworks in a variety of settings. By providing opportunities for individuals to encounter art in parks, libraries and community centers and on roadways, bridges and other public venues, we simultaneously enrich citizens' daily lives and give voice to artists.

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We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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