Artists selected for Mercer Corridor and Seattle Center

Two artists have been selected to complete public art projects in South Lake Union and at Seattle Center. Seattle artist Ellen Sollod will work with the design team for the major street improvement project underway along the Mercer Corridor in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Vancouver, B.C. artist Doug Taylor will create and install Bird Song Listening Station, a site-specific wind-powered artwork featuring recorded bird songs at Seattle Center.

Sollod was selected for the Mercer Corridor Project from a pre-qualified artist roster to develop an innovative site-specific artwork and to collaborate with the design team to enhance the design of this urban streetscape project. The two-way Mercer Corridor Project will widen Mercer Street between I-5 and Dexter Avenue North to accommodate three lanes of travel in each direction.

Sollod has been involved in public art for more than 20 years as an artist, policy maker and administrator. Recent projects include works for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California, the Olympia Gateway Corridor in Olympia, Seattle's Harborview Medical Center and the Bellingham Arts District Master Plan.

A panel of artists, Seattle Center representatives and members of the Uptown community selected Taylor's proposal for a wind-powered interactive sculpture with an auditory element. The piece will be located in a circle of grass with a seating wall surround at the southeast corner of the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Ambient breezes will power the sculpture, featuring the recorded songs of finches that feed from the seed pods of London Plane trees at Seattle Center.

Taylor focuses largely on wind- and water-powered kinetic works, implementing renewable energy and exploring the relationship between society, technology and the environment. His work is installed at sites such as Whistler's World Cup Plaza, Victoria's Selkirk Waterfront and Vancouver's False Creek (George Wainborne Park) and Kitsalano Pool.

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