Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave. N.E.
Seattle Parks & Recreation 1999 Community Centers Levy 1% for Art
A series of blue-gray waves rise out of a low concrete wall which curves toward the entrance of the Northgate Community Center. Ripples of water and outlines of birds are laser cut from the stainless steel revealing patches of the scenery behind, while brightly hued glass bubbles stud the sculpture's surface adding color and texture.
Artist Nikki McClure was selected from the Office of Arts & Culture's Emerging Public Artists roster to create The Eddy. Best known for her work with papercuts, McClure translates the medium to a large-scale outdoor sculpture inspired by the nearby Thornton Creek Watershed. Using the idea of an eddy, a place in a stream or river where water slows and swirls, McClure created a tranquil spot for visitors crossing the busy plaza thoroughfare, "a place where the current flowing downstream?spins off and creates a place of rest," states the artist. Inviting, fanciful and reflective of the energy the community center inspires, McClure's piece is an appropriate theme for a busy neighborhood meeting place.