Stuart Nakamura
Call and Response
2008


LOCATION
Fire Station 10 and Fire Alarm Center/Emergency Operations Center
South Washington Street and 4th Avenue South

FUNDING SOURCE
Fleets and Facilities Department Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art


A large boulder etched with abstract lines evoking water ripples forms the focal point of Call and Response, a sculptural installation on the plaza of Fire Station 10. Natural stone inlays set into the plaza are reminiscent of designs from Asian art and a nod to the station's location at the edge of the Chinatown-International District, home to Seattle's original Asian immigrants. The shapes of the inlays reflect the arc of a steel, laser-cut "water spray" sculpture, which depicts a firefighter wielding a hose.

Stuart Nakamura writes: "Call and Response pays tribute to the service and valor of the firefighters of Fire Station 10 with these three elements: a stainless steel arc of water containing the imagery of smoke and a firefighter; a rough-hewn, moss-covered granite boulder; and inlaid arcs of natural stone. Known in the Seattle Fire Department as 'The Rock,' Fire Station 10 continues the historic tradition of protecting the downtown and International District communities with its response to emergency calls."

In 2003, voters approved a $167 million Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy to build 12 replacement fire stations and seismically upgrade the remaining 19 stations. The Office of Arts & Culture, working with the Fleets and Facilities Department and the Seattle Fire Department developed a program to incorporate site-specific art at Seattle's new neighborhood fire stations. Call and Response is one of three artworks at Fire Station 10, for which Gloria Bornstein wrote an art plan, Different Voices, One Community.