Gloria Bornstein
Sentinels
2008

LOCATION
Fire Station 10 and Fire Alarm Center/Emergency Operations Center
South Washington Street between 4th and 5th Avenues

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


Eight fire-engine red steel sculptures comprise Sentinels, designed to invite pedestrians into the space adjoining the sidewalk along Fire Station 10.

"The artwork playfully explores shifting perspectives through the placement of eight sculptures, diminishing in scale along the upgrade of the Fire Station 10 sidewalk," explains artist Gloria Bornstein. "The sculptures are inspired by my explorations of protective gear of different cultures and the beauty of Asian architecture and folk craft, reflecting the cultural diversity of the Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. The multi-sculptural environment represents the guardians of the city. Just as the staff of the Fire Station 10 facility in the Chinatown-International District is responsible for the public safety of the city, the surrounding Asian community has been standing watch over the interests of their neighborhood."

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.

In 2004, Bornstein, as the design team artist for the Fire Station 10 project, developed an art plan, Different Voices, One Community for the facility. Bornstein recommended the project integrate artwork reflective of the nearby neighborhoods' diverse cultural identities. She proposed Sentinels for the site and identified opportunities for two other artworks. The Office of Arts & Culture issued the call for artworks in English, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese. Stuart Nakamura and the artist team of Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz received commissions for the two other artworks, Call and Response and bamboo, luminous).