Mark Lere
Seattle Scatter Piece
1981-1992, 2005

LOCATION
Interbay Area
23rd Ave W and W. Emerson Place

Laurelhurst Playfield
4554 NE 41st St.

Beacon Hill Reservoir
Beacon Avenue and Spokane Street

Bitter Lake Reservoir
North 143rd Street and Evanston Avenue North

FUNDING SOURCE
Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds (originally funded by Water and Parks Departments 1% for Art funds)


Artist Mark Lere's uniquely sited sculptural vessel thematically connects four Seattle neighborhoods through the repetition and transformation of an iconic image of a boat placed on public property within each community. These reiterations of the boat form, created from concrete, are designed to be united figuratively by the viewer's voyage from site to site. This journey not only constructs a full picture of the boat but provides a broad tour of the city as well. Lere's sculpture began as a simple line drawing of a boat overlaid on a map of Seattle. The first three sites incorporate a part of this boat and other elements such as a drinking fountain at Laurelhurst, a viewpoint at the Interbay location, and geometric shapes at the Beacon Hill Reservoir. The final artwork, located at the Bitter Lake Reservoir, was rebuilt after the original piece was removed for the development of a small park. The artwork now incorporates the boat form into the rolling "waves" of grassy landscape surrounding the piece. One artwork, for Harbor Island, remains unrealized.