In July 2009, Stokley Towles presented and exhibited Waterlines, a performance piece and installation that explored local perceptions and behaviors around water use, its sources and conservation. Towles interviewed several staff members of Seattle Public Utilities and discovered, among other things, where Seattle's water comes from, how water taste testing is conducted, how the utility is coping with drainage and flood issues, and how many SPU customers complained about rats in their toilets. A part of the Water Calling series, Towles presented his findings in a free 45-minute humorous and informative presentation inside a construction trailer, which served as a stage/laboratory, parked next to a city reservoir. In addition to his performance, Towles used the "water laboratory" as an installation space to present water stories from other cultures and invited visitors to share their water stories. Video directed by Mary Ann Peters.
Waterlines was commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) 1% for Art funds. The projects reflect SPU's management of the complete cycle of hydrology for Seattle's water resources from drinking water through drainage, and Restore Our Waters, the city's initiative to protect and restore Seattle's urban waterways.
From July to August 2009 Mandy Greer's artwork Mater Matrix Mother and Medium was at Camp Long as part of Water Calling, a series of temporary public art projects about water. The project began with the creation of a 200-foot fiber river, knitted and crocheted at community events all over Seattle. Greer took the fiber pieces into the forest and crocheted the river into the trees. On July 16th, Greer produced a performance under the fiber river in collaboration with dancer Zoe Scofield and composer Morgan Henderson. Over 100 guests sat next to the pond to watch a performance which invited viewers to reflect on the subtle sounds and movements of an urban forest. Reflecting on the inspiration for the project, Greer says, "Water, both mundane and miraculous, mirrors the everyday meeting of strangers and the tiny moments that begin to bond us together."
Greer directed this short film. Ian Lucero edited and directed photography and sound design. The project was commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Water Calling projects reflected SPU's management of the complete cycle of hydrology for Seattle's water resources.
Bridge Talks Back
A Temporary Sound Installation at the Fremont Bridge
Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez wrapped up her 2009 summer artist residency at the Fremont Bridge with a temporary art project celebrating the rhythms and sounds of the bridge. Bridge Talks Back, a sound artwork, ran from September 2009 through April 2010.
Water Calling SPU Short Films
Water Calling is a series of temporary public artworks that were commissioned in 2009 by the Office of Arts & Culture with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds. In the Water Calling short films, five filmmakers tap into the flow of water and invite viewers to reflect on the preservation of our water resources—from drinking water through drainage. The short films vary in length and format—from a fairy-tale approach to sci-fi-like images to stop animation to a portrayal of water as a healing force. The Office of Arts & Culture hosted free film screenings in July and August 2009.
Water Calling projects reflect SPU's management of the complete cycle of hydrology for Seattle's water resources from drinking water through drainage, and Restore Our Waters, the city's initiative to protect and restore Seattle's urban waterways.
Artist video profiles
Embark on an engaging video tour of the studios and sites where public art is being created. Public artworks and the artists who created them are the subject of Seattle's Public Art, a pilot series of short video profiles airing on Seattle Channel.
|Gloria Bornstein||Neototems Children's Garden|
|Dan Corson||Rain Drum Court|
|Marita Dingus||Children of the Sea|
|Jen Dixon||Witness Trees, What the trees have seen|
|Monad Graves Elohim||The Unity and Oneness of All|
|Kay Kirkpatrick||Looking at a Watershed|
|Norman Lundin||Studio Wall #2|
|Perri Lynch||Straight Shot|
|Paul Marioni||Docuportrait of the Northwest glass artist|
|Jeffry Mitchell||Peace on Earth|
|Stuart Nakamuara||Call and Response|
|Mary Ann Peters||Cielo (a Fine Line)|
|Vicki Scuri||West Galer Flyover|
|Preston Singletary||Raven Crest Hat|
|Paul Sorey||Tree Bench|
|Barbara Earl Thomas||Place Set, Lost Place|
|Kristin Tollefson||WaterLogs + Leaf/Hull|
|Gerard Tsutakawa||Urban Peace Circle|
|Patti Warashina||'A' Procession|
|John Young||The Fin Project|