Seattle City Light partnered with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to integrate both
permanent and temporary art into the Denny Substation Project. The Denny Substation
Project's art program is administered by the Office of Arts & Culture 1% for Art Fund.
Pernmanent Artwork at Substation Site
Seattle artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio and California artist
Ned Kahn are members of the design team for the substation. The artists were selected
by a panel of artists, design professionals, Cascade community representatives
and Seattle City Light staff. Visit the Office of Arts & Culture's Art Beat blog
to read more about the artists and their work
Lead Pencil Studio's work, called "Transforest," includes a sculpture that communicates the natural beauty of
the Pacific Northwest and the history of power generation and transmission. It will be located on the
southwestern portion of the site.
Ned Kahn's "Switchwall,"
will be integrated into the
surface of the substation at its southeast and northeast corners. It will consist of a series of "switches"
that move when the wind blows and turn on different colored lights, creating a moving pattern that changes
with shifting wind currents.
Temporary Art and Performances at Substation Site
The temporary art program, called ALL RISE, began in early 2014 and animated the site with a series of
performances and art installations. The program ended in late 2015, a few months before construction began in
the first quarter of 2016.
seeks to provide a platform to support
and challenge artists; offer transcendent experiences and inspiration; and further the contemporary art
dialogue of the region.
The Office of Arts & Culture collaborated with Portland, Oregon curators Meagan Atiyeh and Elizabeth Spavento
to develop programming for the ALL RISE art project at the Denny Substation site. Exhibitions and events were
free and open to the public.
ALL RISE art performances: Karl Burkheimer's "In Situ" (left); ALL RISE open house event and cello
flash mob (right)
For more information on the latest performances and installations, check out ALL RISE on Facebook.