Mike McGinn, Mayor
5/22/2012 11:00:00 AM
Parking Squid for bicycles to be dedicated at Seattle Center, May 31
Sculptural bike parking rack celebrates sustainability at Seattle Center's 'The Next Fifty' anniversary, artist Susan Robb to introduce the artwork
SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will host a dedication to launch the sculptural bicycle rack Parking Squid, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Harrison Street entrance of Seattle Center on the north side of the EMP Museum. Parking Squid provides parking for bicycles within the tentacles of a deep-sea creature that might be found at the depths of Puget Sound. Artist Susan Robb will introduce the artwork at the event, celebrating safe biking for all.
Robb's Parking Squid is one of six temporary artworks presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs that illustrate how artists are shaping the conversation around environmental sustainability for The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. The galvanized steel Parking Squid provides bike parking for The Next Fifty at Seattle Center through October 21. For more information on the artworks celebrating The Next Fifty, visit www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/temporary_projects.asp.
Robb creates innovative artwork that articulates the relationship between landscape and object through investigations of environment, materials and contemporary social issues. Her work is in private and public collections.
Parking Squid addresses the expanding need for bicycle parking, as identified in the Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Bicycle Master Plan. SDOT is currently updating the Bicycle Master Plan, which aims to triple the number of people bicycling in Seattle over 10 years.
The public is encouraged to take a short online survey or use an interactive mapping tool to inform SDOT of needed bicycle improvements. The survey and mapping tool are available at www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_survey.htm.
Parking Squid is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
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