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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Last chance to catch 'Straw Garden' at Seattle Center

11/9/2012  3:00:00 PM

Last chance to catch 'Straw Garden' at Seattle Center
Straw wattles will be distributed to local p-patches and other green spaces Nov. 16 & 17

SEATTLE — Stacy Levy's Straw Garden: from Wattle to Watershed is on view for just one more week at Seattle Center's Broad Street Green. Beginning Friday, Nov. 16, the artist will disassemble the wattles—tightly wrapped straw cylinders sprouting local annual and perennial flora—and distribute them to local p-patches and gardens to be used to control erosion and aid in re-vegetation. Since being installed, the “living sculpture” has morphed from controlled shapes into living bouquets. The wattles are being distributed to City parks and Seattle Public Utilities properties, such as:

Beacon Food Forest
The Beacon Food Forest is developing a large community pea patch and food forest situated on the west flanks of Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill. The wattles from Straw Garden will be used in creating a pollination habitat to assist all the other plantings. Wattles will also be used to border paths as well as assist in water flow.

Cedar River in Maple Valley
Volunteers will install the wattles along the lower Cedar River in Maple Valley, Wash. through the Cedar River Stewardship-in-Action program, a partnership between Seattle Public Utilities, conservation organization Forterra, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and King County Noxious Weed Control Program. The partnership works to restore native plant communities to riparian zones along the lower Cedar River on public and private property.

Magnolia Manor Park P-Patch
The Magnolia Manor Park P-Patch is breaking ground and will begin planting in March 2013. The wattles will be used as plant buffers and to make terraces for the plots that are located on a slope.

Kinnear Park and Ella Bailey Park
Both Kinnear Park and Ella Bailey Park have steep slopes and eroded hillsides where the wattles will be used for erosion control.

Straw Garden: from Wattle to Watershed was installed at Seattle Center's Broad Street Green as part of the The Next Fifty 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 World's Fair. The Broad Street Green—Green Infrastructure Project addressed protecting the water quality of local waterways. The artwork was commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds and was administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community and advocating for issues affecting the cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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