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SUBJECT: Steve Gardner's 'The Call' dedicated at Fire Station 6 open house, March 16

3/6/2013  10:00:00 AM

Steve Gardner's 'The Call' dedicated at Fire Station 6 open house, March 16
Meet Gardner, tour the fire station, and meet local fire fighters

SEATTLE — Celebrate the dedication of Fire Station 6 and the artwork The Call by Seattle artist Steve Gardner at an open house at the station, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16. The station is in Seattle's Central District neighborhood at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. Gardner will be present to talk about his artwork. Visitors can also tour the new fire station and meet the local fire fighters.

The Call is a mural of aluminum and cast glass on the façade of the fire station. The artwork is inspired by the energy of the firefighters' response to an emergency. Images of water and fire surge out of the mural alongside bolts of lightning – an early icon of the original Fire Station 6. The bolts are a symbol of the strength, speed and power that characterize the firefighters' service to the community.

The project was funded by the city's Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy program, passed in 2003 by Seattle voters. The program provides $197 million in levy proceeds and other funding to replace and relocate five neighborhood fire stations, rebuild six stations, and renovate 20 stations. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Seattle Fire Department, developed an art program to commission artworks that address the intersection of the firefighters and the community. Since the passage of the levy, eight fire station artworks are complete, three are in progress and one commission is underway. Find more information on the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy and Fire Station 6 at

Gardner's three-dimensional work is sculpted in architectural terra cotta, utilizing traditional techniques with new innovations in surface color. Both his gallery work and his architectural commissions focus on the human figure, surface pattern and a sense of story. Recent architectural commissions have taken the form of large murals in cast glass and metal. Installations of his sculptures can be seen at Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, Wash.; The LaSalle Building, Baton Rouge, La.; the Snohomish Library, Snohomish, Wash.; the Vancouver School for the Blind, Vancouver, Wash.; the Denali Lodge, Denali, Alaska; and The Oregon Zoo, Portland, Ore.

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 that affect the entire 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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