Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

2014 – 2015 Projects

2015

Landsburg Park

Roger Fernandes, Photographed by Office of Arts & Culture.

28700 Southeast 252nd Place in Ravensdale, Washington
Artist: Roger Fernandes
Project completion date: 2015

Seattle artist Roger Fernandes carved a selection of five stones with designs and set them in the open space area of Landsburg Park. The artwork recognizes and honors the original residents of the area and is reflective of the Coast Salish cultures, especially tribal nations, that have a historic connection to this territory. The carved stone designs depict elements of the mythic Snoqualmie / Coast Salish story, “Sno-qual, Moon the Transformer”. As part of the project, six local Native American artists were selected as apprentices and worked with Fernandes. Over the course of the project, the apprentice artists learned more about the history of local myths and about local tribes’ tradition of stone carving.

2014

West Seattle Reservoir Park Artwork Project

David Boyer, flyers

8th Avenue SW from SW Cloverdale Street to SW Barton Street, Highland Park
Artist: David Boyer
Project completion date: 2014

David Boyer worked with Seattle Public Utilities and the Department of Parks and Recreation and their consultants and staff to develop artwork for the West Seattle Reservoir Park. Boyer designed three groupings of kinetic sculptures that are placed at key locations within the park. Each group of sculptures features wind-driven kinetic sculptures mounted on steel poles. The artist calls the sculptures “flyers,” as the sculptures resemble both birds and airplanes. The artworks move to face into the wind and the articulating tails on the largest group of flyers pivot in the wind. The artist developed his design after meeting with the Highland Park neighborhood and observing wind patterns at the park.

Henderson CSO Reduction/Mapes Creek Artwork Project

John Grade, Photographed by Spike Mafford.

8650 55th Ave S
Artist: John Grade
Project completion date: 2014

Set amidst a grove of 30 - 50 foot tall trees in Beer Sheva Park, Grade’s sculpture highlights the transition between an existing underground system of drainage culverts and a newly created creek to provide habitat for young migrating salmon. The 20-foot tall sculpture has been made with reclaimed old-growth cedar and appears to hover above a pond which serves as the headwater to the creek that meanders through Beer Shiva Park into Lake Washington. The rudder- or fin-like sculpture is made with cedar salvaged from the Cedar River watershed, reinforcing a connection between where our water supply comes from and its importance to the region’s salmon habitat.

Henderson CSO Reduction Artwork Project

Yegizaw (Yeggy) Michael, Photographed by Yegizaw (Yeggy) Michael.

52nd Ave S between Rainier Ave S and Henderson Ave S
Artist: Yegizaw (Yeggy) Michael
Project completion date: 2014

Located at the Henderson CSO project site, Michael Yegizaw created a vast artwork consisting of a series of 2” – 4” round stainless-steel and concrete inlays that span the entire 600’ asphalt walkway. The 350 to 400 inlays were created in three colors and move in a thin wave-like pattern through the site to portray the flow of water underneath the street.

Thornton Creek Confluence

John Fleming, Photographed by John Fleming.

10728 35th Ave. NE
Artist: John Fleming
Project completion date: 2014

Seattle artist John Fleming worked with Seattle Public Utilities and its consultants to develop and install a new permanent, site-specific artwork within the Thornton Creek Confluence project area. The artist created a work located in the northwest corner of 35th Street. The concept preserves a memory of the Japanese maple tree that was removed from the current Confluence site. The branches of the tree were collected, bundled and encapsulated in a 15' steel sculpture roughly sized to represent the original tree.

Temporary Projects

Duwamish Revealed Temporary Project

Curators: Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage
June 1 – September 30, 2015

Duwamish Revealed was a series of temporary outdoor art installations, performances and community activities and other adventures to celebrate the Duwamish River. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle for the project, which aimed to raise awareness of the river and promote its revitalization. Four art installations were partly funded by Seattle Public Utilities.

Superfun Superfund

Framework, Superfun Superfund, Photographed by Robert Zverina.

Multiple events at Terminal 108 Public Access Area (4651 Diagonal Ave S), Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave S), Terminal 107 Park (4750 W Marginal Way SW)
Artist: Framework

Framework created a set of illuminated remote controlled “word boats” – like large scale, floating refrigerator magnets. Participants were able to move the words around in an animated dialogue about the river, the clean-up of the river, and what the future holds.

Clear

Klaas Hubner and Lysandre Coutu-Sauve, Clear, Photographed by Robert Zverina.

Terminal 108 Access Area, 4651 Diagonal Avenue S.
Artist: Klaas Hubner and Lysandre Coutu-Sauve

Using industrial and mechanical systems and sound, Clear was an integrated sound installation and performance that explored the many forms of water and its flow from the industrial to the natural. The artists came to Seattle from Berlin to create the work in a three-week residency in Seattle.

The Duwamish Lighthouse

George Lee, The Duwamish Lighthouse, Photographed by Bruce Tom.

Jack Block Park,
2130 Harbor Ave SW
Artist: George Lee

The Duwamish Lighthouse was a beacon for a river. It collected real-time water quality data, checked how clean the river was according to EPA water quality standards, and then translated the data into light, in the form of our own breathing. “Steady and relaxed” was a cleaner river, “fast and spasmodic” was a polluted river. The Lighthouse was illuminated from 10 pm to midnight. Lee’s artwork was selected by Crosscut as one of the best civic tech projects of 2015.
 
 

Alone. Standing. In the Middle of Darkness. Invisible.

Art by Ben ZamoraBen Zamora, Alone. Standing. In the Middle of Darkness. Invisible., Photographed by Bruce Tom.

12th Ave. S & S Elmgrove St.
Artist: Ben Zamora

Perched on the riverbank, Zamora’s piece illuminated and reflected the landscape around it.