Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

2016 Projects

2016

North Transfer Station

Jean Shin, RECLAIMED

1350 North 34th Street
Artist: Jean Shin
Project completion date: 2016

New York artist Jean Shin worked with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and its design team to incorporate art at new facilities at the transfer station during Phase II of the project. By referencing the topography of the site before 1966 when the North Transfer Station was built, RECLAIMED brings the memory of the former landscape to the new Transfer Station plaza. The artwork expresses these natural forms through the use of industrial materials—10,000 linear feet of rebar that will be reclaimed from the site during the upcoming demolition of the current NTS building. Liberated from the architectural structure, the recycled rebar forms the organic, colorful linear contours of the previously existing landscape into sculptural forms. Additionally colored pathways cut through the landmasses to create topography through the plaza.

South Delridge CSO

Rebecca Cummins, Platform for Positioning

2146 SW Henderson St
Artist: Rebecca Cummins
Project completion date: 2016

Seattle artist Rebecca Cummins worked with Seattle Public Utilities and its consultants to develop and install a new permanent, site-specific artwork in close proximity to the South Delridge CSO Facility 169. Platform for Positioning places sculptural camera obscuras in the landscape near the pedestrian intersection at the top of the stairs down to Henderson and SW Barton Streets. The cameras were fabricated from pipefittings and valves typical to those used by Seattle Public Utilities for drainage and wastewater. A glass or acrylic lens at one end inverts views of the surrounding environment and CSO 169 tank and projects them onto a frosted acrylic screen midway in the chamber. A viewing aperture directly opposite the lens allows the public to peer in and observe nearby environment of the site upside down. The cameras may be slowly rotated 360˚ to provide panoramic views. This artwork gives the viewer some insight into the infrastructure required to provide drainage services.

14th and Concord Sewer Improvement Project

Horatio Hung-Yan Law, South Park Crisálida

14th Ave S between S Donovan St and S Concord St
Artist: Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Project completion date: 2016

South Park Crisálida is a community-based temporary art project that was created with participation from South Park residents. The braided ropes that cover the steel structure of the artwork were created by local residents at weekly “Community Yarns” workshops hosted by the Seattle Library in February and March 2016. Participants were able to learn a variety of braiding techniques with Horatio and his project assistants to create his or her own “yarn” to be included in the final sculpture. Community workshops provided opportunities for members of the South Park community to come together and work on a project to build stronger ties to one another.

Law is a Portland based artist who works in installation and public art. Much of his work stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant. His work is a confluence of public art, installations and social practice that is place-based and community-centered, exploring issues of identity, memory, history and the meaning of community. A common thread in his projects is the use of unexpected but simple material and imagery to create meaning and metaphor that connect individuals with community and place. In 2012 Horatio installed South Park Vortex, a community-based sculpture, at Marra Desimone Park.