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All new SPU % for art project opportunities and works in progress are described by and adopted into the City of Seattle's Municipal Art Plan. This plan is developed by Office of Arts and Culture staff in consultation with SPU and is based upon art priorities, available funding and opportunities provided by upcoming projects. The plan is then reviewed by the Public Art Advisory Committee and approved by the Mayor. Below is a description of current works in progress.

West Seattle Reservoir Park Artwork Project

David Boyer, flyers, 2013.

8th Avenue SW from SW Cloverdale Street to SW Barton Street, Highland Park
Artist: David Boyer
The project will be completed in 2013

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

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Artwork Project

Patrick Marold, artist sketch, 2012.

1020 NE 82nd St
Artist: Patrick Marold
Project completion date: 2012

Marold’s proposed sculpture is intended to call attention to Tolt River and Cedar River Watersheds – in which both will feed into the future underground Maple Leaf Reservoir. The mechanically controlled confluence is a strong element of inspiration for the piece as is the source of Seattle’s drinking water - precipitation that collects in the Cascade Mountain range. The sculpture will consist of two (approx. 5’x5’x6’) granite boulders; one taken from the Tolt River Watershed and one from the Cedar River Watershed. Each boulder will be sliced into layers and then reassembled to intersect with the adjacent boulder. They will interlock towards the base and progressively diverge towards the tops. Each layer will be positioned progressively off center, revealing the interior surface that will be carved to collect a very shallow pool of water during the wet seasons. These reflective surfaces will call attention to the presence of water, as well as the lack of water during the dry season. The sculpture will also be placed within the viewing area designed for the South East corner of the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

North Transfer Station Artist-in-Residence and Temporary Artwork Project

Steve Appleton, Cool Bear, refrigerator doors, 14-19’ in height and 25’ in length, 2011.

1350 North 34th Street
Artist: Steve Appleton
Project completion date: 2011

As part of his Phase I - Residency and Temporary Artwork Project, Appleton will construct a free-standing Cool Bear polar bear sculpture created from waste brought to the transfer station. Made from recycled refrigerator doors, the Cool Bear sculpture points out ironically through its use of materials the relationship between consumption, manufacturing, waste and recycling, and its impact on nature. The dimensions of the water-jet cut and stack constructed bear will measure 14-19’ in height and 25’ in length. The Cool Bear will be sited in the grassy knoll in the NE corner of the transfer station, and will be clearly visible to visitors when they enter and exit the facility. The location and size of the sculpture will also allow the surrounding neighborhood to get a partial view the double-sided refrigerator door bear.

South Transfer Station Artist-in-Residence and Temporary Artwork Project

130 S. Kenyon Street
Artist: Carol dePelecyn
Project completion date: 2011

Carol dePelecyn has been Artist-in-Residence at the South Transfer Station for over a year. She visited the facility weekly, speaking with the staff and users, listening to anecdotes from long-term employees, and watching the general comings and goings of customers and the items that they brought in for disposal or recycling. She has been developing options for a temporary project to be displayed until the new Recycling and Disposal Station is built. She will salvage old anchor chain from the Wawona and several bronze sculptures that were brought to the transfer station to fashion an installation for the existing station.

South Transfer Station New Facility Design Team Project

Carol dePelecyn, concept for the South Transfer Station artwork, 2011.

130 S. Kenyon Street
Artist: Carol dePelecyn
Project completion date: 2011

The artist has been working with SPU, its design team (URS/Swift Company) and South Park stakeholders to incorporate art at new facilities at the transfer station. Initially there was particular interest in creating artwork that was visible to those waiting, visible from the tipping floor, along fences or other locations visible to customers and people passing by. The artist and team have selected a meadow in front of the facility. The artist, through participating in the community involvement process and attending stakeholder meetings, used the neighborhood’s desire to retain parts of the South Park Bridge to develop the concept for the permanent artwork. The artist worked with King County’s bridge division to salvage parts of the South Park bridge decking and will be creating a large scale sculptural installation using the steel that will evoke the image of the drawbridge being raised. The idea of reusing materials continues the investigations developed during the residency.

Madison Valley Drainage Improvement Project

Adam Kuby, Incremental, 2011.

Detention pond at 30th Avenue East and East John Street
Water tank at Washington Park
Artist: Adam Kuby

Adam Kuby has installed four sculptural elements that combine shaped and worked stones and living trees in the newly landscaped detention facility at 30th Avenue East and East John Street. The artworks reference the power of nature to heal and renew, even in the wake of devastation. The artist will also create a “living wall” of controlled moss growth and songbird habitat in masonry facing at the new stormwater detention tank at Washington Park.

Bruce Myers, High Point, 2010.

High Point Natural Drainage System/High Point Housing

32nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Morgan Street, West Seattle
Artist: Bruce Myers

Bruce Myers worked with the design team to create artworks that reinforce the use of Seattle Public Utilities’ natural drainage systems throughout the entire new housing development. The artist designed castings for drainage inlets, story pole attachments, splashblocks and seating boulders, all depicting natural and water imagery. He also designed sidewalk treatments showing radiating water rings and a sculpture abstractly referencing marine life. The story pole attachments were installed in 2010 to complete the project.

Ravenna Creek Daylighting Artwork

Mark Brest van Kempen, Ravenna Creek, 2010.

25th Avenue Northeast from Northeast 55th Street to Northeast 45th Street, Ravenna
Artist: Mark Brest van Kempen

The artist memorializes the existence of Ravenna Creek, daylighted in Ravenna Park and running under 25th Avenue NE, through a series of interventions that mark the presence of the creek within a culverted facility maintained by Seattle Public Utilities. For this joint project, involving Seattle Parks and Recreation and Metro/King County Drainage and Wastewater, the artist created an outfall structure into which the creek enters the Ravenna Creek pipeline, sidewalk insets spelling out Ravenna Creek, and three vaults that permit the viewer to see the creek beneath the sidewalk. The artist completed the project with blue line pointing out the location of the pipe under the sidewalk in 2010. This project is partially funded by SPU.

Beacon Reservoir/Jefferson Park

Elizabeth Conner, Drawing the Land, 2010.

15th Avenue South and Spokane Street South, Beacon Hill
Artist: Elizabeth Conner

Artist Elizabeth Conner has designed a project located on the space created when the Seattle Public Utilities filled in the Beacon Reservoir and built a new underground reservoir. Contour lines that “draw the land” mark the filled earth, indicating the depth of the original reservoir, and provide history of the site. Also on the site is a rain garden “water feature” created by plants that thrive in various degrees of wet or dry soil. This project is primarily funded by SPU.

South Park Drainage Artwork Project

Horatio Law, Vortex, 2010.

Marra Desimone Park
7th Avenue South and South Director Street
South Park
Artist: Horatio Law

Portland artist Horatio Law will work with city staff and the community to develop and install site specific artwork at one or more SPU properties in the South Park neighborhood. The artist will look at opportunities for creating artwork related to water collection, drainage and management. The artist has been developing a “vortex” shaped sculpture for the drain cover in the bio-swale at Marra-Desimone Park at 7th Avenue South and South Director Street. The artwork was completed in 2011.