Seattle Public Utilities Melina Thung, Interim Director

Works in Progress

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
Project completion date: Fall 2014

David Boyer is working 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 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.

Henderson CSO Reduction/Mapes Creek Artwork Project

John Grade, 2014.

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

Set amidst a grove of 30 - 50 foot tall trees in Beer Sheva Park, Grade’s sculpture will highlight 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 will be made with reclaimed old-growth cedar and will appear to hover above a pond which serves as the headwater to the creek that will meander through Beer Shiva Park into Lake Washington. The rudder- or fin-like sculpture will be 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 Michael, 2014.

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

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

North Delridge CSO Retrofit Artwork Project

2106 S.W. Orchard St.
Artist: Matthew Geller
Project completion date: 2015

New York City artist Matthew Geller will create a permanent artwork for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) North Delridge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Retrofit Artwork Project in Seattle's Delridge neighborhood. Geller will work with SPU and members of the design team to develop an artwork that will be integrated with the facility and surrounding landscape.

Geller is drawn to overlooked or underutilized environments, from back alleys to sprawling open public spaces. In these settings he distills small fragments of narrative by augmenting or amplifying the character of a given place. Through his artworks, he invites viewers to engage a space and discover what was always there, as well as what might be.

Thornton Creek Confluence

John Fleming, 2014.

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

Seattle artist John Fleming is working 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 will create a work located in the northwest corner of 35th Street. The new concept preserves a memory of the Japanese maple tree that must be removed from the current Confluence site. The branches of the tree will be collected, bundled and encapsulated in a 15' steel sculpture roughly sized to represent the original tree.

Landsburg Park

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

Seattle artist Roger Fernandes will be creating an original artwork for Landsburg Park. The artwork will recognize and honor the original residents of the area, and will be reflective of the Coast Salish cultures, especially tribal nations, that have a historic connection to this territory.

North Transfer Station

Jean Shin, 2015.

1350 North 34th Street
Artist: Jean Shin
Project completion date: 2015

New York artist Jean Shin is working 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 will form the organic, colorful linear contours of the previously existing landscape into sculptural forms. Additionally colored pathways will cut through the landmasses to create topography through the plaza.

South Delridge CSO

Rebecca Cummins, 2015.

2146 SW Henderson St
Artist: Rebecca Cummins
Project completion date: 2015

Seattle artist Rebecca Cummins is working 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 will place 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 will be 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 will invert views of the surrounding environment and CSO 169 tank and project them onto a frosted acrylic screen midway in the chamber. A viewing aperture directly opposite the lens will allow 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.