Seven emerging public artists have been selected by The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to create temporary art installations in the new Licton Springs Greenway.
These works will be part of Art Interruptions which aims to connect neighborhoods through art.
Through August 2021, small-scale artworks will be installed in city-owned infrastructure including signal boxes, utility poles, railings, and more.
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Those interested in viewing the art can do so on a Licton Springs Neighborhood Greenway Self-Guided Tour. Just follow the map and information below, provided by the Office of Arts and Culture at the City of Seattle.
Featured art includes:
- Arboreal by Eva Funderburgh — “A series of mysterious beasts hidden among the trees and utility poles of the North Seattle Greenway. The beasts are sculpted in red, orange, and yellow vinyl coated wire mesh to create a fox-like creature with a large tail that take on different poses based on their environment. Can you spot them all?”
- The Five Creations by Hinojos & Jimenez Art, LLC — “Hinojos & Jimenez Art, LLC tells the story of the Five Creations according to traditional Aztec beliefs in the form of three sculptures. It is a story of birth, destruction, hope, and resilience even in the most difficult times. Our hope is to create bright spot along the roadway, and to tell a story of endurance that will resonate now while we are in a time of crisis and uncertainty.”
- New Wave- Target @ Aurora Highway by Naoko Morisawa — “Naoko Morisawa created an image for the traffic box on Aurora highway that people would want to see and turn around to see again. The texture of the handmade and uneven 2D mosaic work [Target] would be more interesting by increasing the size of the image and digitally printed on a vinyl wrap to fit around the utility box. My hope is people who see the artwork will gain energy and be energized. I also wanted the streets of the Aurora Highway to be brighter and more fun.”
- Know Where, No Limit by Shawn Parks — “Shawn Parks was obsessed with SDOT’s sign shop and making work using the same materials as legal city signs. First was to call attention to the neighborhood’s name. Giving a sense of place and hopefully pride. The No Limit signs are on the backs of Speed Limit signs. What has no limit? For me, Love, Action and Ideas have No Limit.”
- Interpreters by Forrest Perrine — “Forrest Perrine created a series of interpretive plaques designed to look like those of historical sites and public land markers. The landmarks the artist creates through his installation of plaques honor the places that are largely invisible to us. He created custom plaques of acrylic, marble, brass, granite, bronze, stainless steel, and copper to honor each of his landmarks.”
- No Time Like the Present II by Nichole Rathburn — “Nichole Rathburn created foam petals that grow out of the sidewalk and crawl up a chain-link fence near a busy thoroughfare. Her installation brings a pop of color to an otherwise industrial materials of the site. My hope is the fake flowers will spark real joy.”
- One Time One Meeting: A Community Shine by Erin Shigaki — “Erin Shigaki reclaims cultural practices of her ancestors with red knotted rope that refers to garments that incarcerated Japanese American women stitched for men fighting in segregated units during WWII, and invokes the lifeblood that connects us all. The wooden placards—reminiscent of those at Shinto shrines—bear words of hope and contemplation by and for the community during the global pandemic and uprising for Black lives.”