The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has selected Seattle artist Ben Zamora to create a permanent public artwork for a new park at 12th Avenue S and S Elmgrove Street. Zamora’s artwork will respond to the size and scenic nature of the site, which is envisioned as a as a resting spot for the community.
The site for the 12th and Elmgrove park is currently owned by the Port of Seattle and Seattle Public Utilities. The site most recently hosted a temporary artwork by Zamora for the Duwamish Revealed art project. Zamora’s artwork is being funded through SPU’s 1% for Art Funds; SPU is supporting the development of this park in conjunction with the utilities’ construction of a new pump station as part of its strategy addressing overall drainage issues in South Park.
Ben Zamora is an artist whose work is primarily based in light. Over the last few years, Zamora has developed an impressive body of work that creates a dialogue between the viewer and their environment, while addressing universal themes of life, transformation, and transcendence. He has created large-scale installations and sculptures for Art Basel/Design Miami, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, the Frye Art Museum, Suyama Space, as well as a number of other galleries, museums, private art collections, and public art projects including the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.