Temporary art installations coming to a park near you this summer

The Seattle Park District continues to enliven the region with more art, more events and more fun through the Arts in Parks program.

Arts in Parks is a partnership between the Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, celebrating diversity, building community, and energizing parks while connecting with underserved communities. A feature of the program is temporary art installations in public parks throughout the city.

Beginning in June, seven artists will install temporary artwork in four parks:, Ballard Commons Park, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Delridge Playfield and Pritchard Island Beach. Check out the full Arts in Parks summer schedule of events here.

June 3 to July 20
Once Upon a Time
Artist: Yeggy Michael
Delridge Playfield
4458 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

This interactive temporary sculpture is made of five standard-sized doors that are connected in the shape of a pentagon. The interior is adorned with a paper collage that speaks to the story of immigrants from the community. The exterior is painted with a US flag where anyone is invited to sign, draw and express themselves using the provided color markers.

June 17 to August 12
Passing By
Artist: Kalina Chung
Delridge Playfield
4458 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

This sculptural installation is comprised of wooden carpentry framing and paint. Kalina Chung, a local Delridge artist, uses a mint paint color that is representative of Cottage Grove Court, an iconic housing complex in the Delridge community. The artwork reflects the effect of Seattle’s growth on its neighborhoods, and encourages conversation about gentrification and its impact on the community’s architecture.

June 20 to July 21
Danisi, Qoob Ka, Movimiento, Sirba
Artist: Devon Midori Hale and Cheryl Delostrinos
Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park
2100 S Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144

An installation of screen-printed flags created in collaboration with local youth of Yesler Terrace serves as a stage for dance performances in the park’s amphitheater. Smaller flags with youth self-portraits and writings stand behind audience seating.

July to August
Portraits in the Park
Artist: Michelle Lassaline

This temporary activation connects audiences to art, wildlife and neighborhood spaces. Artist Michelle Lassaline will wear her handmade animal masks while painting individual portraits for participants as an animal of their choice. These free portraits are quick, whimsical watercolors that inspire imagination in viewers of all ages.

Ballard Commons Park

August 6, Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
August 13, Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
August 20, Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

First Hill Park

July 28, Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Flo Ware Park

July 29, Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

July and August
Tumble
Artist: Carolina Silva
Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Artist Carolina Silva will install large-scale painted wooden panels in Ballard Commons Park, inspired by fabrics and patterns gathered from the community that reference different cultures. The panels fasten together like a 3D puzzle that overlaps and unfolds in space, suggestive of the need for support amid constant change within communities.

July 7 to August 19
The People’s Throne
Artist: Ari Glass and Rome Esmaili
Pritchard Island Beach
8400 55th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118

This project encourages the community to embrace its unique identity and actualize their power for creating positive change. Park-goers are invited to sit in an elaborate throne, providing them with a sense of empowerment.

September 1 to October 19
Immigration Signs
Artist: Michiko Tanaka
Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Attempting to increase understanding of the immigrant experience, Seattle artist Michiko Tanaka is developing a temporary installation in Ballard Commons Park. This installation will include artist-created icons, inspired by conversations with immigrant and refugee communities, that will be printed on “yield” traffic signs and attached to existing posts in Ballard Commons Park.

Art coming to a park near you

The new Seattle Park District is enlivening the region with more art, more events and more fun with the Put the Arts in Parks program.

The Put the Arts in Parks program is a partnership between the Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, celebrating diversity, building community connections, and energizing parks while connecting with underserved communities. A feature of the program is temporary art installations in public parks throughout the city.

Beginning in June, seven temporary artworks will be installed in four parks, Ballard Commons Park, Cal Anderson Park, Delridge Playfield, Duwamish Waterway Park and Lake City Mini Park.

The first artwork installed is Water-QW U? by artist Melissa Koch at Lake City Mini Park.

‘Qw U? – ‘WATER’  is a temporary art installation that celebrates the sacredness of water. The project is inspired by the wetlands, marshes and streams found in the Lake City area and honors the Duwamish tribe known as hah-chu-ahbsh (Lake People) who were the original inhabitants of the land with their settlements along Lake Washington.

The artwork consists of imagery that has been cut out of Tyvek and is inspired by local mythologies and the nature of water in its varying forms: raining, coursing, flowing, rippling, rolling, splashing, shimmering, as the element that supports life and connects us to one another and to our environment.

 

The artwork will hang from the back side of an existing concrete archway in the Lake City Mini Park through August 8, 2016. Funding is made possible through the Seattle Parks District.

For more information about Put the Arts in Parks programs and art installations check out the Put the Arts in Parks brochure.

Melissa Koch combines drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and more recently, mixed media and cut Tyvek installations to create multi layered visual narratives that explore myths and stories. She participated in the Office of Arts & Culture’s 2016 Public Art Boot Camp. Her art practice and creative life are ongoing commitments to innovating and exploring new ideas not only technically and aesthetically, but also on a human and ecological level.

Installation images by Jenny Crooks.

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ARTS adds parking… for thoughts, in Ballard

 

A new temporary art installation, PARK YOUR THOUGHTS by artist Blanca Santander has transformed a slice of Ballard Commons into a public poetry corner as people Park their Thoughts, free of charge. Santander’s artwork consists of a large black monolith with word tiles attached with Velcro on the surface.

This interactive installation encourages visitors to engage and express themselves with street poetry. The words on the tiles spring from the local community’s input and fosters expression, inclusion, acceptance, family, nature and life. The artwork empowers people to compose poems and thoughts to share with the community. Funding is made possible through the Seattle Parks District.

Blanca Santander majored in fine arts and studied painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, photography, and art history. She was influenced by great post-impressionist and modern masters, Chagall, Modigliani, and Klimt. Santander’s paintings are intimate, spiritual and feminine and connected with Pachamama, or Mother Nature. She has exhibited her work at the Seattle Municipal Tower Ethnic Heritage Gallery, City of Kent Centennial Center Gallery and the Sacred Circle Gallery in the Daybreak Star Cultural Center.

Installation images by Jenny Crooks.

 

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My Home, exploring the meaning of home

For the temporary art installation My Home, artist Elise Koncsek provides a voice for Seattleites experiencing homelessness and a space/forum/outlet to publicly share their needs and ideas for housing solutions. The installation will consist of approximately 15 painted laser cut wood panels suspended from the arch at Lake City Mini Park. The central panel will represent the concept of “Home” and will be surrounded by other brightly painted panels that contain definitions of the concept of home offered by homeless and refugee Seattleites that Koncsek worked with to create the installation.

Koncsek’s aim is to spark discussion about homelessness in our city and encourage inclusion of people receiving housing services in the designing of service programs. My Home was created in collaboration with Consuela Thomas, Sylvester Young Jr., Crissy, Haregu Kahsory, JR, Olivia & Hailey, Lwam Tesfay, Mya “Baby Girl” Haggard, Daniel “Bad Boy” Haggard, Tsedale Woldesemaya, Robert M. Stevens, Ayan Ali, Dahlak Andemariam, Karlie Taylor, Willie III, and the staff at Mary’s Place Family Center. Special thanks to Artech for their Public Art Grant which provided installation support and Zot Lasers for laser cutting services.

Funding is made possible through the Seattle Park District.