Ben Zamora selected to create a permanent public artwork for Madison Bus Rapid Transit Corridor

The Office of Arts & Culture, (ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), has selected Seattle artist Ben Zamora to create a permanent, site-specific artwork along the Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit route.

“I am excited about this opportunity to create a new artwork that will serve as a vibrant focal point resonating with energy of a city in constant change and movement,” Says Zamora. “I hope this new work will reflect the spirit and identity of this community, serve as a beacon from afar and an interactive experience up close.”

The Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will provide fast, frequent, reliable, and safe public transportation between First Avenue in downtown Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr Way. The new route will serve densely developed neighborhoods and feature a redesigned streetscape as well as new state-of-the-art electric trolley buses. Throughout 2017, The artist will participate in a variety of outreach and community conversations to develop a proposed design. Construction is scheduled to being in early 2018.

Zamora is best known for his light-based artwork and earned a MFA from University of Washington in 2005. He has created large-scale installations and sculptures for Art Basel/Design Miami, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and the Frye Art Museum, as well as a number of other galleries, museums, private art collections, and public art projects including the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

The artwork is being funded through SDOT and Move Seattle Levy 1% for Arts Funds.

Photo: BEN ZAMORA, IMAGE 10 & 11, NEVER FINISHED, 2014, Seattle, Washington. Photo credit: Mark Woods. Dimensions: 20’ x 50’ x 15’
Description: Created as a companion piece to THROUGH HOLLOW LANDS (Frye Art Museum, 2012). A Lilienthal/Zamora project. 300 suspended fluorescent tubes move from the gallery’s wood planked floor and ascent toward the open beam ceiling, expanding and imploding. Black and white tubes create the movement.

 

South Park gets a new park and art by artist Ben Zamora

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.

Artists interpret the Duwamish for Duwamish Revealed, a summer celebration of Seattle’s only river

Duwamish Revealed is a series of outdoor art installations, performances, community activities and other adventures to celebrate the Duwamish River. Four art installations, SuperfunSuperfund, Clear, Duwamish Lighthouse and ALONG. STANDING. IN THE MIDDLE OF DARKNESS. INVISIBLE. were directly supported by the Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture 1% for Art Funds.

Superfun Superfund by Framework. Superfun? Or Superfund? Framework has created a set of illuminated remote controlled “word boats” – like large scale, floating refrigerator magnets! Move the words around in a superFUN animated dialogue about the river, the cleanup, and what the future holds! Look for the installation at Duwamish Revealed events throughout the summer, including the Water Festival on August 15 & 16. http://www.duwamishrevealed.com/superfun-superfund/

Clear uses industrial and mechanical systems and sound to explore the many forms of water and its flow, from the industrial to the natural process. A performance that embodies those processes and highlights the sounds of the installation is also part of the work. Special viewing August 8th from 7-9 p.m. and September 19th from 2-5 p.m.

Learn more at: http://www.duwamishrevealed.com/map-location/klaas-hubner-lysandre-coutu-sauve/?mpfy_map=301&mpfy-pin=319#sthash.cc4que7c.dpuf

The Duwamish Lighthouse is a beacon for a river. It collects real-time water quality data, checks how clean the river is according to EPA water quality standards, and then translates this to humans in the form of our own breathing as light: Steady and relaxed is a cleaner river, fast and spasmodic is a polluted river. The Lighthouse will be illuminated from 10 p.m. to midnight; view from downtown Seattle or on the docks near Salty’s in West Seattle.

To learn more, and interact with the Lighthouse, go to www.georgeleestudio.com/duwamishlighthouse

ALONG. STANDING. IN THE MIDDLE OF DARKNESS. INVISIBLE. By Ben Zamora. Perched on the riverbank, Zamora’s piece illuminates and reflects the landscape around it. At 12th Avenue South and S Elmgrove Street

Learn more at: http://www.duwamishrevealed.com/map-location/ben-zamora/?mpfy_map=301&mpfy-pin=312#sthash.gnP2k66N.dpuf: