Temporary artwork installed at City Hall

Central Park Azalea Walk Dreamscape by artist Daniel Ambrosi on view thru February 21, 2017 at City Hall

For the next three months, a new artwork will illuminate the lobby of City Hall outside – the Bertha Knight Landes room. The large-scale artwork, Central Park Azalea Walk Dreamscape by artist Daniel Ambrosi, is 12 x 8-feet and consist of 63 photographs printed on SEG tension fabric that were stitched together into one image. The artwork that gives the viewer the sensation of being able to enter the landscape.

The artist states: My “grand format” landscape images that result from computational photography are inspired by the 19th century master paintings of the Hudson River School and by the great romantic European landscape paintings that preceded them. Like those works, some of which reached 10 feet in width, I’ve endeavored to create uncannily immersive and idyllic scenic experiences that deliver both breadth and details. Thanks to custom modifications made to Google’s DeepDream software, it has become possible to imbue my giant landscape images with a stunning degree of wholly unexpected form and content that is only revealed upon close-up viewing. These “Dreamscapes” represent my attempt to remind myself (and others) that we are all actively participating in a shared waking dream, a dream that is on the precipice of considerable amplification by rapid advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

About the artist:

Daniel Ambrosi is based in Half Moon Bay, California. Ambrosi has been exploring novel methods of visual presentation since graduating from Cornell University in 1984 with degrees in architecture and computer graphics. He is a Cornell National Scholar & Eschweiler Prize Recipient and began his career with NBBJ. Ambrosi’s latest work builds upon his previous experiments by adding a powerful new graphics tool to his artistic workflow; namely “DeepDream,” a technique evolved from Google engineers’ desire to visualize the inner workings of Deep Learning artificial intelligence models.

Central Park Azalea Walk Dreamscape Details:

ARTIST: Daniel Ambrosi

ENGINEERS: Joseph Smarr (Google) and Chris Lamb (NVIDIA)

STATS:

  • Number of Photos: 63 (7 wide x 3 high x 3 “deep”)
  • Resolution: 20123 x 13462 pixels (270+ megapixels)
  • Horizontal Field of View: ~240 degrees
  • Vertical Field of View: ~90 degrees
  • Medium: SEG Tension Fabric Structure (LED Perimeter Lighting)
  • Dimensions: 144” wide x 96” high

Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series Returns to City Hall this Summer

The highly popular Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series is returning for its 39th year, bringing free, live music to Downtown employees, residents and visitors.

Enjoy some summertime tunes with performances from some of the Puget Sound’s most recognized bands as well as local up-and-comers. This highly anticipated summertime attraction, which draws thousands of people each week, will take place at City Hall Plaza and other various outdoor locations and parks throughout Downtown.

 

 

Join us every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.
City Hall Plaza, 600 4th Ave.

Out to Lunch Concert series schedule

Thurs, July 7 Aqueduct, Indie Singer/Songwriter

Thurs, July 14 Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra

Thurs, July 21 Nolan Garrett, Blues and Rock Musician

Thurs, July 28 Clinton Fearon, Reggae Singer/Songwriter

Thurs, Aug. 4 Industrial Revelation, Jazz Quartet

Thurs, Aug. 11 Tacocat, Pop-Punk Quartet

Thurs, Aug. 18 Fly Moon Royalty, Electro-Soul Duo

Thurs, Aug. 25 Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project

For the full Out To Lunch Concert schedule as well as a complete list of all Downtown events during the summer, please visit: http://www.downtownseattle.com/Summer/

SEATTLE AT WORK Housing Affordability

Join Mayor Murray and department directors to discuss how Seattle is at work in your neighborhood and throughout the city.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 5-7 p.m.
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

We’ll be continuing the conversation around the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda, and we’d like your help in creating new programs aimed at increasing housing affordability, reducing housing barriers, and strengthening tenant protections.

Connect with City resources, including ARTS and learn about projects and programs that are working to make Seattle a Safe, Innovative, Affordable, Interconnected, & Vibrant City!

Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series Returns to City Hall this Summer

The highly popular Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series is returning for its 38th year, bringing free, live music to Downtown employees, residents and visitors.

The Dip

Many of the Puget Sound’s most recognized bands, as well as up-and-comers are featured throughout the concert series. The concerts are a much-anticipated summertime attraction, which draw thousands of people each week. Performances will take place at City Hall Plaza and other various outdoor locations and parks throughout Downtown.

Join us every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. this summer for our Out to Lunch Concert series at City Hall Plaza!

City Hall Plaza, 600 4th Ave. concert schedule:

Thurs, July 9
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Jazz Ensemble

Thurs, July 16
Bleachbear & COHO + Live Painter presented by Abbey Arts Indie Pop

Thurs, July 23
Austin Jenckes Country-Folk Singer/Songwriter

Thurs, July 30
Greta Matassa & Friends Jazz Vocalist

Thurs, Aug. 6
Naomi Wachira Afro-Folk Singer/Songwriter

Thur, Aug. 13
Vaudeville Etiquette Boot-Stomping Folk Rock

Thurs, Aug. 20
V. Contreras Alternative Soul

Thurs, Aug. 27
Industrial Revelation Garage-Jazz Quartet

Full Out To Lunch Concert schedule and a complete list of all Downtown events during the summer can be found here: http://www.downtownseattle.com/Summer/

Image courtesy Payton Bordley