Spring Public Art Collection Conservation and Maintenance Highlights

This spring the Office of Arts & Culture was very excited to begin working with contractor Diamond Kitchen & Bath to recondition Watergate at Meadowbrook Pond. Created by artists Kate Wade, Peggy Gaynor and Lydia Aldredge in 2000, the original wood comprising the structure has deteriorated over time and will receive a critical renovation of the support timbers to ensure integrity for many years to come.


In Columbia City, Marvin Oliver’s Spirit of Washington, a bronze Coast Salish design whale fin, received conservation treatments to restore its beautiful finish. Installed in Columbia Park in 1991, the Spirit of Washington artwork proudly ornaments the landscape between the Columbia Branch Library and the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.


On Kite Hill in Gasworks Park, artists Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare completed the finishing touches on the conservation of their historic Sundial artwork installed in 1978. Seattle Parks and Recreation have been working on a significant renovation of the landscaping around the artwork, including rebuilding the berms that frame the Sundial and modifications to drainage and access paths. Kite Hill re-opened to the public on June 15, 2015.


The Office of Arts & Culture conservation staff had the privilege of meeting with artist Val Laigo’s family to consult on the conservation of his 1981 mural East is West, located at Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. Val’s family is graciously donating ceramic and glass tiles remaining from the original installation, and spoke with staff about the artist’s unique creation process and extraordinary life.


Photos by Tiffany Hendrick

Kite Hill re-opening at Gas Works Park

Monday, June 15, 2015; Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation are celebrating the reopening of Kite Hill at Gas Works Park. On Monday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a short ceremony honoring the architecture of Gas Works Park and the artwork Sundial.

Designed by renowned landscape architect Rich Haag, Gas Works Park is a unique reclamation of industrial land as a public park. Haag will share his experiences designing the park and will be joined by artists Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare, as they share the story of the creation, fabrication and installation of the artwork Sundial.

Kite Hill has been closed since Sept. 2, 2014 as Gas Works Park has undergone a soil cover project on the hill. The project added a layer of soil and new grass on Kite Hill in advance of an offshore sediment cleanup at the edge of Lake Union. By adding clean soil to Kite Hill the risk of recontamination of the sediments from the surface flow of storm water is minimized. Both Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are very supportive of this early action as we move towards the sediment remedy.

Gas Works Park is located at 2101 N. Northlake Way on the edge of Lake Union.

Image caption: Charles Greening and Kim Lazare “Sundial,” 1978; courtesy Office of Arts & Culture.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=293

Make it an LED Holiday Season

As the holiday season grows near, neighborhoods across the country are already well into their annual transformation into festivals of lights.  From inflatable snowmen in front yards to houses decorated top to bottom with lights, there is no escaping the holiday cheer. We’ve even seen an aluminum tree bathed in rotating colored lights displayed in all its 1970s disco glory right here in Seattle.

While we appreciate a dash of retro spirit so Santa can get down with his bad elf self, Seattle City Light, the nation’s greenest utility, encourages you to join us in celebrating a LED filled holiday season.

Making the switch to LED light bulbs provides a sturdier, longer lasting and easier-to-install alternative to incandescent lights. These energy efficient light-emitting diodes use 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights, making them the greenest choice; regardless of the color you choose. Using less energy will save you money. Additionally, these lights put out less heat making them not only the smarter choice, but the safer one too.

If you’re organized and already put up your display, now is the time to plan ahead for next season. The best time to buy LED holiday lights starts Dec. 26 so .

Seattle City Light Partners with Preservation Green Lab on Main Street Challenge



Seattle City Light will be partnering with Preservation Green Lab in its mission to “strengthen the fabric of communities by leveraging the value of existing buildings to reduce resource waste, create jobs, and bolster a strong sense of community.”

Preservation Green Lab, supported by the U.S Department of Energy, is a local program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Currently, Preservation Green Lab is participating in a nation-wide 3-year initiative “America Saves! Energizing Main Street’s Small Businesses.”  This program is designed to promote and encourage energy efficiency while realizing the true financial benefits associated with it. By focusing their efforts on small buildings and businesses in Main Street communities, Preservation Green Lab sees an opportunity to generate economic and environmental benefits.  In addition to raising awareness of the potential for these Main Street communities to save money by altering their energy usage, the program also encourages reinvestment back into the community.

Locally, under this program, Preservation Green Lab will work with 150 small businesses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill EcoDistrict.  In order for this program to be successful, it is crucial that Preservation Green Lab has access to data from local utility companies. City Light will provide energy consumption data on behalf of participating businesses along with funding for eligible conservation measures.

Seattle City Light Protects Salmon Habitat

City Light acquired two properties on the Skagit and Sauk Rivers for fish habitat preservation.

The Skagit River property consists of 62 acres with 500 feet of river frontage, a slough, and extensive side channels. The Sauk river property is nearly three acres with 300 feet of river frontage located just upstream of Darrington.

The purchases were funded with a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and City Light funds.

City Light holds more than 13,000 acres of land to conserve habitat for wildlife and threatened and endangered fish.