Studio Wowhaus selected to create artworks for Delridge RapidRide

Open house with the artists
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW, Room 111
Seattle, WA 98106

Walk and Talk with the artists
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
NW corner of Delridge Way SW and Henderson

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), selected artists Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable of Studio Wowhaus to create a permanent, site-specific artwork as part of the corridor improvements that will occur with the implementation of RapidRide, Line H along Delridge Way SW. Upgrades to Metro Route 120 into the RapidRide H Line include adding more buses, upgrading to Metro RapidRide bus stops, improving sidewalks and paths, and the incorporation of a new public artwork.

As part of their artistic process, artists Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable will solicit feedback from residents through a variety of community conversations and walks along the corridor. On Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:30 -7 pm, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the artists will be participating in an open house/drop in session prior to the Delridge Neighborhood District Council. This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the project from SDOT representatives and meet the artists. In addition, on Thursday, January 18, the artists will be leading a walk and talk in order to learn more about the neighborhood; anyone interested in participating should gather at 3:30 pm at the NW corner of Delridge Way SW and Henderson.

Studio Wowhaus has a depth of experience working on transportation and right-of-way projects, and has a passion for community engagement. Past artworks incorporate feedback from multi-audience engagement, and provide visibility to vehicular traffic and up-close interest/interactivity for pedestrians. To learn more about the project, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/transit-program/rapid-ride/delridge-rapidride

Prior to joining Wowhaus, Ene Osteraas-Constable worked as an educational multimedia writer and producer for Paramount Publishing. The recipient of two Creative Work Fund Grants as well as an Oakland Individual Artist’s grant, Osteraas-Constable received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts. She was the first Program Coordinator for the Edible Schoolyard, contributing to the establishment of the seminal organic gardening and cooking program founded by Alice Waters. A native New Yorker, her work is also informed by her time in New York City at the Public Art Fund, co-producing the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, and producing the Bryant Park Festival.

Scott Constable is the founder and principal of Wowhaus, a multi-disciplinary art/design collaborative whose award-winning work over the past two decades spans public art, social practice, architecture and furniture design. Constable is also the founder and author of Deep Craft, a popular web blog that draws from his ongoing craft-based research and observation. Constable has taught and lectured at diverse schools and institutions, including the California College of the Arts, where he was the 2010 Wornick Distinguished Professor of Wood Arts. He has been artist in residence at Grizedale Arts, Mildred’s Lane, and the Kohler Arts Center, and has been awarded many honors and distinctions, including an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. A native of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Constable studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned his degree with a concentration in Sculpture/Generative Systems.

This project is funded through SDOT 1% for Art funding.

Image: SPARK: 3 of 4 Mosaic Murals, 2012,
Commissioned by: Chabot College, Hayward, CA
Site: Chabot College Observatory
Media: Iridescent glass, glass, mirror, grout
4 murals, each 10’h x 12’w
Symbolizing the spark of inspiration, creativity & insight fostered through education at the college, this artwork evokes the cosmos & spirit of scientific inquiry. Mirrored glass & iridescent glass catch the sunlight & cast colored light patterns on passerby.