2017 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk

August 3 – December 31, 2017


This fall, eight artists invite you to discover Seattle’s cultural “Heart of the City” where all people can feel a sense of belonging, and participate in community and something bigger than themselves. Seattle Center Sculpture Walk is brought to you through the support of Seattle Center, and the Office of Arts & Culture, with the sponsorship of Alaska Airlines.

***Special Offer: Snap your pic or video of the temporary art installations at Seattle Center, upload to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and tag it with #iARTAlaska. Make sure your post is Public. On the first of each month (September thru December), we’ll select one winning post to receive round trip air travel for two on Alaska Airlines. More info: seattlecenter.com/art

Seattle Center Sculpture Walking Tour
Thursday, September 21, 6-7 p.m.
The tour will start at the Monorail platform, located northwest of the Space Needle, and will end in the Armory where guests, 21 and up, may participate in Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour featuring a no-host bar and specials in the Armory restaurants. 

Sitting Pretty
Hugo Moro

Hugo Moro’s Sitting Pretty weaves recycled vinyl banners into benches on the Seattle Center campus to enliven the visitor’s experience. Through this work, Moro explores ideas of conservation and up-cycling in the visual arts.

April Soetarman

For chimeforest, April Soetarman created a series of suspended metal pieces tuned to a five or seven musical tone Javanese gamelan scale. This temporary installation incorporates sonic diversity and serves as a complement to the permanent sound installations featuring Western harmonies at Seattle Center, including the Artists at Play playground by Northwest artists Judith Caldwell and Trimpin, and Dan Corson’s Sonic Bloom.

Henry Jackson-Spieker

Henry Jackson-Spieker’s Lattice uses specific materials to represent Seattle’s industrial past, creative industries present, and changing future. Through this focus on the past, present, and future of Seattle, the artist illustrates how the center or focus of the city has changed. Jackson-Spieker chose steel, wood, and aircraft cables to represent Seattle’s industrial past and anchor the work, both literally and figuratively, in a woven web. Seattle’s present is represented by blown glass and cast bronze, symbolizing the tangible elements of Seattle, such as technology and industry, and its intangible elements of music, art, and culture. To represent Seattle’s future, Jackson-Spieker uses both the lighting of the covered walkway and the shape of the entire sculpture to mark the center of the city: anyone walking or standing under the sculpture becomes Lattice’s focal point.

Randi Ganulin

Randi Ganulin’s Lodestar is inspired by the Hindu myth of the god Indra’s casting of a net over the Earth. Ganulin’s artwork represents Indra’s infinite net, adorned with mirrored jewels at each juncture, so that each reflective gem infinitely reflects every other.

Erin Genia

Using a rainbow palette to signify the celebration of diversity at Seattle Center, the “Heart of the City,” Erin Genia created a hand-pieced Morningstar banner. The Morningstar is a Native American symbol for patience and purity, attributes revered in the face of conflicting views on diversity.

To see the Morningstar, follow Venus: it can be seen as the brightest light in the east before dawn and in the west before the sun has set. Resilience carries the message that diversity is beautiful and pays homage to urban Native people’s resilience through vibrant cultural expression.

Wake Up Call
Kalina Chung

In Chinese culture, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. With 2017 came a new American presidential administration, which has led to national clashes of cultural differences and beliefs. Kalina Chung’s Wake Up Call incorporates American roosters as weathervanes atop poles around Key Arena entrances. The weathervanes are repurposed and display red and gold, the traditional celebratory colors of Chinese New Year, while the rooster symbolizes civil responsibility, protection, and courage.

Camouflage Net Project
Tara Tamaribuchi

On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which sent more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent to prison camps during World War II, Tara Tamaribuchi’s Camouflage Net Project highlights the camouflage net factories at the Santa Anita Assembly Center, Manzanar and Gila River internment camps, where Japanese Americans made tens of thousands of these nets for the U.S. Army.

Tamaribuchi stated that “the intention of this installation is to connect my handiwork to that of my incarcerated community, send pride of heritage back to them through use of traditional kimono fabric, and create a discrimination filter with camouflage. Camouflage protects people and objects by blending them into their surroundings. In 2017, we are witness to federal policies that discriminate against race, religion, sexual orientation, and other identifiers. This camouflage is a metaphor for protection from discrimination. It acts as a filter through which we see the true nature of people, as interconnected with each other and the world.”

Rest to the Nest
Sofia Babaeva

The title of Sofia Babaeva’s work, Rest to the Nest, elevates geography as an important aspect of identity. Babaeva was inspired by barn swallow nests here in the Pacific Northwest that are often seen tucked under bridges, covered walkways, and awnings. Year after year, the swallows return to the same nests to rest, and the colonies swell in size with each hatchling. In this installation, the artist draws parallels between human settlements and social structures and colonies of barn swallows. Through Rest to the Nest we can explore how proximity and privacy coexist in groups of built structures, and how they can create respite and safety from social stressors, tighten social bonds, and build communities.

Check out temporary art in Rainier Valley and Seattle Center before they’re gone

Art Interruptions along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Seattle Center Sculpture Walk On view now through January 3, 2017

Temporary art by 14 artists has popped up along Rainier Valley and at Seattle Center this fall. Ranging from whimsical and conceptual, to comical and topical. Don’t miss three opportunities to talk to the artists and tour the work:

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk Tour
Thursday, September 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Seattle Center, Next 50 Pavilion
305 Harrison street Seattle, WA 98109

The tour will start at the Next 50 Pavilion, and ends in the Armory where guests, 21 and up, can participate in Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour featuring a no-host bar and specials from the Armory restaurants.

Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
EMP Museum
325 5th Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Artist Loreen Matsushima we be on site creating the second installation of her artwork Redacting the Skyline.

Kick off Feet First’s WALKTOBER with a Walk for Fun event
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Explore the SE Seattle neighborhood by foot, and experience Art Interruptions and meet the participating artists along the new Rainier Valley Greenway on October 1. WALKTOBER is hosted by Feet First and encourages people in Washington to explore their surroundings by walking for fun, walking to work, and walking to school during the month of October. http://www.feetfirst.org/event/walktober-walk-your-world?instance_id=7465

2016 Art Interruptions

Art Interruptions, an annual temporary art program created by the Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, will offer ephemeral moments of surprise and reflection in the Rainer Valley East-West Neighborhood Greenway. This area includes: New Holly, Othello, Brighton, Lakewood and Seward Park.  Beginning September, seven temporary installations on view in the greenway will inspire and enliven the route with an element of the unexpected. Art Interruptions is funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

The artworks range from street sign paintings to a collage fabricated entirely out of aluminum soda cans. The seven selected artists include Ruben David, Melissa Koch, Vikram Madan, Ulises Mariscal, Kemba N. Opio, little talia, and Junko Yamamoto. This year, six of the selected artists participated in the 2016 Public Art Boot Camp, a free two-day intensive basic training overview offered by the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program offered to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm.

2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk

This fall the 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk will transform the Seattle Center Campus with eight art spectacles that will change the way visitors experience the Center grounds. Artworks range from sculptural and conceptual, to comical and surprising with an element of grandeur. The 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk features the works of artists Laura Buchan, Minh Carrico, Satpreet Kahlon, Edward Key, Terrell Lozada, Loreen Matsushima, Steven Markussen, and artist team Suzanne Morlock and Glenn Messersmith. All of the artists participated in the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp. Seattle Center Sculpture Walk is made possible through Seattle Center and the Office of Arts & Culture.