Temporary art on the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Opening celebration for Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday, August 11th from 12 – 4pm at the Rainier Beach Playfield


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), will be celebrating the opening of the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday August 11th from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Playfield.

The Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles stretching from the Rainier Beach Branch of the Seattle Public Library to Mount Baker. The route includes improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, and pavement repairs that make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.

SDOT and ARTS commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway for Art Interruptions 2018. The artworks inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Participating artists are Susan Ringstad-Emery, Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Karey Kessler, Miya Sukune, Isobel Davis, Lana Blinderman, and Lawrence Pitre. Art Interruptions is funded by the Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Arts Funds.

All community members and kids are invited to join in the celebration on August 11. The following organizations will be at the event:

  • Parks Department Greenway Initiative
  • Trees for Neighborhoods – apply for free trees
  • Seattle Department of Transportation – vision zero information and games
  • Office of Arts & Culture – art scavenger hunt with a chance to win a free popsicle
  • Info on making your street a “Play Street”

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University Bridge in a whole new light: artists Ian Campbell and Hayley Buckbee selected for lighting artist residency

Ian Campbell and Hayley Buckbee, two members of RSVR an art and design studio, have been selected for the University Bridge Lighting artist residency. The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) commissioned Campbell and Buckbee to create a lighting concept and undertake an in-depth exploration of Seattle’s three historic draw bridges: the University, Fremont, and Ballard bridges, which will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2017.

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) commissioned Campbell and Buckbee to undertake an in-depth exploration of Seattle’s three historic draw bridges: the University, Fremont, and Ballard bridges, which will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2017, and to create a lighting concept that celebrates these iconic structures.

The University Bridge is a double-leaf draw bridge, known as a bascule bridge, built in 1919 with an opening span of 217 feet. The bridge was remodeled in 1933 and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. A bridge operator is on site every day in the northwestern tower, the southeastern tower is unoccupied and will be used for the residency. It will be furnished with a desk, chair, overhead lights, and windows.

At RSVR, Campbell and Buckbee focus on merging architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of light, the process of making, and the formation of memories. Both Campbell and Buckbee graduated from The University of Washington’s Master of Architecture program and have been involved in public art projects.

Commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1 % for Art funds.

Image courtesy of Ian Campbell and Hayley Buckbee

An artistic vision for downtown Seattle, brought to you by Susan Robb

Artist Susan Robb has been commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to research, develop, and create a Public Art Plan for downtown Seattle. Robb will guide and influence the development of a public art plan that creates a robust, cohesive, and long-range vision for SDOT’s 1% for Art programming and art enhancements in Seattle’s downtown core. The residency will last approximately six months, beginning in May and running through October 2016.

Robb will work with SDOT staff, project design team consultants, and project stakeholders to examine downtown Seattle’s capital projects and engage community members and organizations such as Lake2Bay and Downtown Seattle Association/Municipal Improvement District. Her work will inform a public art master plan that brings cohesion to the various capital projects slated for downtown Seattle.

Robb’s proposed approach to working with Seattle’s downtown core reflects her ongoing, process-driven, investigation of people and place. Her work varies from sculpture, photography, and video, to temporary, site responsive, and socially engaged projects. She has been awarded commissions from 4Culture, King County Parks, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and grants from Creative Capital, Artist Trust, 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Other awards include a Pollack Krasner Fellowship, a Stranger Genius Award, and support by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Robb has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues like Berkeley Art Museum; Palm Springs Art Museum; Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Weisman Art Museum, MN; Family Business, NYC; Discovery Greens, Houston TX; Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui HI; Tacoma Art Museum; Lawrimore Project; The Henry Gallery; Swing Space, NYC; and Blindside Gallery, Melbourne Australia. Robb’s work has been included in public, private, and civic collections worldwide.

Photo credit: Andrew Pogue.


Artist Charles Sowers selected for Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Project

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has selected artist Charles Sowers to be a member of the design team for the proposed Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Project. Sowers will work with SDOT and project designers to develop and design artistic elements that will be integrated into the new bridge.

SDOT is proposing to design and construct a pedestrian and bicycle overpass across I-5 that will connect North Seattle College, the Licton Springs neighborhood, and communities west of the freeway with the future Northgate Sound Transit light rail station, and the eastern portion of the Northgate Urban Center, and Northgate Mall. The bridge would include a spur linking directly to the mezzanine level of the light rail station.

Sowers is based in San Francisco, CA and has a B.A. in anthropology from Oberlin College, OH. Sower’s work presents and incorporates actual physical phenomena that draw people into careful observation and interaction. His works often elicit a sense of delight and wonder and highlight natural phenomena. He has completed public art commissions for the San Francisco Arts Commission at the Randal Museum (Windswept, 2011) and the San Francisco International Airport (Butterfly Wall, 2011) as well as the Science Education Center (Wave Wall, 2006) in Livingston, LA.

Sowers was selected by a panel of artists, design professionals, Lichton Springs and Seattle Community College representatives and SDOT staff. The artist’s design work is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds. Read more about the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge here.

Windswept, 2011, Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA., 35’L x 20’H – aluminum, stainless steel. Photo: courtesy of artist


Jen Dixon selected to create artwork for Westlake Cycle Track

Artist: Jen Dixon

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation has selected Seattle artist Jen Dixon to create a permanent, site-specific artwork along the Westlake Cycle Track route.

The Westlake Cycle Track Project will build a protected bicycle lane in the Westlake corridor and provide a direct connection between the Fremont Bridge and downtown Seattle/South Lake Union. The artwork Dixon has been commissioned to create is intended to address the functional aspects of the cycle track by including elements that may contribute to way-finding, lighting, or otherwise making the space more legible for cyclists and pedestrians.  Construction on the track will begin in late 2015.

Dixon was invited from a pre-selected roster of artists to apply for the commission. She is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Her art discipline includes small intimate objects, drawings, prints, and books and larger public artworks that reflect the communities they are call home.

Her process is close to that of an archaeologist ­–– uncovering and discovering hidden layers and piecing together a narrative from the remains. In addition, she is committed to projects that allow art to be made accessible to the public in ways that are both subtle and unexpected.

Dixon received an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, a BFA in painting and drawing from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and studied painting and drawing at the Leo Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has received a number of awards including Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Memorial Special Recognition Award in 1999.

Photo credit: Jennifer Dixon, FlipBooks, 2008. LOCATION; Interurban Trail, Between North 110th Street and North 128th Street at Linden Avenue North. FUNDING SOURCE; Seattle Department of Transportation’s 1% for Art Funds. Jim Tillman Photography