Artwork dedication at Beacon Hill Food Forest

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2 p.m.
15th Ave S & S Dakota St, Seattle, WA 98108

On September 16th, during the Beacon Food Forest’s monthly work party, we will dedicate Nicole Kistler’s artwork Vessels. The artworks are a series of cast iron sculptures that dot the community garden on Seattle Public Utilities property at Beacon Reservoir. Building on the inspiration of the reservoir as a container, they evoke puffball mushrooms holding spores, berries holding seeds, seed pods, and ceramic water jugs. Likewise, the sculptures hold stories from the community. Kistler interviewed Food Forest volunteers and neighbors over several summer months capturing food stories and traditions on audio, and imbedding them into the permanent works. The artist also held a series of seed ball workshops bringing attention to fruit and vegetable production in an urban settings. Kistler worked closely with the Food Forest’s Steering Committee, Co-founders Jacqueline Cramer and Glenn Herlihy, and Arts and Culture Chair Julia Haack, all artists in their own right, to integrate the organically shaped sculptures throughout this urban permaculture garden.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) encourages urban farming through its solid waste program; Kistler wrote an Urban Agriculture art plan following a residency investigating opportunities for artist engagement in urban settings, such as P-Patches run by the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation ‘s food production facilities and SPU’s Beacon Reservoir. Kistler identified Beacon Food Forest as a potential site for a community-engaged process to develop and locate a permanent art project.

SPU entered into an agreement with the P-Patch program to develop and expand the Food Forest. This artwork, on SPU property, highlights the opportunities to raise food in city as a community-centered activity, and the need to encourage sustainable practices in urban food production.

New Seattle Public Utilities Design Standards & Guidelines

The latest edition of Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU’s) Design Standards and Guidelines (DSG) is now published online. The DSG provides engineering requirements, details, specifications, policies, and procedures for designing SPU infrastructures. In the past, the DSG was only available in text form and on demand. With the DSG online, engineers and designers now have access to the most current SPU design standards and guidelines at their fingertips.

If you have any questions about SPU’s Design Standards and Guidelines, please contact the DSG team at spu_dsg@seattle.gov.

City of Seattle to Host Community Open House in South Lake Union

South Lake Union residents, employees and businesses are invited to a community open house and informational meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North. This event is hosted by the South Lake Union Community Council and the City of Seattle.

From 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., various city departments will share information about their projects and programs that will affect the South Lake Union neighborhood.

  • SDOT will present information on changes they’re making to signal timing along Mercer; connecting the new Westlake Protected Bike Lane to the neighborhood and downtown along 9th Ave N to 7th Ave and Bell Street; upgrading bus service to the University District; extending the SLU Streetcar line to downtown; managing on-street
    parking and loading; and replacing the last timber-supported bridge in Seattle, the Fairview Ave N Bridge
  • The Office of Planning and Community Development will explain its Open Space Plan
  • Seattle City Light will explain its Advanced Metering program and the construction impacts of the Denny Substation Project
  • Seattle Public Utilities will have information about recycling and food waste collection for apartment residents
  • The Office of Housing will explain various affordable housing programs, including Mandatory Housing Affordability
  • There will be information about the city’s Democracy Voucher program

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Seattle City Light will also host a community information meeting about the possible sale of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street.

Aerial view of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street

The utility is considering selling or transferring the property for full market value. There will be representatives from various City departments there to answer questions about the proposal.

For more information on the 800 Aloha Street property, please visit www.seattle.gov/light/surplus.

City of Seattle to Host Community Open House in South Lake Union

South Lake Union residents, employees and businesses are invited to a community open house and informational meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North. This event is hosted by the South Lake Union Community Council and the City of Seattle.

From 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., various city departments will share information about their projects and programs that will affect the South Lake Union neighborhood.

  • SDOT will present information on changes they’re making to signal timing along Mercer; connecting the new Westlake Protected Bike Lane to the neighborhood and downtown along 9th Ave N to 7th Ave and Bell Street; upgrading bus service to the University District; extending the SLU Streetcar line to downtown; managing on-street
    parking and loading; and replacing the last timber-supported bridge in Seattle, the Fairview Ave N Bridge
  • The Office of Planning and Community Development will explain its Open Space Plan
  • Seattle City Light will explain its Advanced Metering program and the construction impacts of the Denny Substation Project
  • Seattle Public Utilities will have information about recycling and food waste collection for apartment residents
  • The Office of Housing will explain various affordable housing programs, including Mandatory Housing Affordability
  • There will be information about the city’s Democracy Voucher program

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Seattle City Light will also host a community information meeting about the possible sale of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street.

Aerial view of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street

The utility is considering selling or transferring the property for full market value. There will be representatives from various City departments there to answer questions about the proposal.

For more information on the 800 Aloha Street property, please visit www.seattle.gov/light/surplus.

Jeffrey Veregge selected to create artwork honoring Coast Salish culture at the Salmon Bay Pump Station

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has commissioned artist Jeffrey Veregge for an artwork to honor Coast Salish culture at the Salmon Bay Pump Station project. Veregge will join the Salmon Bay Pump Station design team to develop artwork for the future SPU facility in the Ballard neighborhood. The artwork and pump station are expected to be completed in 2024.

Jeffrey Veregge is an award-winning Native American comic book artist from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Kingston, Washington.  His work uses Coastal Salish and contemporary graphic design techniques dubbed “Salish Geek” by his fans and peers.  In addition to his work for Marvel, Valiant and IDW Publishing, his art is included in the collections of NIKE, Viacom, Museum of Pop Culture, Yale University, Washington State Historical Society, University of Washington and the Seattle Art Museum. His work has also appeared in numerous websites and publications such as Fast Company Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, io9, Seattle Magazine, Native Peoples, Cowboys and Indians and Wired Magazine. Veregge’s creator-owned six-issue comic series, Demicon, published by Native Realities Press, will debut later this spring.

Seattle Public Utilities and King County are working together to build an underground storage tunnel to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Ship Canal during rainstorms. This project is called the Ship Canal Water Quality Project and includes the Salmon Bay Pump Station (24th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW). The pump station will pump stored sewage and stormwater from the tunnel to King County’s West Point Water Treatment Facility.

Veregge was selected by a panel of artists, tribal and community members, city staff and consultants. The project is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds.

Photo: Jeffrey Veregge (photo: Rachel Ann Seymour)

Image: Red Wolf, digital drawing, 2015