Artist Peter Reiquam selected to create public artwork for SPU Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), has selected Peter Reiquam to create a permanent, outdoor, site-specific artwork as part of the new SPU Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center to be located at 4500 W Marginal Way S. SPU Drainage and Wastewater employees clean and repair the City’s sewer and drainage systems, investigate waterway pollution, provide emergency response to storm events and natural disasters and more. The new center will increase SPU’s operational efficiencies while providing closer proximity to service areas.

Peter Reiquam creates artwork that responds directly to the history, culture and current use of the site location. Often balancing humor with elegance, his work is large scale, recognizable and frequently serves as a meaningful site marker.

Since earning an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 1984, Peter Reiquam has primarily focused on creating interactive, site-specific installations in response to the history, culture and surrounding landscape of the site.

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

Image: HIT OR MISS 2015
Pierce County Skills Center, Puyallup, WA
An iconic, interactive, freestanding sculpture, Hit or Miss represents the most basic of tools and by extension all of the specialized tools used in the various programs taught at the Skills Center.
Powder-coated aluminum, stainless steel
15′ x 10′ x 10′
Washington State Arts Commission and Bethel School District

Water is the new muse for Poetry on Buses

Popular poetry program launches a region wide effort in 2016-17

SEATTLE (February 8, 2016) – After a successful reboot in 2014, Poetry on Buses is now going region-wide, sharing locally-sourced poems in at least eight languages across multiple transit systems, an online portal, and in communities across King County.

The program will be formally announced and launch to the public on Earth Day, April 22, 2016 and detailed information will be available at Residents will have through October 2016 to submit poems for consideration and the poetry will roll out on transit and online in April 2017, just in time for National Poetry Month.

Poetry on Buses is expanding this year thanks to funds from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) 1% for art funds. In celebration of this, residents will be invited to submit poems on the theme of water. Exploring a water-related theme has local resonance as well as universal significance; water defines our geographic landscape and impacts our health and wellbeing on a daily basis, and offers rich poetic possibilities.

A series of community poetry workshops will be held during the spring and summer months to encourage the public to submit poetry, explore the theme and multiple poetic traditions, and foster creative thinking and expression. Community liaisons and poets in Amharic, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish-speaking and Urban Native communities will create custom, bilingual workshops to reach Seattle and King County’s diverse communities.

The program is further expanding to present poems on a broader range of buses, light rail, street car and station venues. This is in thanks to a partnership between 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Sound Transit.

About Poetry on Buses

Poetry on Buses began in 1992 as a partnership between 4Culture and King County Metro Transit to present poetry from the local community on placards found right above bus seats. It was rebooted in 2014-15 with poems and workshops in five languages, an online poetry portal (showcasing 365 poems – one new poem released every day of the year) and a focus on Metro Transit’s RapidRide.


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Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle The Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at Follow @SeattleArts or


4Culture As the cultural funding agency for King County, 4Culture works to make our region vibrant. Using lodging tax and percent-for-art funds, 4Culture’s four main program areas—arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art—put public resources to work in your community.


Upcoming Installation by artist Jean Shin

The artwork RECLAIMED by artist Jean Shin is close to being installed permanently at the North Transfer Station, located at 1350 North 34th Street in Seattle, WA. Shin worked with the design team to develop a permanent artwork that will be integrated at Seattle Public Utilities’ new facility.

RECLAIMED references the topography of the site before 1966 when the North Transfer Station was built, and brings the memory of the former landscape to the new Transfer Station plaza. The artwork transforms nearly 10,000 linear feet of recycled rebar salvaged from the site during demolition. The sculpture will be finished with a bright orange painted surface and will create three lyrical, lacelike sculptures that weave together a topographical memory of the site and cut landmasses.




Enlivening the new plaza, the sculptures’ placement and the pathways that are created between them provide active spaces for public engagement. These inviting paths, delineated by bright orange painted lines on the pavement, connect 34th Street to the entrance of the building.  Another path between the two tallest sculptures leads to the landscape area, framing an intimate view of the garden.

Together, these sculptures made out of new and repurposed rebar from the site, partnered with the installation of colored lines on the pavement, suggest a close relationship of art, industry, and nature coexisting in the same location. As visitors walk through the plaza, the public is invited to consider the significance of place, its impact on materials and their connection to the environment both past and present. RECLAIMED highlights the potential of waste material to be reimagined into an elegant second life within the community, and echoes the sustainable principle of re-use at the Transfer Station.”

The North Transfer Station is located near the dividing line between the neighborhoods of Fremont and Wallingford in a residential area close to businesses, as well as the Burke Gilman Trail. For more information about the project, visit the project website at

About Jean Shin

New York City artist Jean Shin creates elaborate sculptures and site-specific installation using accumulated cast-off materials. Her installations have been widely exhibited in museums and cultural institutions abroad and in the U.S., including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia; and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has been commissioned for permanent works by the U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture Award, New York City Percent for Art and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Art for Transit programs. She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures and Sculpture, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. She is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York.

This artwork is commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities’ 1% for Art funds.

Images courtesy Fabrication Specialties Limited