Spring Public Art Collection Conservation and Maintenance Highlights

This spring the Office of Arts & Culture was very excited to begin working with contractor Diamond Kitchen & Bath to recondition Watergate at Meadowbrook Pond. Created by artists Kate Wade, Peggy Gaynor and Lydia Aldredge in 2000, the original wood comprising the structure has deteriorated over time and will receive a critical renovation of the support timbers to ensure integrity for many years to come.


In Columbia City, Marvin Oliver’s Spirit of Washington, a bronze Coast Salish design whale fin, received conservation treatments to restore its beautiful finish. Installed in Columbia Park in 1991, the Spirit of Washington artwork proudly ornaments the landscape between the Columbia Branch Library and the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.


On Kite Hill in Gasworks Park, artists Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare completed the finishing touches on the conservation of their historic Sundial artwork installed in 1978. Seattle Parks and Recreation have been working on a significant renovation of the landscaping around the artwork, including rebuilding the berms that frame the Sundial and modifications to drainage and access paths. Kite Hill re-opened to the public on June 15, 2015.


The Office of Arts & Culture conservation staff had the privilege of meeting with artist Val Laigo’s family to consult on the conservation of his 1981 mural East is West, located at Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. Val’s family is graciously donating ceramic and glass tiles remaining from the original installation, and spoke with staff about the artist’s unique creation process and extraordinary life.


Photos by Tiffany Hendrick

Kite Hill re-opening at Gas Works Park

Monday, June 15, 2015; Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation are celebrating the reopening of Kite Hill at Gas Works Park. On Monday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a short ceremony honoring the architecture of Gas Works Park and the artwork Sundial.

Designed by renowned landscape architect Rich Haag, Gas Works Park is a unique reclamation of industrial land as a public park. Haag will share his experiences designing the park and will be joined by artists Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare, as they share the story of the creation, fabrication and installation of the artwork Sundial.

Kite Hill has been closed since Sept. 2, 2014 as Gas Works Park has undergone a soil cover project on the hill. The project added a layer of soil and new grass on Kite Hill in advance of an offshore sediment cleanup at the edge of Lake Union. By adding clean soil to Kite Hill the risk of recontamination of the sediments from the surface flow of storm water is minimized. Both Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are very supportive of this early action as we move towards the sediment remedy.

Gas Works Park is located at 2101 N. Northlake Way on the edge of Lake Union.

Image caption: Charles Greening and Kim Lazare “Sundial,” 1978; courtesy Office of Arts & Culture.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=293