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