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Seattle Center is pleased to collaborate with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to bring Temporary Art Installations to campus year-round.

Poetry Garden Art Series

Each year we invite artists to create works specifically designed for our Poetry Garden, asking them to create work that is responsive to the natural environment surrounding the space. Each installation is up for about 3 months. Visit the Poetry Garden often to see the latest work!

Currently Showing in Poetry Garden

ASIA TAIL, Beaded Necklace

In contemporary and historical gathering practices, Indigenous peoples from many tribes, including my own, often leave small gifts behind when harvesting. A buried bead or shell serves as a token of thanks to the land for what has been taken and records the gatherer’s presence on the site. This gifting is often accompanied by song or other sounds of acknowledgement. Jewelry is also gifted in the same way between Indigenous individuals.
My piece at the Poetry Garden embodies the Indigenous spirit of gifting and reciprocal relationship building. The string of beadwork acts as a necklace draped across the landscape, singing a song for the space and surrounding plantings.
By translating common practices from my tribe and local tribes into a temporary art installation on a colonized site, I hope to create an accessible entry point to educate the public about the continued relevance of Indigenous ecological knowledge, while paying homage to the history of the land the center sits on.

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk

Temporary site-specific works installed on campus by artists whose work reflects their surroundings and enlivens the campus with color, whimsy, and surprise. This year's works center on the theme Metamorphosis, and will be installed August through December. This year's artists and locations are as follows: Angie Hinojos Yusuf & Carlos Jimenez - Fisher Pavilion Rooftop; Henry Jackson-Spieker - Founder's Court South; Katie Miller - Monorail Bridge; Carolina Silva - Founder's Court North.

2019 Sculpture Walk Artworks

Location: Fisher Pavilion Overhang, corner of Second Ave and Thomas Street

Ixchel was the Meshica god of the moon; as the moon waxed and waned, she transformed through all the stages of life. Dragonflies are also a symbol of metamorphosis—when Ixchel died, dragonflies sang over her for 183 days.

Location: Founders Court, Fountain side

Burl is a Juxtaposition between Seattle's natural and metropolitan environment. Creating a natural forms directly onto the concrete structures invites the viewer to hold and weigh these contrasting and continually encroaching worlds.

Location: Monorail Station Overpass, leading from Armory East exit

Construct explores Seattle's rapidly changing urban landscape and how our perception of place is informed by our surroundings. Utilizing forced-perspective, shifts in scale, and varied linear repetition, Construct references the lines, angles, and forms revealed through the building process.

Location: Founders Court, Mercer Street side

A vertical space covered by mylar streams, overhanging and interacting with light and wind, capturing unpredictable reflections, movement and sounds. The Wind Trap is about that which is unseen, appearing in a festive, transformative mode.

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