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Enjoy four Temporary Art Installations on Seattle Center grounds, now through the end of 2022. These works were developed through Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Art Interruptions program. Artists attended a Public Art Bootcamp training program, which resulted in these four commissioned artworks. Seattle Center Sculpture Walk is funded by Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken, and administered by Office of Arts & Culture.
Artist: Nikita Ares
Title: Skating in the Sky
Location: Seattle Center Skate Plaza
Medium: Acrylic and wall paint
Description: For this project, I wanted to bring together the Seattle Center colors and energy to demonstrate the fleeting movement from the changes we have seen here in this area throughout the years. My artwork involves movement and gestures that call the viewer’s attention through loud colors, and invite them to get in touch with their organic senses to be invigorated with fresh new energy. The intention is to remind the viewer that even in their everyday lives, the world around us is filled with vibrancy and brightness. The mural design is made of colors that are synced together to create a harmonious rhythm inside the world it will have of its own.
Artist: May Kytonen
Title: Path of the Sky Dragon
Location: Monorail Walkway
Medium: recycled fabric
Description: Inspired by the concept of the celestial dragon in Chinese mythology, or Tianlong (天龍), this installation is an abstract interpretation of the dragon’s winding form, watching over and protecting a high- traffic area. The body of the “dragon” is made up of hundreds of strips of recycled fabric. The color red was chosen for its auspiciousness, and the fabric was collected locally- a representation of the life of the city and each individual who was once clothed in this material. As Long (龍) are traditionally considered to be benevolent and wise in Chinese tradition, this Sky Dragon hovers over the pedestrian pathway to watch over visitors to the Seattle Center.
Artist: Matthew Dockery
Title: To Catch the World
Location: Fisher Pavilion Roof (westside)
Description: To Catch the World explores the delicate balance between the determinate and the indeterminate. The inspiration is a “Penrose tiling,”, a process for combining certain sets of shapes in a way that leaves no gaps between them. The pattern can be extended forever, and while there are similarities between different areas, it never actually repeats itself. That such a thing is possible, much less that it can be created by following a simple set of rules using a finite set of shapes, deserves examination. Emergent behavior of this kind is behind so many aspects of life- including life itself!- that the tiling becomes a microcosm of the world.
Artist: Micah Lawton Hawt’wilth’iayatuk McCarty (Makah Hereditary Custodian, Master Artist, former Tribal Chairman)
Title: Sojourners Shelter in Time Canoe
Location: Lenny Wilkens Way & 2nd Ave N
Medium: carved wood
Description: Sojourners Shelter in Time Canoe tells the story of Coastal Peoples travelling traditional water trails with canoes turned upside down to shelter sojourners while far from home.
This Sojourners Shelter in Time Canoe project represents generations of Makah Coastal family history imbedded in Salish Sea areas. Micah was raised with elder memories of the Todd ship yards, and the Kalakala, among other stories of Elliott Bay and Seattle. This heritage history has influenced many of his continued artistic presence endeavors in Seattle and creative career. He, among hundreds of fellow Native artists and patrons of the arts, carry the Spirit of Acknowledging, Honoring, Respecting, Demonstrating, and showing of Indigenous heritage arts. Locational activities include King Street Station Art Gallery, South Seattle College, Seattle Center’s Bumbershoot, Folklife, Indigenous Peoples FESTAL festivals, SeaFair Torchlight Parade, Chihuly Center and environmental spaces. Childhood memories of Makah Puppet shows at Seattle Center resonate in his mind. It possesses roots in inception of the John T. Williams Healing Pole Tribute. Micah has been part of these in differing capacities.