The Living Barge Project
Duwamish Revealed (Documentary)
VesselsA series of 18 cast-iron sculptures dot the community garden that occupies Seattle Public Utilities property at Beacon Reservoir. Building on the inspiration of the reservoir as a container, they evoke puffball mushrooms holding spores, berries holding seeds, seed pods and ceramic water jugs. Likewise, they hold stories from the community. I interviewed volunteers and neighbors over several summer months capturing food stories and traditions on audio, and embedding them into the permanent works.Funded by Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art Funds, Administered by Office of Arts and Culture
All-TerrainThe All-Terrain is a remote-controlled traveling landscape element, a park on wheels. It can quickly transform a streetscape almost instantly from car-dominated to one with amenities to enhance the pedestrian experience. It is a lushly planted, living, breathing amenity that is extremely versatile for a rugged urban environment. The project was displayed at the American’s for the Arts National Conference at the Washington State Convention Center and later at aLIVe in Seattle.
SunlightSunlight captures the energy of the sun. A photovoltaic panel provides power to the three sunlights at night. Recalling carefree childhood days of fort building, lollygagging and daydreaming, each lantern is crafted from a collage of vintage 1970′s era harvest gold fabric. Exhibited during the Lo-Fi Arts Festival at Smoke Farm in Arlington, the warm glow of the lanterns shone though this grove of maples like a beacon in the night.Photo by Melanie Masson
Illuminated GhostsWe forget that there were once 300-foot old growth trees in the Duwamish Valley and all over this region—that's twice the height of the West Seattle Bridge. Illuminated Ghosts reminds us of what once was and could be again someday. This image is an old growth Douglas Fir projected at scale on the 120-foot concrete silos at Lafarge, so you only see the middle portion of the tree.Photo Credit: Bruce Tom
UpGardenThe nation's first large-scale rooftop community garden, the UpGarden sits atop the Mercer Street Parking Garage roof—first created for the 1962 World's Fair. The design incorporated an Airstream toolshed and Ford Galaxy planter referencing the garage car culture.
The Living Barge ProjectThe Living Barge Project, a floating island on the Duwamish River (a Superfund site), recreated the native riparian environment complete with beach logs, topography and 450 native trees and shrubs. Five major events allowed artists, neighbors and local organizations to use the Barge as an anchor to attract visitors to the neighborhood. Created with Sarah Kavage
OutburstLocated on Seattle's Pike Street HIllclimb, a goddess like Pele or Persephone awakes from sleep under the city. Her hand erupts with Cedars and flowers and releases Eagles and martins symbolizing her love set free connecting deep earth to sky and stars.
Duwamish Revealed (Documentary)Duwamish Revealed was a nearly year-long celebration in 2015 of Seattle's only river, the Duwamish. The project featured over 100 artists and included 3 major cultural events.Co-created by Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage in partnership with ECOSSFilm Credit: Reed O'Beirne, Emerald Reels
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