The Living Barge Project
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 Credit: Melanie Masson
Sunlight, daytimeBeams of sunlight nourish clusters of warm flowers below. Visitors are similarly encouraged to, "lay down, daydream, you need sunlight too."
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.Funded by: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture Site SpecificPhoto Credit: Michael McGinn
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 project partner Sarah Kavage in 2006, the Barge provided visitors with a reference to reimagine a healthy river.Created in collaboration with neighbors, businesses, and environmental organizations including: South Park Arts, ECOSS, The Duwamish Shipyard, and DRCC to name a few. Funded by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund.
OutburstWhat if Seattle disturbed a sleeping goddess lying in wait under the city? This goddess like Pele or Persephone awakes; her hand erupts with Cedars and flowers and releases Eagles and martins symbolizing her love set free connecting deep earth to sky and stars.
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.Funded by 4Culture Site SpecificPhoto Credit: Bruce Tom
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 imbedding them into the permanent works.Commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art Funds, Administered by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
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