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IHopeXavierLopezPoetryGarden2018 Installtion"What Are Words For?" by Xavier Lopez

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

For 2018, we’ll present two series of artworks:

SEATTLE CENTER POETRY GARDEN ART SERIES (February 2018 - August 2019)
We’ve invited five 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. 
Currently Showing:
Xavier Lopez, What Are Words For?

"What Are Words For?" (2018) is part of the "First Person, Singular" series of installations, a group of autobiographical sculptures that begin with the word "I."  It is the conceptual sequel to last year's "Message In A Bottle" installation, where visitors to the garden were asked to write anonymous messages to the future.  From the very beginning, the work sparked the question-- what should the artist do with all the messages?  "What Are Words For?" is part of the answer, taking nearly 100 of these messages and turning them into Memes like Do It or Courage is the Opposite of Fear.  Conceptually, the artwork is building experience.  When viewers first arrive at the piece they see the words I Hope, built out of over 70 squares of fabric and wood, placed grid-like over the five mesh sectors of the garden.  As they get closer, viewers see that each square contains an honestly heartfelt anonymous message from an earlier visitor to the space.  Then, if they delve deeper they get the whole story.  In essence, this installation of hope answers the question that "Message In A Bottle" set up-- what were all these words for?  What message did we send to ourselves in the future?  That answer being a message containing our greatest hopes and our most cherished dreams.  Even at a time like this-- a time when nothing can be certain.

 
SEATTLE CENTER SCULPTURE WALK (August - December 2018)
Eight 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: Hidden Treasures.

2018 Artists:
CECELIA DE LEON, MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
The artist will install a series of 20 over-sized monarch butterflies, resting in trees, as if they have escaped from Pacific Science Center Butterfly House.
Location: Trees between Mural Amphitheatre and Armory

EZRA DICKINSON, OL’ BURGDISHY
Dickinson will paint Native-American inspired poems and imagery on hardscape surfaces leading to KeyArena.
Location: KeyArena East steps

SARAH FETTERMAN, VERTEBRAE
The artist will hang a series of three vertebrae sculptures, comprised of steel frames and marine fabric, evoking a fragmented memory of a best that lived a long time ago.
Location:  Fisher Pavilion Overhang, corner of Second Ave & Thomas Streets

JULIANA KANG ROBINSON, POJAGI UNITY FLAGS
The artist will install giant, multi-colored strings of flags, inspired by a Korean quilt-making tradition, reusing discarded silk fabrics from clothing.
Location:  Founders Court, Fountain side

FULGENCIO LAZA, UNTITLED
Laza will install a sculpture featuring abstracted figures with outstretched arms atop unicycles.  The work evokes a sense of flight, of unity, and speaks to the notion of something bigger than the self. 
Location:  Elevator Tower at Fisher Pavilion, across from Armory

SHANN THOMAS, UNTITLED
The artist will work with members of the transgender community in workshops to create imagery based on participants original, collaged artwork honoring notable trans elders and ancestors.
Location:  East Windows in Vera Project

SOPHIA WHEELWRIGHT, VISIBLE CURRENTS
Wheelwright will fashion aluminum mesh material into organic, cloud-like forms in a large-scale hanging sculpture that plays with shadow and light.
Location:  Founders Court, Mercer Street side

CAROL WILLIAMS, TAMBOURINE
The artist will fabricate a giant tambourine, in which the public can interact and walk-thru, taking a symbol of African American vitality and rendering it on a huge scale.
Location: South International Fountain Walkway


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