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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:

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

From the artist:  Last year, I created an installation for the Poetry Garden, entitled Message In A Bottle where the goal was to give others hope during what has proven to be a very complicated, troubling time in American history. That installation was a huge success, with all the bottles filling several times over.
Ever since the first day of the last installation, people have been asking me what I would do with all the messages that were left anonymously by visitors to the sculpture. I want to greet these visitors to the Center with a big message of "HOPE!" Literally!  This new work, entitled, What Are Words For is also named after a song from my adolescence, something that has been a continuing theme in my work. 
When viewers first arrive at the piece I want them to see the words "I Hope," built out of over 60 squares of fabric and wood, placed grid-like over the five mesh sectors of the garden. As they get closer, viewers will see that each square contains an honestly heartfelt anonymous message from an earlier visitor to the space. Then, if they delve deeper, they will get the whole story. In essence, this installation of hope answers the question that the 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.

Temporary site-specific works installed on campus by artists whose work reflects their surroundings and enlivens the campus with color, whimsy, and surprise. 2017 artworks centered on the theme: "The Heart of the City."  Stay tuned in late spring for 2018 plans.

2017 Artists:
Babaeva-2017SOFIA BABAEVA, Rest to the Nest
The artist will install a series of hand-felted, colorful wool pods, or nests on the Monorail Station platform. These inviting nets will be a metaphor for social congregation within the "Heart" of our human city.

Chung-2017KALINA CHUNG, Wake Up Call
Chung will install weather vanes on iconic Seattle Center architecture. The work features red and gold roosters, which harken to 2017 being the Chinese Year of the Rooster, and symbolizes civil responsibility, protection, and courage.

Ganulin-2017RANDI GANULIN, Lodestar
Ganulin will hang a series of large, twisted nets, infused with mirrored jewels and photographs. The piece is a metaphor for our inter-connectedness as people, as a society of individuals making up the whole of the city's citizens.

Genia-2017ERIN GENIA, Resilience
The artist will install a giant, rainbow-colored Morningstar patterned banner in the eaves of the International Fountain covered walkway. The piece carries the message that diversity is beautiful and pays homage to urban Native people's resilience through vibrant cultural expression.

Jackson-Spieke-2017HENRY JACKSON-SPIEKER, Lattice
A sculpture made of wood, steel, ceramic and bronze will hang from the Founders Court roof. The artwork focuses on the past, present and future of Seattle, showing how the center, or focus of the city has changed.

Moro-2017HUGO MORO, Sitting Pretty
Moro will activate benches near Mural Amphitheatre by weaving recycled vinyl banners into their slats. The colorful and whimsical result offers juxtapositions between the content of the banners and the bench's surroundings.

Soetarman-2017APRIL SOETARMAN, chimeforest
The artist aims to create a hanging, sculptural sound installation, consisting of a series of hanging chimes and hammers, tuned to the non-Western seven tone Javanese Gamelan scale. The work is a sonic love letter to both where the artist comes from, as well as her current hometown here in Seattle.

Tamaribuchi-2017TARA TAMARIBUCHI, Camouflage Net Project
The artist plans to install a camouflage net, made by weaving strips of Japanese kimono fabric, in response to the incarcerated Japanese Americans who made thousands of nets to support the WWII war effort, and in response to federal discriminatory public policy today.

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