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2017 Poetry Garden Installation by David Kelly-Hed
David Kelly-Hedrick's "Driftwood Poetry"

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

For 2017, we’ll present two series of artworks:

We’ve invited five artists to create works specifically designed for our Poetry Garden centered on the theme of Seattle Center Festál 20.
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In honor of the Seattle Poetry Garden and Festal Turns 20, David Kelly Hedrick has installed fresh lines of poetry written by contemporary poets from Seattle and around the Pacific Rim. The lines of poetry are inscribed on salvaged planks of wood gathered from Puget Sound beaches and then placed in the garden to shine and weather. 

David Kelly-Hedrick is an English teacher, writer, and artist.  He enjoys an artistic practice where those three passions intersect and is especially interested in promoting some of the amazing voices in contemporary poetry. 
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 cetner on the theme: "The Heart of the City."

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.

Enter our Art at the Center Contest, presented by Alaska Airlines.  Check out the art installations on campus now thru the end of the year.  Snap your pic or video, upload to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and tag it with #iARTAlaska.  Make sure your post is Public. On the first of each month (September thru December), we’ll select one winning post to receive round trip air travel for two on Alaska Airlines.  For complete contest rules, click here:  Alaska Art at the Center Contest Rules

For more information please visit Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Initiative
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