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poetry garden installation by Jennifer Szabo
Jennifer Szabo's "Untitled"

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

This on-going initiative was established in 2014 with a series of artworks installed during our Winterfest celebration, and expanded in 2015 with the creation of the Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, where seven artworks were installed site-specifically between September and December.

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

SEATTLE CENTER POETRY GARDEN ART SERIES (February 2017 - May 2018)
We’ve invited five artists to create works specifically designed for our Poetry Garden centered on the theme of Seattle Center Festal Turns 20. Currently Showing:
JENNIFER SZABO, "UNTITLED"
Szabo's artwork reflects on the theme of “Festál Turns 20", our year-long series of cultural festivals, celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  The work aims to capture the impact Festál has over time (one calendar year) encapsulated in a single moment and place by creating a colorful visual calendar in the garden. 

Jennifer Szabo creates art that is focused on the intersection between nature, time and culture. Working in the field of Landscape Architecture, her passion for placemaking and belief that our human interaction with the natural world is vital inform her art. She seeks to celebrate these connections as well as ask the viewer to consider their role in these interactions. She creates integrated art that reaches into, sculpts and communes with nature to evoke memory and presence. Szabo completed her degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. 



SEATTLE CENTER SCULPTURE WALK (August - December 2017)
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: The Heart of the City.

2017 Artists:
 
SOFIA BABAEVA, UNTITLED
The artist will install a series of hand-felted. colorful wool pods, or nests throughout Seattle Center campus.  These inviting nets will be a metaphor for social congregation within the "Heart" of our human city.

KALINA CHUNG, WAKE UP CALL
Chung will install weathervanes 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.

RANDI GANULIN, INDRA'S NEST
Ganulin will hang a series oif large, twisted nets, infused with mirrored jewels and photographs.  The piece is a metaphor for our interconnectedness as poeple, as a society of indivu=iduals making up the whole of the city's citizens.

ERIN GENIA, RESILIENCE
The artist will install a giant, rainbow-colored Morningstar 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.

HENRY JACKSON-SPIEKER, UNTITLED
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.

HUGO MORO, SITTING PRETTY
Moro will activate benches across campus by weaving recycled vinyl banners into their slats.  The colorful and wehimsical result offers juxtapositions between the content of the banners and the bench's surroundings.

APRIL SOETARMAN,  UNTITLED
The artist aims to creat a hanging, sculptural sound installation, consisting of a sweries 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.

TARA TAMARIBUCHI, UNTITLED
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.

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