Art Interruptions, an annual temporary art program created by the Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, will offer ephemeral moments of surprise and reflection in the Rainer Valley East-West Neighborhood Greenway. This area includes: New Holly, Othello, Brighton, Lakewood and Seward Park. Beginning September, seven temporary installations on view in the greenway from through January 2, 2017, will inspire and enliven the route with an element of the unexpected. Art Interruptions is funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.
The artworks range from street sign paintings to a collage fabricated entirely out of aluminum soda cans. The seven selected artists include Ruben David, Melissa Koch, Vikram Madan, Ulises Mariscal, Kemba N. Opio, little talia, and Junko Yamamoto. Working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and the Office of Arts & Culture, each artist designed a series of small-scale temporary artworks to be installed on city-owned street furniture and infrastructure, including signal boxes, utility poles, sidewalks, and street trees. (Several projects appear on private property adjacent to the right of way with permission of the property owners.) This year, six of the selected artists participated in the 2016 Public Art Boot Camp, a free two-day intensive basic training overview offered by the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program offered to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm.
The installations include a series of stencils featuring images of various community members that bring positivity to the pedestrians of the Greenway; tiny sculptures inspired by historic and present-day forms of transportation in Seattle; and a collage of butterflies representing cultural diversity.
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