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Let There Be Art!

11/15/2013

Let There Be Art!

11/15/2013

The Vulcan Real Estate team isn’t just developing a neighborhood in South Lake Union—we’re building a community. As a civically motivated business, our goal is to find ways to help improve the quality of life in areas where we work. Since we started our development efforts in SLU in 2002, we didn’t just want to design attractive buildings and tidy streets. We wanted to create a vibrant, engaged neighborhood that had a strong sense of history, place and connectedness.

Very early on, as we discussed what elements were critical to a vibrant community, we decided we had to find a way to integrate art throughout South Lake Union that everyone could enjoy. There’s no rule on the books that Seattle developers build public art into private projects, but to us it felt like the only way. Working closely with the Art and Collection group within Vulcan Inc., we identified opportunities for placing public art installations throughout our projects and commissioned local and regional artists to fill in the rest.

The first piece was installed in 2003. Today, 15 works of art are spread throughout the district, including:

  •          Deborah Aschheim, Periscope
  •          Linda Beaumont, Labyrinth
  •          Leo Saul Berk, Threshold
  •          Cris Bruch, Universal Adaptor
  •          Ben Chickadel, Clouds III and IV
  •          Eric Eley, Articulated Start
  •          Claudia Fitch, Placeholders
  •          Ann Gardner, Convergence
  •          James Harrison, Baladeuse
  •          Jenny Heishman, Cabin Corners
  •          Jenny Heishman, Woodpile
  •          Deborah Mersky, Alcyone Centroid, Light Fixtures, Window Grilles
  •          Buster Simpson, Ping Pong Plaza
  •          Akio Takamori, Three Women
  •          Jamie Walker, Beacon, Cloud, Toto
  •          Ned Kahn, Tholian Web
  •          Whiting Tennis, Hampers

We are excited to say new work is coming in, meaning South Lake Union’s sidewalks and plazas will be welcoming more art soon. In 2014, we will see a piece from Spencer Finch and additional installations are in the works for the new Allen Institute for Brain Science headquarters, scheduled to open in 2015.

Click here for a map of the public art throughout South Lake Union: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/walking_tours.asp

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