In 2008, I was commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to create public artwork for Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. The goal was to “give the business district a unique and colorful identity while also reflecting the diversity, culture, and history of the neighborhood.”
I designed, fabricated, and installed deeply-carved glazed tile for two 8.5″ tall pillars, one standing at each end of the five block business district on 14th Avenue South between South Cloverdale and South Director Streets. The people of the neighborhood, both historically and presently, come from many parts of the world. I brought attention to this diversity by choosing twelve designs found in the art, pottery, or textiles of cultures represented by the neighborhood’s people.
In addition to the two pillars, I also created 6” carved tiles that were laid in single-width strips running horizontally across the sidewalk in various places over the five block project area. These seventeen designs were also drawn from various world cultures to reinforce the idea of unity in diversity.
This project was completed in 2009.