The rails of the printed page

Originally posted on Washington State Poet Laureate:
This week libraries across the country are celebrating National Library Week. We all have read, or heard, stories of how libraries have literary saved people’s lives. Those lives were perhaps mired in difficulty and libraries offered a way to engage with new ideas, imagine possibilities and experience lives different…

Lezlie Jane’s Duwamish Peninsula Bronze Panels at the Alaska Junction Starbucks

To make this series of ten panels, Lezlie Jane first carved the images in clay, then she cast them in bronze. They decorate the exterior of the Starbucks at the Junction 47 building. The scenes: Fir Lodge/The Log House Museum, above, left. Geographic Legacy/4.8 Miles of Beach Duwamish/The First People/ DKH’ DUW”ABSH/Time immemorial Old Mudhole/Colman…

Gyre by John Grade at Beer Sheva Park

Beer Sheva Park lies on Lake Washington in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. A creek runs through the park. A bridge crosses the creek. The bridge path leads to the lake shore. The area has been planted with native vegetation. John Grade’s sculpture stands over the creek. A steel base anchors the tall sweeping section of…

Girl playing in Puddle by BumbleBee

Los Angeles artist, BumbleBee, designed this mural for the Wallingford neighborhood to bring cheer on gray days. The mural faces Stone Way over a parking lot near the intersection with 45th Street. A bit about Bumble Bee from his website. Article featuring this mural and another by BumbleBee in Wallingford.

The SODO Track Murals by Caratoes, Low Bros, and dozens more

Walk or bus the two miles in SODO to enjoy the murals. I prefer the walk to see in slow motion. The newest murals were finished the summer of 2017 by these artists: Broken Fingaz (London, England & Haifa, Israel) Christopher Derek Bruno (Seattle, WA) Caratoes (Hong Kong via Belgium) DALeast (South Africa via China)…

B.F.DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ MURALS: B.F.DAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

On Freemont Avenue North passers-by may see many tile mosaic murals decorating the retaining walls at the corner of the B.F.Day Elementary School property. The murals are a tradition at the school. Graduating students have added a new one each year since 1995. An article about the murals and the art teacher behind them, Tamara…

Morrie Alexander’s The Raven and the Salmon Lady

  This legend pole, carved from cedar, stands in front of the John Stanford Center at the corner of South Lander Street and 3rd Avenue South. It was a gift from the Lummi master carver, Morrie Alexander (1915—1973). The story of The Raven and the Salmon Lady. Near your home is there art which tells…

Peter Reiquam’s Nine Lives: Fremont Firestation

The icon of the Eveready (TM) battery inspired this 2013 sculpture. It suggests that the firefighters are ever ready. “Each of my projects is a unique response to the landscape, architecture and culture of its site. My goal is to create beautiful, thought-provoking artworks of the highest level of craftsmanship, of materials that require little,…

Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo: Re-Stack

  Re-Stack “is both a memory of a building that once existed and a fragment of a building from the future,” according to the sculpture’s label (by Vulcan Real Estate which commissioned the work). The 2015 piece is made from stainless steel. It stands at the corner of Thomas Street and 9th Avenue North. The…

Walking Fingers by Ellen Forney: Capitol Hill Light Rail Station

Ellen Forney is a Seattle artist. She teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. This mural at the Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station is made from porcelain panels on a steel framework. From the artist’s website: Walking Fingers Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station Seattle, Washington 2015 Crossed Pinkies and Walking…