Seattle Center Sculpture Walk

We invite you to take the Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, a series of temporary art installations in seven locations at Seattle Center. The Walk features small-scale temporary artworks installed on infrastructure and building facades throughout the grounds. The works range from site specific sculptural installations to performances and community engagement pieces. They will be part of the arts offerings at Bumbershoot over the Labor Day weekend and remain at Seattle Center through January 3, 2016.

There will be a tour and artists reception for the Sculpture Walk, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, starting at the south Seattle Center Armory entrance near Starbucks in front of the armory “O.” The tour ends back at the Armory, where guests 21 and up can participate in Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour featuring a no-host bar and specials from Armory eateries.

Here is more detail on the art installations:

Kathryn Abarbanel has created sculptural skins that will wrap the north columns in Founder’s Court, located in between the Exhibition Hall and Cornish Playhouse, to transform the traditional column shape into sumptuous organic forms. The artwork hangs in the north entrance to Founder’s Court.

Alex Anderson has transformed the pillars in Founder’s Court into a woodland wonderland with red tree branches and floral elements interweaved with the branches. Anderson is an American sculptor and painter. He is an M.F.A. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, a graduate of Swarthmore College and former resident artist at the China Academy of Art during his tenure as a Fulbright scholar.

Adam Brinson created a multi-media installation against the wall of the Fisher Pavilion. Brinson is a designer with a broad creative background ranging from music performance to visual art and creative writing.

Eva Funderburgh brings to life three species of fantastical creatures installed in the awning of the Armory at Seattle Children’s Museum entrance. Funderburgh is a Seattle-based sculptor and installation artist. She has a Bachelor of Science and Art with concentrations in Fine Art and Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kait Rhoads has installed several large spiral forms made of plastic bottles attached to metal framework within the branches of select Seattle Center trees. Rhoads is a glass artist utilizing traditional Italian glass techniques to create sculpture and jewelry. Rhoads work is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Palm Springs Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, the Shanghai Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Timea Tihanyi will present three participatory performances at a mobile printing station placed in the Poetry Garden, just to the west of the Armory. She will elicit words from the audience that will be printed on cards made with custom printing blocks and displayed in the Garden. Tihanyi is an interdisciplinary artist and received an M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Washington and a B.F.A. in ceramics from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Washington. Tihanyi’s sculptural and installation work has been presented at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Linda Hodges, Davidson Contemporary, 4Culture, COCA, and Soil galleries and at various museums and galleries around the country, most notably in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Eugene.

Jennifer Zwick has created unique photo backdrops identical to their site location. Each photo backdrop has cut-outs for heads, arms, feet and legs, creating a photo opportunity for Seattle Center visitors. Zwick is a multimedia artist mostly working with photography, installations, printmaking and sculpture.

I hope you enjoy your walk to these creative and intriguing Temporary Art Installations, a program of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.