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Creative Redevelopment Re-use

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Creative re-use of programmatic and construction elements has always been a goal at Seattle Center, where reusing, reducing and recycling are daily practices. Three recent examples show that we’re still striving to cut down on waste and retain what has meaning, history and beauty.  

As Seattle Center prepared for the transformation of Climate Pledge Arena, it removed and repurposed numerous items from the construction site including several large mature trees and shrubs that surrounded and landscaped the building. Some were transplanted in other parts of the grounds. Others found new homes at Woodland Park Zoo and Kubota Gardens. The transplants included several rhododendron shrubs, an Alaskan weeping cedar, one mountain hemlock, a Golden Hinoski, a ten-year old gingko, two paperback maples and more. 

Granite boulders from the DuPen Fountain staged for pickup with orange safety cones placed around them, to be used at the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Center Skate Plaza
Granite boulders from the DuPen Fountain

Earlier this month, as we prepared the Fountain of Creation, AKA, DuPen Fountain site for restoration and redesign, we repurposed the old granite boulders that surrounded Everett DuPen’s bronze sculptural pieces. Many of the boulders were moved to the new Seattle Center Skate Plaza for re-use in the landscape there, and others were picked up by Woodland Park Zoo for use in their animal enclosures. 

Functional art formerly in Seattle Center Skatepark was just installed in the new Skate Plaza, located at Thomas St and Taylor Ave. By artist Perri Lynch Howard, VMG: Velocity Made Good consists of several laminated glass panels and skateable glass ramp featuring imagery derived from high resolution scans of worn skateboard decks. Hardscape design influenced by grip tape and laminated wood used in skateboard deck construction. 

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