Out in Public
Last weekend’s Seattle Design Festival prompted people to consider how design affects our environment. What goes up? What comes down? Who is affected by these changes and how?
Every time I come back from some place with interesting architecture and vibrant street art, I am prompted to take a look around Seattle’s urban landscape. I am thankful for people’s efforts to save historic buildings, like Washington Hall, and promote social justice-oriented development that supports livable, diverse communities as opposed to gentrification, like Puget Sound Sage. (The fabulous Davida Ingram takes an interesting approach to this with “Detour: Cascade to South Lake Union,” a walk and cell phone tour (call 206-686-8566) with the voices of past and current residents who share history and insights into one of this city’s fastest changing/gentrifying neighborhoods.)
A lot of what I shoot while I wander different parts of the country and the globe is the vivid street life. I hunger for the bold colors that warm-weather places don. Now, I’m bringing a little bit of that to Seattle’s streets, with the help of the King County Metro Bus Shelter Program and Photography Center Northwest. “Gehitu” (above) is at Northeast 65th and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard and “Maneki Sunset” is at East John and 12th Avenue East (below). Two more of my photos will be installed at other bus shelters in the city (in the South End, I hope).
“Gehitu,” in its original version is also on view at the Artist Trust exhibition, A Celebration of Washington Artists, at the Washington Convention and Trade Center’s 2nd floor North Gallery through October 18th.
The next time you’re waiting for your bus, or rambling through the city, take a look around. See what’s up. Think about how it got there. And please don’t tag the art that someone is offering as a gift for you.