Sans façon, Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountains: Group, photo courtesy of the artists.

Sans façon, Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountains: Group, photo courtesy of the artists.

What can artists offer in the context of a city-wide water infrastructure project? Plenty.

King County and Seattle are realizing an ambitious plan to protect the health of our waterways. A complex network of facilities, treatment, and conveyance, King County’s control plan in Seattle is designed to dramatically limit combined sewer overflows—or CSOs—caused by excess stormwater in the sewer system on rainy days. CSOs exist only in older Seattle neighborhoods, where one set of pipes carries both sewage and stormwater. The facilities built in those neighborhoods include a provision for 1% for public art.

…the CSO system is everywhere, it affects us all….miles of pipes, treatment and tanks, networking water around the city—movement and drama underground the mind can barely imagine. This is where artists can excel, expressing big ideas, connections seen and unseen, tapping feelings and emotions, exposing the essence of what it is to be human and relate to the world around us.
-From the CSO Art Master Plan

In March of last year we announced that Sans façon had been selected to develop a CSO Art Master Plan. The plan is now complete and the planning artists are ready to share their recommendations for how art experiences can create an emotional connection to the CSO system for citizens at an event that is free and open to the public. In the first hour, Sans façon will present the CSO Art Master Plan curatorial framework, ethos, and opportunities for commissioned artists. In the second hour, a panel discussion will focus on artists working in the context of water utilities and infrastructure. Join us!

Art + Water at Oxbow in Georgetown
June 16, 2016, 7:00—9:00 pm
6118 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108