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tolt river residency – the sound of rushing water

This is the second of Elizabeth Conner’s posts about her Tolt River artist residency where, over a six month period, she will be working with staff in King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division. She will be tracking the changes to the river in its flood season as it...

leo berk, bridge unit artist-in-residence, blogs – part 5

Home County Pride As the Artist in Residence with the King County Bridge Unit, this is my first ever office job.  While a lot happens out in the field as well as at my studio, time spent at my desk, in meetings and in cubicle conversation has contributed a large part to my project.  These...

the long walk, in short

Last weekend (July23 – 25), Trails Project artists Susan Robb and Stokley Towles led a group of intrepid walkers on The Long Walk.  For a glimpse into their shared adventure, Beth Sellars, one of the walkers, describes. By Beth Sellars The Long Walk inspired as many personal responses as participants.  Forty of us hiked 40+...

cultural geographies by UW students online

By Eric Kramak At long last, we have finished!  (Though the opportunity for others is just beginning.) Begun in the bygone days of December 2009, the University of Washington Geography Honors Seminar entered into a six month collaborative project with 4Culture and King County Metro. Our mission: establish a repository of cultural geographies that could...

geography lesson

By Rita Lee and Lola Stronach As part of 4Culture’s Public Art Education & Outreach Program, the route maps for the first three lines of RapidRide service – King County Metro’s new bus rapid transit service set to launch in the Fall of 2010 with service unrolling through 2013 – are being studied by a...

celebrate earth day at earthworks

Great article in the Seattle Times about the celebration at the Herbert Bayer Earthworks this evening. When inviting artists to come and work at the Herbert Bayer Earthworks, I think about the interplay between art, landscape and community. The line-up for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day is especially evocative. Mandy Greer, Paul Rucker, Kristin...

leo berk, bridge unit artist-in-residence, blogs – part 4

service to south park You’re late for your meeting, but if you hurry you might just make it on time. But just as you approach a bridge, the red lights start flashing, the guards lower and the deck raises–foiled! With seven bridges that open for water vessels in the Seattle area, most of us have...

UW geography students collaborate with 4Culture

by Katharyne Mitchell The transit system is focused on mobility, on safely and efficiently moving commuters from Point A to Point B.  Composed of buses, stations and commuters, the system is also a network of routes.  While often overlooked as simply a means to a desired destination, these routes are also symbolic of the places...

leo berk, bridge unit artist-in-residence, blogs – part 3

When Bridges and Streams Collide Have you heard the one about the biologist, geologist, engineer, and artist who hiked up a relic stream bed together? I hadn’t either until last November when I headed to the Money Creek Bridge with King County Roads’ Erick Thompson (biologist), Julia Turney (geologist), and Rich Hovde (engineer). These three...

leo berk, bridge unit artist-in-residence, blogs – part 2

Leo Berk, King County’s Bridge Unit Artist-in-Residence, is working collaboratively with Roads Services Division staff to understand the function and design possibilities of short span bridges. Tasked with designing a kit of parts for incorporation into the County’s small scale bridges, Leo’s process has begun with research into the process of bridge building. Along the...

leo berk, bridge unit artist-in-residence, blogs

What we build says a lot about who we are. 4Culture’s Public Art Program has a strong history of managing projects with County partners, projects designed to reveal the expressive potential and the civic gesture embodied in our infrastructure. 4Culture has commissioned artists to serve as members of design teams that work on monumental, signature...

guest blogger: a Low Impact Vehicle exhibition (aLIVe)

By Cheryl dos Remedios I’m super excited about all the great projects lined-up for aLIVe! This one-day exhibition will include work by Vaughn Bell, Clair Colquitt, Nicole Kistler, Alex Martin, Brian McAllister, Peter Reiquam, Vladimir Ryliski, Kristin Tollefson and Sustainable Ballard, with an opening ceremony by T’ilibshudub. Please join us! If you want to participate,...