4 Artists for Healthcare Windows

Celeste Cooning, BeginAgain, 2014, Zoe Juniper / On The Boards Seattle, Photo by Bob Suh
Celeste Cooning, BeginAgain, 2014, Zoe Juniper / On The Boards Seattle, Photo by Bob Suh

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Artists selected to activate windows in Healthcare settings

Four King County artists have been selected to transform ordinary glass and metal storefront systems at Harborview Medical Center and the new Kent Public Health Center at East Hill into site-specific public art.

Elizabeth Gahan will work closely with King County Public Health staff members to reimagine the façade of the former grocery store in the Kent Hill Plaza Shopping Center into an environment that welcomes clinic clients and makes them feel at ease and respected. At Harborview Medical Center, Kate Sweeney, Celeste Cooning and collaborative team (and sisters) Tory and Eroyn Franklin, will be designing artwork for the sky bridge connections to help patients and families navigate the internal corridors of the hospital.

This opportunity was envisioned as an ideal project for artists new to public art practice. 4Culture will be hiring the window graphics fabricator and installation team. The selected artists will be creating digital designs while learning more about the proposal review process, how to present ideas effectively, and how to transition studio-based artwork and concepts into design for public space. Collectively, the four selected artists have been participating in a range of temporary installation venues and programs in the region including Storefronts Seattle, Art Interruptions, Mad Art, 4Culture’s Site Specific and SPARKS, and The VERA Project.

Some of the artists will be sharing their experiences as guest bloggers, as their ideas and interactions with the healthcare staff unfold.