We’re excited to announce the next step in our ongoing work with Swedish as they complete the First Hill Mile, a one-mile pedestrian loop to promote walking and wellness in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Artist Claude Zervas has been selected to create art for a new 210-foot skybridge that will cross Minor Avenue between Columbia and Cherry Streets.
The skybridge and the First Hill Mile are components of Swedish’s Public Art Program, which seeks to support wellness and spotlight Northwest artists by sharing the hospital’s art collection with the public. In this spirit, although the bridge will primarily be used by hospital visitors and staff, it will also be visible from Minor Avenue, bringing the healing power of art to the neighborhood.
Claude Zervas, whose body of work is a balance of process inspired by both science and art, is the perfect choice for this unique space. Zervas lives and works in Seattle, and has shown widely in the U.S. and Canada. Working with everything from paint to video to electronic sculpture, Zervas is known for his sophisticated approach to color and light, often influenced by nature. Zervas plans to use this approach to transform the visitor experience of the skybridge space, creating a work that is in tune with the flow of the building, but that also transcends it by reflecting on the natural world and connects to the environment.
Stay tuned to see how this and other projects transform Swedish and First Hill!