A large cloud form is hovering above the landscape at the newly renovated Bow Lake Transfer Station. The floating sculpture, mercurial in the autumn light, was created by artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot. The artwork is adjacent to the scale house and frames spectacular views of the valley below and mountains beyond. The sculpture can be seen as residential customers and commercial haulers enter and leave the facility, and it is also visible to motorists on I5 South at Orilla Road and 188th Street, between Seatac and Tukwila.
Cao | Perott Studio’s extraordinary objects and environments encourage viewers to see limitless possibilities in humble, re-purposed materials. Confetti Cloud uses a very special kind of recycled glass. As part of a residency at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, Cao discovered a private “landfill” comprised of thousands of tons of fragments accumulated over 40 years at the international center for contemporary art glass. The artists harvested glass from this unique resource for re-use in the sculpture.
The recycled glass provides a dash of sparkle and color and reminds the artists of confetti blowing in the breeze. The cloud capsule also uniquely reveals an aspect of Northwest art history.
The public art at Bow Lake and other transfer stations is intended to be integrated into the site of the facility, and to further an educational message about waste management, recycling of resources and diversion of materials from the waste stream.