Kristen Ramirez & 4Culture Honored with National Public Art Award

Kristen Ramirez. Photo: Bob Suh.
Kristen Ramirez. Photo: Bob Suh.

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, has honored 31 outstanding public art projects created in 2014 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically celebrates the most compelling public art.

Seattle-based artist, Kristen Ramirez is being recognized for her mural, Ebb & Flow, an immersive experience of color and light in the Burke-Gilman Trail’s bustling Wayne Tunnel.

A cyclist zips through Ebb and Flow, under 96th Avenue NE in Bothell. Photo: Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.
A cyclist zips through Ebb and Flow, under 96th Avenue NE in Bothell. Photo: Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.

The 230-foot long concrete passageway, once dark and dreary, has been brought to life with blasts of bright yellow, orange, pink, and purple as well as symbols that represent the flora and fauna of the region. Responding to the architecture, Ramirez has created a playful kaleidoscope for trail users to travel through.

4Culture commissioned the project in partnership with King County Parks, engaging more than 40 community volunteers in its implementation.

Congratulations, Kristen!

The mural's design has helped to introduce a sense of openness and expanse, enhancing visibility and public safety in this gateway between communities and natural landmarks. Photo: Eli Brownell, King County Parks.
The mural’s design has helped to introduce a sense of openness and expanse, enhancing visibility and public safety in this gateway between communities and natural landmarks. Photo: Eli Brownell, King County Parks.

 

Homepage photo credits: Kristen Ramirez in front of Ebb & Flow, 2014. Photo © Bob Suh