local artists, robb, rucker, and towles selected for king county trails project

4Culture and King County’s Department of Natural Resources & Parks are pleased to announce three multi-disciplinary artists – Susan Robb, Paul Rucker and Stokley Towles – have been selected to design a series of original, site-specific creative interventions that relate to existing wayfinding kiosks within the King County Regional Trail System (RTS).pa_kc_trails

The RTS is one of the nation’s most extensive multi-use off-road networks with over 175 miles of trails for bicycling, hiking, walking, and horseback riding. 3,000-4,000 citizens access sections of the span every day. It extends from Bothell to Auburn and Seattle to the Cascades and provides opportunities for recreation, non-motorized mobility, and commuting throughout the County.

About the artists

Susan Robb transforms common objects into ideological hybrids of flesh, nature, and technology. Drawing on empirical observation, reflection, and imagination about her immediate surroundings and contemporary social issues, these hybridizations are open-ended investigations into the kaleidoscopic intersection of culture and nature. Paul Rucker is an interdisciplinary artist who has released two critically acclaimed CDs of his compositions and presents music in a way that allows audiences the opportunity to tangibly interact with his work. Stokley Towles collaborates with institutions – government agencies, community groups, and universities – to create performances and installations that re-imagine and re-interpret socio-historical contexts.

The artists will work collaboratively to develop RTS project components: two-dimensional visual artworks and/or prompts within the kiosks, corresponding sound elements accessible via Listen4Culture and/or the web, and auxiliary performance. As a whole, they will address sustainability with materials and processes, reveal the systemic nature of the network, and inspire participation among trail users. The works will be presented over a period of six months, between April and September 2010.

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