Bio Boulevard + Water Molecule
This iconic gateway sculpture follows the path of water from its essence to its reclamation.
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Water Molecule, with its bright red oxygen atom and two white hydrogen atoms, feeds reclaimed water through a purple "straw" and into a 100-foot long purple pipe that delivers it to a natural filtration system in the surrounding landscape. Purple pipe is the industry standard for signifying recycled and reclaimed water, not only at Brightwater but around the world. In Simpson’s piece, the pipe is held aloft by concrete tetrapod forms that the artist sees as civic employees carrying water collectively in an effort that visually references ambitious public works projects—including Brightwater itself.
Simpson is known for working with found and recycled materials. He has been commissioned to created dozens of public artworks in the United States, Canada, and beyond.
Buster Simpson. Bio Boulevard and Water Molecule Interview. King County Public Art Collection. Audio: 4Culture
About the Location
Brightwater Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…
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