Site Specific 2014 Announced

© 2011 U.S Military Telegraph Corps Battery Wagon, photo provided by Kevin Saville.
© 2011 U.S Military Telegraph Corps Battery Wagon, photo provided by Kevin Saville.
© 2011 U.S Military Telegraph Corps Battery Wagon, photo provided by Kevin Saville.
© 2011 U.S Military Telegraph Corps Battery Wagon, photo provided by Kevin Saville.

For 2014, Site Specific continues its collaboration between 4Culture’s Arts, Heritage, and Preservation Programs to connect creative individuals and organizations to historic sites in King County. These historic sites will be interpreted and enlivened through a myriad of artistic disciplines.

This years season features 15 projects, at 12 sites around the county. The projects are:


Hans Bauman, Black Forest (29,930,000 tons)
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Issaquah

This award will support the final phase of Hans Baumann’s project started in 2013. The artist plans to call attention to the Park’s coal mining past by spreading biochar, a type of black charcoal with carbon sequestration qualities, around the park. With this project Bauman will conceptually begin the sequestration process of 29,930,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the approximate amount of CO2 released from the coal mined over 100 years at the site.


Rulon Brown; Ripple
Sammamish Slough, Kenmore

Composer and multi-media artist Roulon Brown will create a digital artwork based on sound and video field recordings with additional sampling and music composition, accessible on the STQRY mobile app now in use by 4Culture and many other King County Local Arts Agencies. The work will also be performed as an environmental installation in conjunction with the new Kenmore Slough Boat Races.


A Gaul Culley; Portraits of a River
Sammamish Slough, Kenmore

For a second year Gaul Culley will work with the City of Kenmore and various historical organizations along the Sammamish Slough to organize a series of workshops, events and community art making activities in conjunction with the revived Slough Boats Races at the newly renovated Kenmore Log Boom Park in North Lake Washington. Gaul was instrumental last year in instigating a reunion of the slough boat racing community at Kenmore City Hall for the first time in 35 years.


Steve Edmiston; Military Road Film Project
Military Road, South King County                  

Professional video producer Steve Edmiston will begin the first phase of an ongoing video project to create a series of short dramatic vignettes relating to the development and history of the Military Road, constructed in 1863 during the Civil War era and running from Fort Stillacum to Fort Bellingham. Several South King County historical societies will collaborate on the research, the creation of the stories and identification of historical sites and artifacts.


Staci Bernstein, Hero Labs; Enumclaw Decades: 100 Years

Local video producer Stacie Bernstien and her production company, Hero Labs, will work with the City of Enumclaw to complete a dramatic video documentary celebrating Enumclaw’s Centennial. In addition to the history of Enumclaw’s downtown mainstreet, the documentary will include the Native American and Mexican populations that are an important part of Enumclaw’s history.


City of Redmond; Redmond’s Moonshine Tours
Redmond Old Town                                                

Local organizers will create a monthly series of multi-media tours through Redmond’s historic Old Town working with local theater artists, writers, local historian Tom Hitzroth, and poet laureate Michael Dylan Welch. The organizers will collaborate with the local business community to host the tours and participate in the re-creation of Redmond’s colorful history.


Donald Fels; Marie Louie Memorial
Sammamish Landing, Sammamish

Public artist Donald Fels will work with the Sammamish Arts Commission, local historian Greg Watson, ethno-botanist Heidi Bohan and the Burke Museum to research and recreate the route travelled by well known Snoqualmie tribal member, Marie Louie, herbalist, healer and mid-wife, around the turn of the 19th century. A guided tour through the North Bend/Snoqualmie area to the shore of Lake Sammamish, where Louie travelled by canoe to Seattle, will include a re-creation of artifacts, identifying native herbs and finally the installation of a permanent artwork located at Sammamish Landing commemorating her life and legacy.


Robin Holcomb; Washington Hall Performance
Washington Hall, Seattle                                       

Well known Northwest composer Robin Holcomb will collaborate with the choral and instrumental programs at Washington Middle School to research the diverse musical history of Washington Hall and create a new series of compositions for the Jazz, Concert, and Fiddlers’ Bands and the Choir students to perform live at the hall. The collaborative project will develop over six months and include finished compositions for publication, written history and video documentation of the process.


Jane Kaplan; The Box House
Jewelbox Theatre, Seattle 

Local theater director, producer and operator of the Rendezvous Tavern and Jewelbox Theater, Jane Kaplan, will collaborate with local writers, historians and theater artists to research and create a multi-media theater production at the historic Jewelbox Theater, incorporating vaudeville, music and film to tell the story of Seattle’s early social, political and cultural history.


Kavage/Kistler; Windows to the Past
Duwamish Industrial Area, South Seattle                                                    

Public artists Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler will research the photographic history of the Duwamish industrial area and create and install standing framed, steel and glass photographic images at the 8th Avenue Bridge Landing site where viewers and passersby can see the translucent historic photos superimposed over the current view.


Kubota Gardens; Garden Terrace Overlook
Kubota Gardens, South Seattle        

These extensive gardens are now a South Seattle Landmark and have been restored and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Kubota Gardens Foundation plans to raise capital funds and build a viewer overlook, a stone rampart constructed using traditional Japanese stone building methods (Japanese style dry-laid castle wall). The project will include a well publicized two-week long workshop led by a 15th generation Japanese stone mason from Japan.


Joan Laage – Kogut Butoh; The Suitcases Project
Issaquah Depot, Issaquah

Renowned Northwest Butoh artist Joan Laage will reprise the successful project she developed for the Snoqualmie Depot last year and re-tailor the piece for the Issaquah Depot, including text, movement and local references to the history of the Issaquah community. In lieu of the Snoqualmie train Joan intends to work with the Issaquah Trolley, as well as artists from the Issaquah Village Theatre. Audiences will experience the juxtaposition of train travel and uprootedness of a culture in global transition.


History Link; Jazz Intoxication Project
Washington Hall, Seattle

History Link will collaborate with the three anchor organizations at Washington Hall, 206 Zulu, Hidmo, and Voices Rising to create and produce a multi-media theatrical performance and exhibit  commemorating the history of the Jackson Street Jazz era in Seattle.


Jordan Monez; Plant 2014
Duwamish River, South Seattle    

Landscape architect and multi-media artist Jordan Monez will create a series of artificial trees on the Duwamish Plant #2, site of Boeing’s war time industrial factory during the second world war when the company created fake landscapes on top of their factories to deceive enemy airplane surveillance.


SoCo Culture; Telegraph Sesquicentennial
Military Road, South King County       

The South King County Cultural Coalition (SoCo) will collaborate with the Seattle-Tacoma Chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club to celebrate the development of the telegraph on Military Road in 1864, running from Steillacom to Bellingham through Seattle, in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the building of Military Road during the American Civil War. In partnership with several cities including Tukwila and SeaTac, and with local historical societies and historians, the project will bring vintage telegraph equipment and operators into public spaces to re-create the experience of telegraph communications during the era when news of the war was relayed through the telegraph system. The project will include computer readout of civil war dispatches in real time, as it was then.