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Artists selected for South Park public art identifier project

14_Hansen Lock-On TacomaWorking in partnership with King County and the Office of Economic Development, the Office of Arts & Culture has awarded a commission for a neighborhood identifier artwork to Diane Hansen and Jennifer Wedderman. Hansen and Weddermann will work closely with the South Park community to develop a series of identifiers and/or wayfinding artworks that celebrates South Park and its business district along 14th Avenue S.

HansenWeddermann imageDiane Hansen is a sculptor and member of the Pilchuck Glass School since 1990. She recently completed a public art installation, Lock-On Tacoma, for Sound Transit in Tacoma. Diane creates work in which the viewer is also a participant, and often pulls from the community in which the work is placed for participation.

Jennifer Weddermann is a licensed architect with a strong emphasis in functionality and sustainability. Along with being a LEED Accredited Professional, she is also a metal artist, combining tradition al blacksmithing techniques with modern laser cutting to fabricate furnishings, public and private art, architectural elements and signage.

King County has contributed funds towards the enhancement of the South Park commercial core solely for physical improvements in the commercial corridor along 14th Avenue S., and will enhance the appearance of South Park’s main retail business district.

Image: Lock-On Tacoma | 2013 | Commissioned by Sound Transit STart | Cast aluminum face plate, steel, glass, metal flake auto enamels

Photo: Terry Rishel


Comment from Maria o. Meneses
Time April 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Congratulations to both of you! Diane, I’m so happy for you!

Comment from Paula ostlund
Time April 25, 2014 at 12:08 am

So awesome! Thanks for adding color to our world!

Comment from marita holdaway
Time April 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

It will be lovely to see South Park up and running with the bridge opening again and the area enhanced by wonderful art work!

Comment from Lisa Kinoshita
Time April 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Congratulations, Diane and Jennifer!

Comment from Randy on Rose Street
Time July 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

We need a real public process that allows the community to choose a visual image that speaks to us, not an already-decided image that is looking for a place to land.

Comment from Annie Holden
Time July 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Hi Randy,

The community will be involved in the artwork that will be installed in South Park – the image shown is past work by the artists. Email us if you want more info about how the community will be involved and we’ll be happy to answer further questions!

-Annie from the Office of Arts & Culture

Comment from irene
Time July 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I’m going to email arts.culture and see what the next steps are, seeing as vocal part of the community reception to the artists preliminary ideas has had a couple ‘Thumbs up’ and some ‘alarm/outrage’ as well as some ‘constructive feedback’ about specific aspects.

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