Field Notes: Observing Lake Union is a year-long temporary public artwork that honors the ecology and history of Lake Union. Beginning Sept. 25, the cell phone audio tour will be available at four points along the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop: Lake Union Park, Fairview Park, Gas Works Park and at the mouth of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The artists, working under the group name Studio for Urban Projects, will talk about their artwork and hand out audio tour maps, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lake Union Park on the west side of the footbridge near the main park entrance.
Sue and Peter Richards completed their floating sound sculpture, Blanche, at Lake Union Park earlier this year. Underwater sound tubes capture the soft fluid resonances of wave movement on the lake and transmit them into a sound chamber created by an upturned boat. Meet the artists and learn more, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., by the artwork on the water just west of the Historic Ships Wharf.
The Lake Union Park grand opening celebration will take place sunrise to sunset, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 25. The free public celebration will include musical performances, model boat races, Native American canoe displays, food and more. Visit the event website for a full schedule. The event is organized by Seattle Parks Foundation in partnership with Center for Wooden Boats, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the city of Seattle.
Blanche was commissioned with Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Parks Levy 1% for Art funds. Field Notes was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation and Parks and Recreation 1% for Art funds.
Image: Peter Richards and Sue Richards, Blanche, 2010, permanently sited at Lake Union Park. Photo by Patricia Hopper.