Five artists will create temporary art installations along Greenwood Avenue North for the project Art Interruptions, kicking off at the PhinneyWood Summer Streets festival tomorrow, Aug. 10, between 6 and 10 p.m. Wander along Greenwood Avenue North from North 67th to North 87th streets and find the following artworks.
Art Interruptions includes artworks on city sidewalks and in parks, offering passersby a brief interruption in the day with a moment of surprise, beauty or humor. Seven additional artists will install artworks along the Central Waterfront beginning next week, so stay tuned. All artworks will be up for six weeks.
Administered in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Art Interruptions is funded with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
A.K. “Mimi” Allin will walk along Greenwood Avenue North, between North 65th and North 85th streets, embracing telephone poles three to five times a week, two hours a day, during morning or evening rush hour, for five weeks. Where there aren’t telephone poles she will hug lampposts or signposts. After what she considers an appropriate amount of time expressing affection for each pole, Allin will compose a handwritten love letter and attach it to the pole.
Barbara De Pirro will install a series of chrysalis sculptures clustered together in four trees at Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and The Fiber Gallery at 8212 Greenwood Ave. N. DePirro used recycled plastic product packaging, bags and banding to create each chrysalis, ranging in size from 12 to 24 inches.
Joanna Lepore created mini-gardens constructed out of recycled plastic bottles, drip irrigation and twine. The gardens contain all edible plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs that will continue to grow onsite in two areas –in Greenwood at 7818 Greenwood Ave. N. and at Alaskan Way and Wall Street near the Central Waterfront.
Chris Papa created a site-specific wood sculpture with salvaged wood from shipping pallets, produce crates, discarded furniture and other waste wood. The sculpture wraps around a mature street tree like a vine. The work is located on the southeast corner of North 85th and Greenwood Avenue North streets at 8141 Greenwood Ave. N.
Carolina Silva created miniature reproductions of five select houses along Greenwood Avenue North that are hung in trees like birdhouses near the original homes. The tree houses are located between North 67th and North 80th streets.
IMAGES: Miniature houses by Carolina Silva, located on Greenwood Avenue North between North 67th and North 80th streets; chrysalis sculptures by Barbara De Pirro, located at the Phinney Center, Greenwood Library and The Fiber Gallery in Greenwood.