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Artist team chosen for Jackson Plaza, opening June 24

Rebar, a multidisciplinary artist team, was recently selected to create temporary artwork for the new Jackson Plaza in front of King Street Station.

While the team of artists is just diving into design and will install their temporary project at the plaza next year, the grand opening of King Street Station’s Jackson Plaza will take place this week, 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 24 at 303 South Jackson St.

Mayor Mike McGinn, a representative from the Federal Transit Administration and community partners will make remarks, cut the ribbon and open the renovated plaza to the public. The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band will perform.

The temporary art project will highlight the plaza and newly restored historic station. Rebar will work with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to develop an artwork that engages passersby by making them participants in the temporary project.

Rebar’s work encompasses public art, landscape design, urban intervention and temporary performance installation. Based in San Francisco, Rebar has exhibited and lectured worldwide, including at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam, ISEA 2009 Dublin, the American Institute of Architects, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and others.

A panel of art and design professionals, joined by representatives from SDOT and the community, chose Rebar from a pool of 60 applicants from select Western states. The temporary art project is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds.

Image: Rebar, Bushwaffle, PVC plastic, 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands.