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Highlights from 40th anniversary show on view at City Hall


Mandy Greer; Mater Matrix Mother and Medium (detail); 2009; wool and synthetic yarn plastic, fabric, glass and plastic beads; 36″ x 68″. Photo by Blake Haygood.

Missed our 40th anniversary exhibition Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40 at Seattle Art Museum last year? See some highlights from the show at City Hall through March 2.

The exhibition Public Art in Seattle offers an overview of the city’s public art program with photos, drawings, proposals and maquettes for more than 60 permanent artworks located throughout the city. Also on view are materials used in artwork conservation. The exhibition is in the City Hall Lobby Gallery and in the Anne Focke Gallery on the L2 level of the building.

See maquettes by Lee Kelly and Ron Bladen, expressing in miniature what was eventually realized as the outdoor sculptures Untitled (1975) by Kelly at Louisa Boren Park and Black Lightning (1991) by Bladen at Seattle Center’s Broad Street Green. Also on view are pieces of temporary artworks that have become part of the Portable Works Collection. Mandy Greer’s Mater Matrix Mother and Medium left behind fragments of a yarn “river” that was crocheted by many hands and strung through an urban forest in summer 2009.

The city’s public art collection includes more than 2,800 artworks in the Portable Works Collection and nearly 380 permanently sited public artworks.