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Artists selected for City Light service centers


Detail of Kate Sweeney’s proposed artwork for City Light’s North Service Center.

Artists Kate Sweeney and Lanny Bergner will create new artwork for Seattle City Light’s North and South Service Center auditoriums, respectively. The North and South Service Centers are hubs for City Light’s work.

Sweeney is a Seattle artist who explores the underlying energy inherent in the natural world. Scientific inquiry directs her work. For the North Service Center, Sweeney will create a multi-layered wall installation made of digitally printed, hand-painted, shaped aluminum panels and found objects from the recycle bins at the service centers. The panels will extend across the entrance and alcove walls at the rear of the auditorium and express the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.

Anacortes artist Bergner will create Electrifying the Grid, consisting of seven wall-mounted, painted plywood panels. Sixteen pattern-burned, stainless-steel mesh, pillow-like forms will be mounted on the panels. The geometric patterns imply energy transmission. Bergner’s most recent permanent public art project was installed in 2010 at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash.

A panel of arts professionals, joined by representatives from City Light, selected Sweeney and Bergner from a pool of 72 applicants. The projects are commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.