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Public art conservation staff restores several artworks

Summer weather is here, and that means our public art conservation team is working hard to maintain and restore several artworks around the city. Go check out these artworks while the sun  is shining!

Over the last month, preventive maintenance projects have included Paul Sorey’s Tree Bench at Pratt Park, Ela Lamblin’s Whirl Piece at Yesler Community Center, by James Washington Jr.’s My Testimony in Stone at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and several artworks at the Woodland Park Zoo including Ken Little’s Mesa, Brad Rude’s Evidence of Domestication, Dwelling Places and Together as One.

Along Pier 59, the Waterfront Fountain by James FitzGerald and Margaret Tomkins received a complete restoration treatment, as well as Tony Angell’s Breaching Orca inside the Seattle Aquarium’s marine mammal habitat area.  The conservation team provided minor repairs to Stephen Glassman’sThornton Creek at Lake City’s Fire Station 39 and major maintenance and anti-graffiti treatments for several artworks by Lydia Aldredge, Peggy Gaynor and Kate Wade at Meadowbrook Pond, including an information kiosk, bridge and pier. The team replaced damaged components of the Westcrest Park artwork Hollow: City by Milenko Matanovic and repaired damaged stones at Philosophical Promenade  by Keith Beckley and Dennis Evans at Sam Smith/I-90 Lid Park.

The team is currently restoring Doug Taylor’s Bird Song Listening Station at Seattle Center, Tony Oursler’s Braincast at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch, John Roloff’s The Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered) at the I-5 Colonnade Park and Dan Corson’s Wave, Rave, Cave at the northeast corner of Western Avenue and Bell Street under Aurora Avenue.

Conservation staff will soon restore the terrazzo floor by Claudia Fitch Conductive Paths at Seattle City Light’s North Service Center, the Sky Legends by Steve Gardner at Seattle Public Library’s High Point Branch and a set of recovered sculptural screens by artist Everett Dupen, which once restored will be located in Seattle Municipal Tower  at the Fifth and Cherry streets entrance.

Images: James Fitzgerald, Margaret Tomkins, 1974, Waterfront Fountain, located at Pier 59;  Peggy Gaynor, 1998, Sound Reflector Wall (Black Disk), located at Meadowbrook Pond.