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Joyce Hsu chosen for Safe Routes to Schools program

Joyce Hsu will create a permanent artwork for the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to Schools program.  The goal is to add visibility to a school route through the use of materials, form and color. The artwork may also incorporate whimsical features for children to experience on their way to school.

Hsu will work with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and SDOT to identify the best locations for artwork at Northeast 130th from 25th to 28th streets and Southwest 30th and Roxbury streets. The work will be installed in late summer 2013.

Born in Hong Kong, Hsu is an Oakland, Calif.-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and public art. Her art playfully reinvents icons familiar in contemporary culture and art history to link a contemporary site with its overarching cultural narratives. The social, architectural and functional realities of each site guide her work in developing striking imagery, as well as the placement, scale and material construction of the artwork.

A panel of art and design professionals, joined by representatives from SDOT and the community, chose Hsu. The projects are commissioned with SDOT Bridging the Gap funds.