Chris McMullen, a Seattle-based artist out of the Georgetown neighborhood, has been selected to create artwork for Seattle Department of Transportation’s Georgetown Festival Street project. This street, 12th Ave. S. from Vale to Bailey Streets, is home to a cluster of businesses that form the unofficial hub of Georgetown, including Georgetown Records, Fantagraphics, All-City Coffee and Via Tribunali. Several community events including Georgetown Carnival and Honkfest happen here throughout the year. In collaboration with the design team, McMullen will transform the streetscape to improve the pedestrian environment, and create a conceptual identity for the street that considers both the everyday and festival experience.
Fascinated with the industrial process, Chris McMullen works with steel, to create a body of work consisting of machine-like sculptures. Combining this interest with his background in graphic communication leads him to create kinetic, interactive artworks. McMullen’s previous work has been featured at the Georgetown Carnival, Bumbershoot, Fetherston Gallery and Winston Wächter Fine Art and also in Bellevue and Redmond. Outside of Seattle, Chris’ work has been featured nationally in California, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. More work and information can be found at his website.
The Georgetown Community Council applied for and was awarded funding through the Bridging the Gap Neighborhood Street Fund. The public art project is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.
PAS (Potentially Annoying Sound)
Steel, wood, gears, belt, bearings, sprockets, chains, 1930s organ pipes
20′ x 30′ (approximately)
PAS is a collaboration with Steve Withycombe swithycofurniture.com
Image courtesy of artist