Los Angeles, CA artist Oliver Hess will create a permanent site-specific artwork for the rebuild of Fire Station 22 in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA.
Oliver Hess was born in Mountain View, California in 1972 and is an artist and designer. He is interested in the hidden infrastructures that support our world as well as the implicit hierarchies, natural and manufactured that create the reality that sustains us. His projects attempt to identify and recast these forces through technology and alternative sensual modalities. Hess has collaborated, consulted with, and assisted many people who have inspired his own development. He continues to seek projects to further his exploration into new methods of design and building for his own public art and experimental media practice.
Hess was selected through an open call reviewed by a panel of arts professionals, community advisers, Seattle Fire Department and Department of Finance and Administrative Services staff. The artwork is funded by Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.
Image: Oliver Hess in collaboration with Jenna Didier; Live Forever; 2011; Sheet brass, LED’s electronics and environmental sensors; 35’ x 18’ x 12’. Located at Los Angeles Fire Station 94, Crenshaw District and Baldwin Hills, CA. Commissioned by City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Photo by Scott Mayoral.