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Yeggy installs artwork along Mapes Creek

Working under sunny skies, Seattle artist Yegizaw “Yeggy” Michael spent several weeks in July and August installing his latest artwork along the 52nd Ave. S. walkway located in the Rainier Beach community. Motion now activates the newly paved pathway that covers separate dedicated pipes that transport storm water and flows from Mapes Creek as part of the 52nd Ave. S. Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) Reduction Project.

Motion consists of over 450 disks of colored concrete and stainless steel that are inlaid throughout the 52nd Ave. S. walkway. The disks appear to flow between a set of concrete pipes that are inset in the north and south ends of sidewalk, calling attention to SPU’s newly installed combined sewer line along the Mapes Creek Walkway that flows to the King County pump station.

The artist states, “Color and form are essential elements used to create an illusion of water flow, and imply the movement of water. As a whole, the colored dots represent water flowing beneath the pedestrian corridor; individually, they symbolize the wonderful rain we receive from nature.”

Motion will be dedicated by the Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Public Utilities at noon on Saturday, September 6 in conjunction with Art Walk Rainier Beach. Yeggy will lead a tour and discussion about his new artwork following dedication remarks.

Commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds.  Photo courtesy of Yeggy.