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Emerging Together 2020

Emerging Together offers seven emerging public artists the opportunity to install temporary art installations within City of Seattle Parks. Emerging Together is a branch of the citywide #SeattleTogether effort to offer hope, inspiration, and respite during this trying time. The installations will be on display from September through November 2020.

Community Jewels; Diamonds are Forever
KT Hancock
Pratt Park
October 6 – November 20, 2020

KT and three of her gem-like pieces.

“This project focuses on putting Black Civil Rights Activists at the top of coveted gemstone shapes. In this way, the objects highlight the preciousness of these social figures and their activism within these communities.”

The artist would like to extend a special thank you to Sarah Terry in partnership with Velvet Vector Collective, Tanner Weiss, and Fred Metz of Spiral Arts

Diane Knoll and Liz Tran in collaboration with Artists of Vibrant Palette Art Center (VPAC)
Participating artists from VPAC: Lupita Cano, Brette Flora, Mary Hendricks, Sheri Hirai, Joey Joseph, Pixie, Nathan Runge, Matthew J. Whittaker, Kristy Yawman
Pratt Park
August 17 – October 7, 2020

Lanterns mounted on branches of a tree.

This installation is a collaborative project between artist Liz Tran and the artists of Vibrant Palette Arts Center (VPAC). VPAC empowers artists with disabilities, raises the visibility of their work, and builds a more inclusive arts community in Seattle. Each VPAC artist was provided with five lanterns to use as canvases to showcase their unique creative voices, along with Liz’s lanterns featuring her own artistic style. From fictional planets, to reinterpreting Van Gogh’s Starry Night, each lantern is uniquely beautiful and collectively they remind everyone in the community that inclusion benefits us all.

The artist would like to extend a special thank you to Blick Art Materials, and 4Culture

The Judges
Craig Jacobrown
Judkins Park
August 24 – October 8, 2020

Two crows made of metal look down from above.

The Judges are two sheet metal steel crows that tower above Judkins Park visitors, expressing attitude. Corvid #7- the higher longer view watches and listens, Corvid #16 the lower narrower view caws it’s cause.

“As your host I wanted to make sure The Judges had been introduced before, unbeknownst to us, we are called out to cooperate and show compassion in the ‘Corvid Contest of Human Care’. which human will take the grand prize or…. Do we all win?”

The Forest Where the Fairies Live
Naoko Morisawa
Salmon Bay Park
September 1 -October 14, 2020

A colorful mosaic attached to a tree trunk.

These five mosaic plaques by artist Naoko Morisawa offer park goers a chance to escape as they enter The Forest Where the Fairies Live. Morisawa likens the experience of discovering the four fairy windows installed throughout Salmon Bay Park, to the experience of finding a birds nest within a tree. Reminding us of all the wonder and whimsy that exists within our everyday.

Hope in the Park
Burl Norville
Powell Barnett Park
October 14 – November 28, 2020

Black and white photo of the artist in his studio.

This project is based on the word HOPE, it incorporates spellings of the word in over 65 languages. The goal is to educate, uplift, and unify through art.
Norville envisions his installation as a place of assembly. It would not have been possible without the help of his community and especially the help of Talitha Asteria.

Khadija Tarver
Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park
August 26 – October 4, 2020

A stepping stone in the ground, irregularly shaped. "Meow Mix New York, NY, 1996-2004" engraved on top.

LESBIANISM IS GOOD is an installation of large stones with hand carved text. Each stone has the name of a lesbian bar (or bars where lesbians gather) selected by Black lesbians in Seattle. This work continues the artist’s interest in lesbian spatialization, the history of lesbian bars, and their present/future importance.

Entwined: 5 variations
Abigail Maxey
Salmon Bay Park
August 24- October 8, 2020

A red woven structure hangs from a tree trunk.

Maxey draws upon the traditional art-craft of basketry to create large sculptural pieces in non-traditional shapes. The five sculptures activate the park space through their movement and flawless integration within the trees throughout Salmon Bay Park.