Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez is wrapping up her summer residency at the Fremont Bridge with a temporary art project celebrating the daily rhythms and sounds of the bridge. Bridge Talks Back, a sound artwork, opens Saturday, Sept. 26 with a celebratory performance at the bridge from 1 to 4 p.m.
Ramirez is recruiting volunteers to be part of the fanfare at the opening event. If you want to lend a helping hand, literally (sign waving is involved), contact Kristen Ramirez, or visit her blog to learn more.
Pedestrians, bicyclists, boaters and motorists will hear Ramirez’s three-minute audio composition while stopped during daytime bridge openings. The sound collage includes clips of boat horns, bird songs, bridge bells and more. A version of the soundscape – including residents’ recorded musings about the bridge – will also be available via cell phone to people waiting for the bridge to close. And it’s a busy bridge indeed, opening an average of 35 times a day!
The temporary project, which was funded with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds, will run through April 2010. Read more about Ramirez and her bridge residency in this month’s issue of Seattle Magazine, which christened Ramirez a Spotlight Award winner. The annual award is bestowed on a handful of up-and-coming artists to watch.
Nancy Guppy, host of Seattle Channel’s Art Zone In Studio, will emcee the outdoor ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 4 at Seattle Center’s Northwest Court. The weather forecast is calling for a slight chance of showers, so you might want to bring your bumbershoot.
Bumbershoot’s visual arts exhibits will open one day early with a free public preview from noon to 7 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.
Turn up the heat on your lunch break tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 27. Join timba band Pedrito Vargas y Su Grupo Ashé on the City Hall plaza for a free outdoor concert, noon to 1:30 p.m. This scorching hot 11-piece band combines Cuban music, salsa, funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop. We’ll provide a dance floor, so bring your dancing shoes! Check out upcoming Seattle Presents concerts here.
How do we ensure that urban revitalization benefits both the arts and artists? Join Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Cascade Land Conservancy for a free panel discussion that will explore the intersection of art, culture and the environment, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 at Olympic Sculpture Park’s PACCAR Pavilion.
The Office is a sponsor of the conversation, titled Art and Sustainable Cities: A Dialogue, which is part of SAM’s Pivotal Perspectives: Conversations on Art and Culture.
American political journalist Michael Kinsley will moderate the conversation featuring panelists D.K. Pan and NKO, co-founders of the Free Sheep Foundation; Randy Engstrom, founding director of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and vice-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission; public artist Buster Simpson and Beth Takekawa, executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum.