Celebrate the dedication of Jennifer Dixon’s new public artwork Playland at Linden Avenue North (between North 130th Street and North 135th Street) in the Bitter Lake neighborhood. The Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) community celebration event will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 13 in front of Bitter Lake Community Center at 13035 Linden Ave. N. Dixon will be present to talk about her artwork.
Playland consists of repurposed SDOT road signs used to create a large colorful collage that will mimic the contour of a roller coaster. Playland reflects Bitter Lake/Broadview’s varied history and takes its name from a 12-acre amusement park that operated adjacent to the site from 1930-1961. The artwork features a series of themes and motifs reflecting the area and its history from the amusement park and the historic sawmill, to the native animals and the neighborhood’s residential/commercial development. By referencing a beloved historical site, the artwork provides a sense of play and wonder for the everyday user. Playland’s use of material, color and themes also creates a sense of continuity to the artwork, FlipBooks, which Dixon created along the Interurban trail between North 110th Street and North 128th Street.
Read about one of our staff’s recent visit to Dixon’s studio here.
IMAGE: Jennifer Dixon, Playland (detail), 2013, painted aluminum and steel.