New public art goes up along the Ship Canal

Several new public art installations are up along the Ship Canal as part of the water quality project.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture, has been commissioning local artists to install public art pieces at Ship Canal Water Quality Project construction sites in Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford.

Below are the current art pieces installed at four different sites:

Downtown Ballard: A Visual Love Letter

Artist Perri Rhoden says she dedicates the mural “to my younger self and to the communities that poured love, light, and energy into me throughout my life.”

As I enter my 31st year around the sun, I am growing a deeper appreciation for the importance of self-love, self-care, and self-preservation. This artwork is a visual love letter of positive and healing energy for those who gaze upon it. Healing starts within. My question to you: What part of yourself needs more love and attention?

“Young love, don’t ever waste your life
I see that you’re searching for peace of mind
Young love, I want you to value your light
I see that you’re searching for peace of mind”

-Lyrics by Cleo Soul

East Ballard: Aquatic Kaleidoscopes

Marsha Rollinger designed the art at the East Ballard site.

 “Life on earth depends on water. Throughout the ages, all living creatures have congregated around it. Humans have designed vessels to contain it, traverse it, and created structures to reroute and utilize it. It has been culturally significant throughout history and has inspired imaginative stories that gave rise to timeless legends, deities, and mythical creatures.

For the FLOW project, I randomly asked members of the community what objects, animals, and myths came to mind relating to water. I then drew icons based on the responses I received and used the icons to create a series of kaleidoscope designs.

As an unexpected fun twist, I’ve incorporated three “spot the difference” elements within each kaleidoscope design, inviting passersby to participate beyond just briefly viewing the designs.”

Wallingford: We Are All Immigrants

Malayka Gormally, the artist behind the pieces at the Wallingford site, creates drawings of immigrants which are in collections at SeaTac Airport, City of Seattle, City of Bellevue, and, corporate and museum collections, according to SPU.

A daughter of an immigrant, Gormally is interested in highlighting immigrants’ individuality and presence in our society. We Are All Immigrants incorporates imagery from Gormally’s drawings of immigrants in our region who are from India, Ethiopia and Cameroon. Also included in this project are her drawings referencing imagery from vintage photographs of European immigrants at Ellis Island (New York) in 1900; Gormally’s maternal ancestors came through Ellis Island in this time period. 

Fremont: Landscape, Collage, Waterway, Tapestry

Allyce Wood has designed the pieces at the Fremont site.

Visual artist Allyce Wood’s large scale drawings depict our changing city and the waterways that connect us. With colors borrowed from this specific environment, she uses digital means to create new views of our surroundings, incorporating symbols like ribbons, currents and streams, and raindrops to speak to shifts and changes, pools and weather fronts. This series tells the story of the constant pull of water in all of its changeable states.