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January 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Artists selected to jazz up Seattle projects

From Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer:

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture has selected two artists to create major new public artworks – one on the waterfront and one in the Central District.

Norie Sato will collaborate with a design team on “an original artwork of series of artworks” for the soon-to-be-redeveloped Seattle waterfront. The works will be sited on the so-called “East/West Connection,” on Union Street and/or Seneca Street between First Avenue and Alaskan Way. The idea is to connect the rebuilt, east-west downtown streets to new public waterfront spaces. Sato has been active in the Seattle arts scene since the 1970s and has created many public artworks here, most notably as a lead artist for Sound Transit’s Seattle Central Link Light Rail.

Martha Jackson Jarvis has been tapped for the Seattle Department of Transportation’s 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project, upgrading facilities for pedestrians, bike riders and vehicles in the area around Union, Cherry and Jackson streets. The project includes pavement, sidewalk and lighting improvements along with art focusing on “historically relevant narratives of the neighborhood and stories of the people who have lived or created significant impact in the neighborhood.”

Jackson Jarvis is based in Maryland and has done many public art projects,and her work has been shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York) and Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow).

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