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Nov. 10, 2008 at 1:30pm

Free Public Art Workshop to Address Sustainable Design

Unforseen scheduling conflicts have rendered me without a vehicle.  I really want to attend the following workshop in Seattle that is tonight, so if there is anyone out there who also wants to attend, let me know!  Ill even throw in a dinner in exchange for a ride.

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Free public art workshop to address sustainable design, Nov. 10 
Artists and landscape architect to share approaches to making “green” art


SEATTLE — Sustainability is the buzzword of the moment, but what does it mean when applied to public art? Gain insights into “green” art at a free workshop, “Green Art: What Does ‘Sustainable Design’ Mean in Public Art?” 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N.

A panel including environmental artist Gregory Glynn, public artists Lorna Jordan and Nicole Kistler, and landscape architect Karen Janosky will share their approaches to making “green” art and buildings. They will exchange ideas about how public art can embrace sustainable design practices. The panelists will also discuss varied artistic approaches, from action-oriented environmentally themed works to artwork that actually serves an ecological purpose, as well as green building practices.

“Green Art, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, is part of a new workshop series designed to offer emerging and experienced artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. The workshop is free. However, advance registration is required. To register, contact Eleanor Beerman at eleanor.beerman@seattle.gov or (206) 233-3930.

Gregory Glynn is a Bainbridge Island sculptor who works with found natural materials and has exhibited his work widely throughout the Northwest. He states that his work is not inspired as much by nature itself as by the momentous and often unperceivable transformations in nature.


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Lorna Jordan blurs the boundaries between sculpture, ecology, architecture and theater. Her environmental artworks connect people to social and ecological processes while pointing towards a sustainable future. She is particularly interested in creating aesthetic environments that reveal and enhance the cycles and mysteries of water.



Nicole Kistler focuses on raising ecological literacy through public art installations and performances, landscape design and planning, and public involvement. Her often humorous constructs are designed to engage the audience’s imagination and allow them to explore their environment in new ways.


Karen Janosky, associate principal at Mithun, focuses on everything in the physical environment – from parks and plazas, to roads and infrastructure, to proposed buildings – and how it can elevate everyday experience. She has helped many private and public clients across the country create inspiring and functional places that solve development and environmental problems.


For more information about Seattle’s public art program, visit www.seattle.gov/arts.


The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.


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comments [5]  |  posted under Green Design, Public Art, Sustainable design, tacoma


by dawntown on 11/10/2008 @ 2:03pm
Did you hear that!

Free Dinner!!!!!!

by Erik on 11/10/2008 @ 2:35pm
Sad. Say it isn't so Dawn!

by Heather on 11/10/2008 @ 3:29pm
Hey Dawn. This sounds interesting. Do you suppose they'd let me attend without registration? I have wheels.

by Heather on 11/10/2008 @ 3:30pm
do you have my phone number? hmmm. Well, send me an e-mail at heather.ups@gmail.com.

by dawntown on 11/10/2008 @ 10:52pm
I just got back from the workshop and it was awesome! This is something Tacoma is ITCHING for. There is so much opportunity here for these concepts, it's killing me to sit here and write this. If anyone is interested in the info, the organizers will send out the workshop notes and presentation slides via email in a couple of weeks.

Thank you Heather for joining me on my Seattle adventure. I hope the workshop was as inspiring for you as it was for me.