Photo by Timothy Firth
In the winter of 2018, artist Tia Kramer and I were awarded an artist residency at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park. During the residency we conducted participatory research with people visiting the park and conducted interviews with museum employees including security guards, groundskeepers, and the bakery owner of the park cafe. To respond to the different communities, we came up with a series of temporary sculptures and participatory events that helped people enact instructions meant to respond to the park. The final sculptures consisted of a tent from which to view the sky on a rainy day, weather balloons to aid in awareness of the wind, and a re-creation of directions from artist Grace Hwang’s project “take comfort”. The words GIVE, TAKE, and COMFORT are embroidered on three bags that now are a part of the museum’s collection for the play area.
Photos by Jonathan Vanderweit