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A New Art Installation Docks Along the Duwamish

Briar Bates is a landscape designer and artist who creates installations from organic materials. Tomorrow, she’ll be working on a new piece, Growing to Sea, at Terminal 107 Park (4700 W. Marginal Way SW) along the Duwamish Waterway, and you can come say hello and lend a hand! Bates is weaving together cuttings of willow and dogwood, trees used in wetlands restoration through a process called live staking, into the shape of a container ship. All told, she expects the piece will eventually be about 20 feet long.

Artist Briar Bates's 2014 installation in Burien, Art Aglow. Image courtesy of the artist.

Briar Bates’s 2014 installation for Burien’s Art Aglow. Image courtesy of the artist.

Bates grew up on Orcas Island and has lived in Seattle since the late 1990s. She recently moved to Vashon Island, and on her twice daily ferry commute into and out of the city, she became fascinated with the giant container ships coming to Seattle from all over the world. Unlike those seafaring vessels, Growing to Sea will be rooted in place, and as the weather warms the willow and dogwood will leaf out.

The work on Growing to Sea tomorrow coincides with the annual Duwamish Alive! Earth Day cleanup happening at other sites along the waterway. Elsewhere, you can help remove trash and invasive species and restore native habitat. Events will run between 9:30 am and 2 pm. If you’re wanting to help out with Briar’s project, be sure to bring gloves, shoes you’re comfortable getting muddy, sunblock, and water. And keep your eye out for more installations and happenings from Duwamish Revealed. Organized by Artistic Directors Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler, the project is bringing together over 40 artists and performers along the river this summer to explore the Duwamish’s history and beauty. Bates’s piece kicks things off.

Hope to see you there!

One Response to “A New Art Installation Docks Along the Duwamish”
  1. Play that Thelonious Monk on the moss.

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