Thursday, June 25, 2009

Arts in Sustainable Communities / AFTA

Pathway by Kumi Yamashita (2008)
Photo by Spike Mafford

Last week, almost 1,200 art professionals from across the country gathered in Seattle to celebrate public art. This is the 9th year that The Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has been recognizing works of public art. This year's theme was Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities, which seems perfectly suited for Seattle.

Seattle's public art director, Ruri Yampolsky said, "We are a city known across the globe as a leader in environmental responsibility, and many of our artists draw inspiration from the environment to address the issues of sustainability." Other folks have made similar observations.

Gilded Bowl Column by Horatio Hung-Yan Law (2008)
Photo by Hyunchul Luke Jung

Five local public art projects won awards. Recipients included Carol DePelecyn, Jenny Heishman, Horatio Hung-Yan Law, Sheila Klein and Kumi Yamashita. Other winners included the venerable Buster Simpson (2009 Public Art Network Award) and Randy Engstrom (2009 Emerging Leader Award). Both Lorna Jordan and Dan Corson won Public Art Year in Review Awards.

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