Ambition Foiled, Nancy Worden 2011
The fall of 2010 I was feeling especially smug because I had the new outdoor drains. When the first winter storm hit and the basement at the studio flooded I was angry and confused. The culprit that year was tree roots in the sewer line, something insurance companies refuse to cover. The plumbers that responded to my rescue sent out a very calm and experienced individual who explained to me it was going to cost $1000 a foot to fix my sewer line. It took awhile to sink in, but eventually I asked, "Do you take Visa?" The experience inspired the wall collar pictured above. We gold leafed the entire frame and added some glass eyeballs to ward off evil spirits. It hangs on the wall near the door of our house to remind me that in any contest between Woman and Nature, Nature will always be the winner.
Today I went online to view the public art collection owned by the City of Seattle, especially the work commissioned by Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light. They have commissioned 31 permanent site art projects and a third of those are about or in some way deal with water. Below are some of my favorites, find their locations via the link.
Chimera, Ted Jonsson 1975
Raven Shouts Water, Barbara Earl Thomas 2001
Beckoning Cistern, Buster Simpson 2002
Waterworks, Douglas Hollis 2005