Courtesy: Spike Mafford
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bamboo, luminous

Seattle, Washington

Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew, Muse Etalier

Fire Station #10 and Fire Alarm Center/Emergency Operations Center: Planting strip on 5th Avenue South between South Yesler Way and South Washington Street, 400 S. Washington St., Seattle, Washington, 98104
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2008
Placement:  fire stations
Artwork Type:  outdoor sculpture, public sculpture, light art
Material:  resin (organic material), steel (alloy), LEDs, lighting device components
Description:  bamboo, luminous is a stand of seven resin "bamboo shoots" that marks the entry to the Seattle Police Department Emergency Operations Center. Lit internally by energy-efficient LEDs, the slender yellow-green reeds transmit and pulse light in the evening and pull the viewer along the street. According to the artists Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, "Bamboo is an element common to the landscapes andand traditional arts of Asia and the Pacific—the homelands of many of the immigrants to the International District. Graceful and powerful, bamboo symbolizes the qualities of enlightenment - resilience and adaptiveness. bamboo, luminous is a metaphor for the strength and endurance of the immigrants to the International District and the service personnel of Fire Station 10, the Emergency Operations Center and the Fire Alarm Center... The various Asian communities and the service personnel of the International District are linked and honored by the metaphor of the enduring bamboo clustered together. bamboo, luminous—a gesture evoking a remembered landscape, and a symbol of strength and survival—is transformed into a glowing new urban landscape." The artwork is one of three at the facility.

Funding Source: Fleets and Facilities Department Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art.
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