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Seattle, Washington

Peter Richards (, Sue Richards

Lake Union Park, 60 Terry Ave N., Seattle, Washington, 98109
Partner:  Center for Wooden Boats
Date:  2010
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Artwork Type:  outdoor sculpture, sound sculpture
Material:  steel (alloy), aluminum (metal), fiberglass, wood and wood products, wood (plant material)
Description:  “Blanche” is a floating sound sculpture by Peter and Sue Richards. The artwork is created from an upturned Blanchard Junior Knockabout boat, which sits above a floating platform and bench, and acts as a sound chamber for the water sounds generated by the lake's waves. The artwork is located near the South Lake Union Historic Ships Wharf in Lake Union Park, and the Richards worked in partnership with the Center for Wooden Boats (a non-profit dedicated to preserving the artifacts and skills of sailing and boatbuilding on Lake Union) to reconfigure the classic sailboat hull into sculpture.

As well as evoking the experience of being underway in a boat, “Blanche” "serves as a reminder of Lake Union's long boat building traditions," says Peter. The artwork "also celebrates the shape of a well-designed boat hull and the clues it takes from nature. "The Blanchard Boat Company operated on the shore of Lake Union from 1900 to 1963.”

Funding source: 2000 Pro Parks Levy 1% for Art funds

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