Courtesy: Stuart Nakamura
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Call and Response

Seattle, Washington

Stuart Nakamura

Fire Station #10 and Fire Alarm Center/Emergency Operations Center: South Washington Street and 4th Avenue South, 400 S. Washington St., Seattle, Washington, 98104
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2008
Placement:  fire stations
Artwork Type:  metalwork, rock-cut sculpture, public sculpture, outdoor sculpture
Material:  stainless steel, granite (rock), flagstone
Description:  A large boulder etched with abstract lines evoking water ripples forms the focal point of Call and Response, a sculptural installation on the plaza of Fire Station 10. Natural stone inlays set into the plaza are reminiscent of designs from Asian art and a nod to the station's location at the edge of the Chinatown-International District, home to Seattle's original Asian immigrants. The shapes of the inlays reflect the arc of a steel, laser-cut "water spray" sculpture, which depicts a firefighter wielding a hose.

The artist Stuart Nakamura writes: "Call and Response pays tribute to the service and valor of the firefighters of Fire Station 10 with these three elements: a stainless steel arc of water containing the imagery of smoke and a firefighter; a rough-hewn, moss-covered granite boulder; and inlaid arcs of natural stone. Known in the Seattle Fire Department as 'The Rock,' Fire Station 10 continues the historic tradition of protecting the downtown and International District communities with its response to emergency calls." 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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