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Seattle, Washington

Perri Lynch

Seattle Center Skate Park: Southwest corner of the Seattle Center, between Fisher Pavilion and Key Arena, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington, 98109
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2009
Placement:  skateboarding parks
Artwork Type:  installations (visual works)
Material:  glass (material), photographic materials
Description:  Seattle artist Perri Lynch collaborated with the design team and the skateboarding community to develop artwork for the new Seattle Center skatepark. Lynch’s primary contribution is a series of laminated glass artworks, entitled Focus, composed of glass panels that comprise the fence, an integrated skate ramp, and a vent shaft. Lynch collected imagery for the artwork from digital scans of thethe marks and patterns found on the underside of used skateboards. The chips, scrapes and gouges stand as a record of the determination it takes to master skate tricks. The artwork honors local skating culture and creates a vibrant stage for the flowing, high-speed action of skateboarding.

Lynch also worked with the design team to select concrete colors and created a memorial to James Crabtree, the late Seattle Center staff member who loved skateboarding and had a deep commitment to the first Seattle Center skatepark.

Funding Source: Seattle Center 1% for Art and construction funds.

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