Courtesy: Ben Beres
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Salon (Morgan Junction Park)

Seattle, Washington

SuttonBeresCuller, John Sutton, Ben Beres, Zac Culler

Morgan Junction Park: In the sidewalk in the northwest corner of California Ave. SW and SW Beveridge Pl., 6373 California Ave SW, Seattle, Washington, 98136
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2009
Placement:  sidewalks
Artwork Type:  outdoor sculpture, public sculpture
Material:  concrete
Description:  SuttonBeresCuller’s Salon is a series of etched, stained and antiqued picture frames stamped into the sidewalk plane creating a “salon” style public gallery within the right-of-way. The interior of the picture frames are etched and stained to resemble a chalkboard surface that allows residents, community members and visitors to interact with the artwork. Using chalk, the public have the ability to create works of art, write poetry or utilize it as a neighborhood bulletin board.

According to the artists, “These artworks will constantly be renewed by the residents and add to the vibrancy, uniqueness and character of Morgan Junction and the West Seattle neighborhood. We are essentially giving the artwork to the community and providing a platform for artistic expression and individual creativity. While the frames are a blank canvas to create on, the artworks themselves will change to reflect the people who engage with artwork in the neighborhood.”

Created in conjunction with the Seattle Department Of Transportation Art Plan, the Sidewalk Artwork Project, culminating in artworks such as Salon, was developed to integrate artwork within the right-of-way, and to activate and enhance the pedestrian experience.

Funding Source: Seattle Department Of Transportation Emerging Funds, 1% for Art, and Bridging the Gap transportation levy funds.

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