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Water Mover

Seattle, Washington

Jenny Heishman

A.B. Ernst Park: Northwest side of the park's grand staircase, 723 N 35th St., Seattle, Washington, 98103
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2008
Placement:  parks (grounds)
Artwork Type:  outdoor sculpture, public sculpture
Material:  steel (alloy), bronze (metal), concrete
Description:  Jenny Heishman's Water Mover creates a sculptural barrier which spans the curving retaining wall of Ernst Park in the Fremont neighborhood. The work is activated by rain that flows down tiers of red channels before reaching a fabricated blue "bucket" and draining away. The park, which acts as a scenic hill climb between two busy streets, was designed to mimic the meandering twists and turns of af a river. The theme is playfully elaborated through the sculpture's use of water and the gentle curve it follows on its way downhill. Similarly, the artwork's crossed bar supports echo the architectural elements of the Aurora Bridge, which can be seen from the park. Both the river and bridge motifs are employed with a lightheartedness that pays tribute to the unique character of the Fremont neighborhood.

The "Water Mover" artwork project was named in the Americans for the Arts’ 2009 Year in Review, the only national program recognizing projects of excellence in public art.

Funding Source: Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Parks Levy Program 1% for Art and a challenge grant from the Fremont Neighborhood Council.

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