Spokane Signal Box Artwork Project
In the spring of 2015 Spokane Arts , in partnership with the City of Spokane and with generous support from Spokane Teachers Credit Union, selected 12 student designers to create original artwork to cover traffic signal boxes along Second Avenue in downtown Spokane. The designs were printed on adhesive vinyl by Standard Printing and were installed by the Wrap Factor. The intent of the project was to beautify the downtown environment, bringing art to otherwise utilitarian surfaces. The signal boxes at all of the light-controlled intersections on Second Avenue from Division Street to Maple Street are host to thirteen designs. This being the first iteration of the project, we hope to be able to expand the program through the downtown core in 2016.
Convention Center Completion – Public Art
Spokane Arts manages public art and 1% for art projects for the City of Spokane and the Spokane Public Facilities District. In early 2015, we dedicated a suite of new artworks for the Convention Center Completion. Seen here is Memory and Hope, an artwork by Steve Adams.
This fabric sculpture is made from light reflective fabrics, aluminum and programmed LED lights which create an undulating pattern on the surface of the fabrics.
Steve Adams says, “My inspiration for this work springs from the fact that salmon were in my back yard swimming up Latah Creek less than 100 years ago. The memory of those fish gives me hope for their eventual return to the river.”
Steve Adams has lived and worked in Spokane for many years. He is best known for his blown and cast glass art works. He is represented by Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur D’Alene. He has large scale works at the Spokesman Review Print Facility, the Spokane International Airport, Fire Station #1, and the Hillyard Library.
Temporary Mural at the Tribal Gathering Place at Huntington Park
In the act of making a memorial, we create a focus for our remembrance to honor the deceased. In this spirit, artist Ryan Feddersen lead a community-enacted temporary mural, 900* horses, in the Tribal Gathering Plaza at Huntington Park to commemorate the horses and acknowledge the scale of the loss to tribes. From June 20th through 28th, 2015, participants of all ages were invited to honor the horses by claiming a single figure of a horse to illustrate with care using a liquid chalk medium. Together, through concentrated attention on creating an effigy for each of the approximately 900 horses, the memorial symbolically recognizes the individual lives, the scale of the event, and its significance.