Artists bring life and design to downtown Seattle

the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Subway, commissioned three Public Art Boot Camp alumni artists to create temporary artwork in the downtown hallway using out-of-service real-time information kiosks. Artists Angie Hinojos, Baso Fibonacciand Naoko Morisawa transformed disused kiosks into art installations that line downtown Third Avenue. SDOT is working with King County Metro on longer-term plans to replace and update bus stop infrastructure in this area. It is possible to extend this project to a kiosk in Pioneer Square. We are working with the Preservation Council to determine interest.

“This project, reimagining transit infrastructure as art installations, illustrates how public art interprets and contributes to civic life. Artists bring vitality to our environment by expressing our shared identities and stories.

Royal Alley-Barnes, Acting Director of ARTS

This innovative public art project uses existing infrastructure as canvases for artists to create personal and distinctive works of art that offer viewers alternative perspectives on the urban environment. Each artist has created a drawing which is installed in eight different places. The three artists explored their heritage and their stories in their works.

Angie Hinojos’ The Five Creations

Angie Hinojos was inspired by traditional Aztec beliefs for her installation, The five creations2022. It is a story of birth, destruction, hope and the passage of time that illuminates our past and points us towards the future.

The five creations by Angie Hinojos on the west side of 3rd Avenue, north of Pike. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

by Naoko Morisawa Target Forever II

The installation of Naoko Morisawa Target Forever IIdiptych, 2021, originates from his recent series of works, Target foreverinspired by personal goals to live better and Major League Baseball player and MVP star Shohei Otani. The original works are created by hand from oil-stained wood and paper mosaics, including acrylic and washi.

Loose circular patterns radiating outwards.
Target Forever II by Naoko Morisawa on the east side of 3rd Avenue, north of Pine. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

Baso Fibonacci Jump on

Baso Fibonacci based his setup, Jump on, 2022, about his own past, growing up in the inner city of the 90s and 00s, when Seattle was a “no-commute” area. The colors in his works are based on the color schemes of the buses he drove as a child and young adult.

Geometric shapes in a limited palette of gold, orange and black.
Jump on by Baso Fibonacci on the east side of 3rd Avenue, north of Pine. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

Freely accessible, public art humanizes our built environment, defines our space, uplifts our communities, illustrates our history, and creates a sense of ownership and belonging. Over the past two years, we have also seen how public art builds community and combats feelings of anxiety and social isolation.

The three artists selected for the installations are graduates of the ARTS’ Public Art Boot Camp.

Public Art Boot Camp is a professional development and mentorship program for visual artists who are interested in the field of public art but have never worked in this field before. The upcoming 2022-23 Public Art Boot Camp will be a model cohort of 12 artists who will be paired with a staff mentor and participate in monthly talks, workshops and meetings on a variety of topics throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for the 2022-23 Public Art Boot Camp cohort in the coming weeks.

The Reimagining of the Real-Time Information Kiosks is a temporary public art project funded by SDOT’s 1% for Art Funds and administered by the Office of Arts and Culture.

Abdul J. Gaspar