Sculpture about homelessness to be erected in Lake Union Park
On April 27, volunteers will begin building a sculpture meant to spark a discussion on homelessness and the meaning of home.
Volunteers and artists will use fallen tree branches from the woods of the East Duwamish greenbelt known as “The Jungle” to create a 300-foot long sculpture called The Spiral Project—a Spiral of Hope in Lake Union Park.
The spiral will be 12 feet tall and feature a live tree at its center.
As with a labyrinth, visitors to the park will be able to walk through the spiral. When they do, project organizers hope people will consider family homelessness, which is experienced by an estimated 12,500 parents and children in the state of Washington on any given night.
The spiral is a partnership of Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness, which is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Urban Art Concept is coordinating the project, which will be created by a combination of artist and volunteers.
The spiral is scheduled to be completed in time for a May 18 opening celebration. It will remain at the park until June.
This is not the first socially conscious art event for Urban Art Concept. Last summer, its president Bryan Ohno directed an installation that brought the work of 14 local artists into five Capitol Hill homes slated for demolition. More than 7,000 people visited during the viewing hours of the installation’s three-week run.
For more information or to volunteer on the spiral, visit urbanartconcept.com or call 206.459.6857.
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