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Auburn Streetscapes

StreetScapesAuburn StreetScape was a former Arts program that sought to enliven and activate otherwise empty storefront windows in Auburn's Historic Downtown by providing temporary space to artists, creative businesses, organizations and community groups.

The program has transitioned to Art on Main. Below is information about the initial program which was featured in CityVision Magazine (PDF) and Seattle Times Business Section (PDF).


Past Installations:

Fran Holt's "The Secret Lives of Carousel Horses" (October-December 2015)
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"The Secret Lives of Carousel Horses" is a series of large scale (84" x 48") painted panels arranged to create a joyous, carnival-like atmosphere. They depict the fantasy lives of carousel horses in a world of their own. Fifteen free-standing panels are arranged in an overlapping fashion, making some of the horses visible and some slightly obscured. The carousel horses are freed of their poles, imagining themselves in wondrous adventures such as swimming with hippocampi or growing wings and flying through clouds. If viewed after dark, the room again is enlivened with gold panels shimmering in the spotlight.


Suzanne Tidwell's "KNIT2" on display from July-October 2015

tidwellSuzanne Tidwell designed KNIT2 for the Seattle Arts and Parks Program. She made 125 squares for this project in recognition of the 125 years of Grand Central Building adjacent to Occidental Park.

Throughout the space of One Main Professional Plaza gracefully hang geometric shapes of bright yellows, reds and purples. The installation titled, KNIT2 are illuminated from the light fixtures and internal fans have the shapes in a constant state of motion similar to a room-sized mobile. Suzanne explains part of the inspiration for the work noting that "Movement and color brings people together" and strives to get people to look and interact with spaces differently.



Salmon: Pacific Keystone" installation by artist Michael Taskey on display from February-July 2015

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"Salmon: Pacific Keystone" is a site specific installation inspired by the salmon and rivers running through Auburn. In the Pacific Northwest the salmon is a keystone species supporting wildlife. The bodies of salmon represent a transfer of nutrients from the ocean to the forest ecosystem. Land animals act as ecosystem engineers, capturing salmon and carrying them into adjacent wooded areas. There they deposit nutrient-rich scatterings to the riparian woodlands. This nutritional transfer is vitally important to our community and was the inspiration for Michael Taskey's work.