Call For Artists

Carkeek Park Outdoor Exhibit: Heaven and Earth


In collaboration with the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Associated Recreational Council, CoCA will present an exhibition of temporary, outdoor sculptural installations in Carkeek Park organized around the theme of “Heaven and Earth,” from June 26 - August 10, 2009.


The sponsors asked artists for their interpretations of art and nature in a world of change.


Our parks are implicitly havens (“heavens”) where we go to relax, recreate, and, in Carkeek's case especially, walk through the woods. Carkeek is widely considered one of Seattle's premier urban forests...Sunset Magazine recently named it #3 among America's top 10 urban parks.


The artwork will be constructed of primarily natural materials and are designed to have minimal impact on the park -- either decomposing organically, leaving “no trace” -- or, when removed at the end of the display period, leaving the park in essentially the same condition it was prior to installation.

Opening Reception:


There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, June 27, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center in Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. Entry and parking are free. This reception coincides with the celebration of the park's 80th birthday, which begins at 1:00 p.m.


Participating Artists:

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to see the artists' proposals

  Barbara De Pirro
Shelton, Washington

Miguel Edwards
Seattle, Washington

Aaron Haba
Camano Island, Washington

Meredith Hall and Vaughn Bell
Seattle, Washington

Todd Lawson
Seattle, Washington

Julie Lindell
Seattle, Washinton
Seattle, Washington

Stephen Rock

Seattle, Washington

Gerry Stecca

Venezuela / Miami Beach / Seattle

Kristen Tollefson
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Sylwia Tur
Poland & Seattle, Washington


Other Activities:

In addition to the work being archived on CoCA's website, the show will be promoted through a brochure and permanent standalone website. A book featuring all of the installations will also be produced.



A pdf of the original Call For Artists can be downloaded here.


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