1891 The Early Street Car
Miniature Mobility, a series of installations for Art Interruptions 2016
Rainier Valley’s early development was spurred by the construction of the Rainier Avenue Electric Railway in 1890. The line was built by J.K Edmiston, a real estate developer who wanted improve access to lots he planned to sell in the newly plotted town of Columbia City. The early street cars ran through wilderness, soon-to-be developed areas as land went for sale by nearby.
My first public art commission, Art Interruptions, is an annual temporary art program created by the Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation with 8 installations along the Rainer Valley East-West Neighborhood Greenway.
Miniature Mobility honors the history of Seattle transit (especially in Rainer Valley) -from street cars to light rail – with a transportation-themed scavenger hunt. The tiny artworks, measuring approximately 1.5″x.75″ will be installed in unexpected locations along the Greenway. The transportation themed sculptures are inspired from historic and current day street cars including buses, trains, bikes and other forms of transportation.