Precious Water, a site-specific art installation by artists Ellen Sollod and Carolyn Law on Seattle’s Pier 62/63 will be on view September 13 – 23. Conceived by the artists to draw attention to the condition of Puget Sound and to provoke conversation about environmental stewardship, the work can be seen from Pike Place Market, Victor Steinbrueck Park, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and offices and condominiums overlooking the pier.
Over the course of 10 days, the artists will transform the 1,000-square-foot image. The goal is to encourage viewers to pause to consider the importance of clean water to the ecology of Puget Sound, and by extension, to our daily lives. This will be documented and presented as it evolves on the artists’ website: http://preciouswater.wordpress.com.
According to People for Puget Sound, “Puget Sound’s health is our health– the key to our region’s quality of life, our economy and the legacy we leave our children and their children. But the Sound is in trouble. Orca whales and salmon are endangered and may face extinction due to pollution, loss of habitat, and the ever-present threat of oil spills. Fishing, shellfishing, recreation and human health are increasingly at risk as toxins flow into our living waters. Together, we can protect and restore the Sound to health for future generations.”
Precious Water represents Sollod and Law’s response to this call to action. As artists, they can draw attention to important issues before us. Both artists are known regionally for their site-specific art created in the public realm.
This project is supported in part by Seattle Print Arts “Outside Art” program, with in-kind support from the Seattle Parks Department, and Magnusson Klemencic Associates.