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The goal of the project is to give a diverse cross-section of the community a chance to work together on a unique project and have conversations that they would otherwise not have a chance to engage in. We believe in art's ability to inspire organic and genuine interpersonal interaction. The project will create a shared experience for participants and remain in the park as a visually interesting art piece visitors can walk through in meditation, similar to walking a labyrinth.

"I like the spiral because it's kind of a universal symbol in the same way a lot of geometric shapes are like the square or pyramid. No one owns those shapes and they've been showing up in art for centuries," Ohno says. "It's simple, but not cliche, and can easily be constructed by a group."

The Spiral will be constructed over the course of several weeks and remain installed through June. We chose the shape of the spiral because it is predominantly used as a negative image in our society (Ex: "spiraling out of control"), but we wanted to create a kind of spiral of hope.

The Project on Family Homelessness at Seattle University's Center for Strategic Communications supports media projects, public forums, arts performances and community partnerships that explore and illuminate stories of the thousands of Washington families who are homeless. The project is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

The Spiral Project

In partnership with the Seattle Parks & Recreation and Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness (supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Urban Art Concept is working with local artists to engage Seattle community members.

In late April, a 12-foot-tall spiral made of repurposed materials will be constructed by UAC interns, volunteers, community members and families who have experienced homelessness in a to-be-announced park. The spiral will be comprised of several thousand branches collected from local parks and private woodlands.

Seattle Parks Installations:

We will be installing projects from to-be-determined artists in Seattle's Occidental Park and Freeway Park over the course of the year as a way to activate under-utilized space.


To see past projects click here.

May 18 - June 17