Burien Town Square Park realized the City's dream to transform a derelict parking lot into a central gathering place. Co-located with a new City Hall and Library, the park was to become the focal point for city celebrations, special events, and daily strolls. Under an acre, the park incorporates three water features, a main plaza, and a viewpoint, all oriented toward celebrating the connection to Mt Rainier and Puget Sound.
The artist worked with the landscape architect to realize a truly integrated design. Titled "An Evocation", the artwork highlights the parks relationship to the natural environment. Utilizing a key word, definitions, and statistical information, the work taken together forms a portrait of Burien. The artwork utilizes etched granite, igneous rock from the Cascade Mountains and water. Tied together through crushed rock walkways and a runnel of water connecting each site, the artwork draws the viewer through the park, first to the "viewpoint", then to the "source" bubbling water feature and finally to an interactive water feature. The artwork and landscape architecture are indivisible.
The artist worked with GGLO, landscape architect to develop the conceptual approach. She also developed an art master plan for the park and adjacent streetscape and oversaw a process through which two additional artists were selected to complete work for the park.
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