Maynard Street

Submitted by Laura Brodax

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Client: Interim Community Development

Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $25,000

Project Team

Architect

Laura Brodax

Laura Brodax Tile Studio

Architect

Steve Badanes

Jersey Devil design/build

Interior Designer

Chad Robertson

Chadhaus

Overview

Maynard Avenue S. Green Street is the first International District green street. This project incorporates a public art installation that honors the Japanese American experience rooted in the historical "Nihonmachi" or "Japantown" neighborhood. In the effort of supporting sustainable development goals, this project captures and cleans the rainwater from Nihonmachi Terrace Apartment's roof. The captured rainwater water also helps irrigate the street's landscaping.

Goals

The Maynard Avenue Green Street consists of eight planted cistern/benches set along the sidewalk hill collect water from the rooftop of a nearby building. Screen printed historical and contemporary photographs on porcelain tile set in each bench honor the Japanese American experience in Seattle's Japantown neighborhood. Accompanying kiosks contain tiles printed in both English and Japanese that map the neighborhood and explain the project.

Process

Together with project architects Steve Badanes and Rumi Takahashi, I conducted historical research in the archives of a local Asian museum to determine the imagery for the project. During the construction of the benches, the three of us along with Chad Robertson, worked together to design the kiosks and decide upon the information they shared.