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Undercurrents - Seattle, WA
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N 47° 37.103 W 122° 21.631
10T E 548053 N 5274084
Quick Description: This kinetic sculpture is made up of many parts and creates sounds made from moving water.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 3/27/2017 9:49:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMVB9Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
This kinetic sculpture is comprised of many parts: Tall, steel tubes on a mound; a steel mural, a steel water gutter, six smaller tubes that make sounds based on water drainage from rainstorms; and slim, windy steel tubes that make up a fence and gate to the water treatment plant building nearby.

The artist's own website explains this multi-structured sculpture best and reads:

Undercurrents is an artwork at the outfall site of King County's Denny Way/Lake Union CSO Project, which reduces untreated combined sewer overflows into Elliott Bay and Lake Union through a series of pipes running under the city. The work consists of an artist-designed plaza, landscape, and integrated sculpture and graphic imagery that together reveal invisible site functions.

A large mechanical vault at the entry to the site is wrapped on three sides with a planted berm, conceptually conveying stormwater utility as green infrastructure. The fourth side is clad with stainless steel wall panels etched with a metaphoric pictogram depicting stormwater collection, transport, and treatment. A hidden door in the wall allows access into the vault. Five reflective vent pipes extend out of the vault, mirroring the environment.

A swale running down the center of the plaza, directly over two large outfall pipes is etched with words and lines describing natural flows of water. The swale channels stormwater, mimicking actions of the underground pipes during storm events. Wave-activated sound pipes are built into the riprap around the plaza. Letters spelling “h’loo-loo-loo-loo-loo," a sound from a Native American myth about water, are embedded in the concrete paving in front of the soundpipes. Gates and fences for the pump building beside the plaza are fabricated from pipe bent and welded to resemble shoreline reeds and eddies.

Undercurrents was commissioned by 4Culture. The metalwork was built by Fabrication Specialties with etching by Western Metal Arts.

Title of Piece: Undercurrents

Artist: Haddad Drugan

Material/Media: steel (alloy), stone (rock), concrete, plant material

Date of Creation or Placement: 2003

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Centennial Park

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Web link(s) to YouTube or other video: Not listed

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