Public Art CollectionThe City of Edmonds Public Art Collection contains work by eminent Northwest artists including Guy Anderson, Tony Angell, Robert Cooke, Everett DuPen, Georgia Gerber, Steve Jensen, William Morris, Buster Simpson, and Michelle VanSlyke. See the Self-Guided Tour of Public Art Brochure for a map featuring 40 outdoor works. Self-Guided Tour of Public Art Brochure for a map featuring 40 outdoor works.
4TH AVENUE INTERIM ART PROJECT
In 2015 the artist Iole Alessandrini was selected through the City of Edmonds Arts Commission public art process to create “Luminous Forest” for the 4th Avenue Interim Art Project. Project installation was completed June 13, 2016. Although some art shouldn’t be touched, this artwork is meant to be driven over.
This unique corridor in downtown Edmonds is the major pedestrian connection between the vibrant activity center of Edmonds Center for the Arts and the downtown retail center surrounding Main Street. Alessandrini’s project consists of solar LED light elements embedded in the roadway between Daley and Main which will visually connect the length of the corridor at night, creating a surprise night time environment not seen elsewhere in the region. See Artist’s Proposal Concept.
The artist’s concept references the juxtaposition of the Imperial Grid (North/South – East/West) for streets and the more organic original streets in Edmonds that followed the shoreline, like 4th Avenue N. The concept includes multiple LED lights which light up at dusk in remembrance of the dense forests that were part of the local environment long ago.
The 4th Avenue Interim Art Project is an implementation of the 2014 adopted Community Cultural Plan strategy 1.4, to advance the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor through short-term or interim projects. This interim step also contributes to the City Strategic Action Plan objective 1.e.4 regarding creation of an arts enhanced walkable corridor connecting the ECA and Main Street. In 2014 – 15, the Edmonds Arts Commission convened a stakeholder advisory group including residents, property owners, and businesses on the 4th Avenue corridor to develop a plan for interim art installations.
The project is funded by Edmonds Arts Commission Percent for Art funds and a matching donation by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation. For more information contact the Arts Office, 425-771-0228.
DRAWN TO THE WATER - CONNECTED BY COMMUNITY BY CJ RENCH
An addition to the collection in late 2014 is "Drawn to the Water - Connected by Community" by CJ Rench. Located in the center of the new roundabout at Five Corners, the mild steel and stainless steel sculpture alludes to the pilings along the waterfront, emphasizing the flow of water and the connection within the community. The five columns are internally illuminated to light up white or blue glass tops representing Edmonds’ bright future and its tie to the water. The natural rust on the four columns will, depending on moisture, season and weather, change colors; while the sunlight will bounce off the textures in the stainless steel center column and create reflections and thoughts of water. The stainless steel “cable” around the columns alludes to the strong connections within the community. The piece draws on the past but also the cultural present, inviting viewers to revisit in their own imaginations what Edmonds is, was and will become. CJ Rench, a professional artist from Hood River OR, designs and fabricates mainly abstract sculptures including large public art projects across the country.
"Stages of History" by Judith Caldwell is a series of twelve unique plaques with information about the history of downtown Edmonds was installed in summer 2014. See Stages of History Brochure and website for more information about the artist and the historic sites.
Installed in late 2013 is the "Eight Paths of Light" illumination project on Highway 99 by Seattle artist Pam Beyette.
Artwork on Flower Poles
In 2010, the Edmonds Arts Commission created a new program to assist with the replacement of aging flower basket poles in the downtown corridor and to create unique sculptural elements to be enjoyed throughout the year. The placement of commissioned artwork on the new poles will eventually create an outdoor exhibit stretching along parts of Main Street and 5th Avenue.
The Flower Pole Program is an opportunity through the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department Gifts Program to honor a loved one or commemorate a special person or organization with a plaque placed on the side of the unique art-enhanced flower pole. For more information contact the Arts Office, 425-771-0228.
Artist Embellished Flower Poles Brochure
Flower Pole Walking Tour Brochure
The City of Edmonds Arts Commission oversees the acquisition, maintenance and display of Public Art for the City. Acquisition of artwork is funded through the One Percent for Art ordinance, donations, and gifts. The One Percent for Art ordinance was established in 1976 and the art fund receives 1% of the cost of municipal capital construction projects funded by the City. Identification of a specific site or project for Public Art is initiated through the Edmonds Arts Commission. The selection process includes a jury of artists, community members and one commissioner formed to review artist applications and select the finalists. For works totaling more than $5000, the prospectus is approved by City Council and the community is invited to a public meeting to gather input. The jury's final selection is presented at a City Council meeting for a public hearing and Council approval.