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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Art Underfoot

Damn! Light deprivation depression be damned, the Pacific Northwest keeps looking better and better. As Atlanta continues to define itself as Singapore-on-the-Chattahoochie (public canings of homeless people are just around the corner), Seattle keeps cranking out beautiful public art projects like Seattle City Light's MANHOLE PROJECT. In short, Seattle City Light commissioned several artists to design their manholes. Artist Nancy Blum (pictured above) added one of her signature floral designs to this, the most industrial detail of our cityscape. Blum's flowers are laid out to represent the city of Seattle, with an underlying design representing the electrical utility grid. Other artists represented in the project include Ann Knight, Nathan Jackson, and Garth Edwards. For those of you in Atlanta, Nancy Blum has an exhibition at the Kiang Gallery. She's showing drawings, as well a a fetching wall installation of gargantuan porcelain flowers.



At 1/12/2006 09:32:00 PM, Blogger magpie & cake said...

They held a contest for a similar manhole cover project in Vancouver, BC a couple of years ago.


It's too bad they don't choose more designs and have them all over the city.


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