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Archive for June, 2010

Come to the wake and watch the muralists!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

South Park is remembering its dear old bridge on Wednesday, June 30, from 6pm-10pm with a giant party! You can call it a wake, but we’re gonna call it a party. Because here at South Park Arts, we believe our loss is a great opportunity for South Park to be reborn!

Not only does this “wake” have an awesome poster designed by a certain SPArtian webmistress (who is tooting her own horn just by writing this), it’s going to have SIX muralists transforming the bridge from blah to fabu!

Here are the fantastic six artists who will be there on Wednesday night: » keep reading »

Muralists needed for June 30 bridge event

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The two sides of the bridge are framed perfectly for murals

South Park Arts needs muralists for our soon-to-be-closed bridge! Would you like to put your mural-painting skills on display for the community? On Wednesday, June 30, at 7:30pm, the South Park community will be mourning the loss of our bridge with a wake and party. Instead of just mourning our loss of the bridge, South Park Arts would like to use the wake to celebrate new possibilities in our community. We’re hoping to have eight muralists spraying on the bridge during the party, giving the community something to watch, and transforming the structure from defunct infrastructure into artistic force.

The murals will remain intact for at least a year — possibly much, much longer — until the old bridge is demolished to build the new one. The sides of the bridge offer striking framed portions of concrete that can be filled with painted images (see photo). Later in the summer, the community will be working to transform the spaces around the bridge into a temporary park, and your mural will be the backdrop.

As for logistics, you will be given an arch under the bridge to fill, a small stipend for your time and supplies, and free food and drink. The event starts at 7:30pm, but you can begin your work at 7pm, and will need to consider that it will get dark around 9.

The possibilities are endless but themes for mural works could include impermanence, city infrastructure, sudden change, gathering together, loss of connection, stasis, and growth. For more information on South Park and the bridge, check out these sites:

If you are interested in this project, please let  us know at info [at]

Find SPArts on Flickr

Monday, June 14th, 2010

South Park Arts has joined Flickr! If you’d like to share your photos of SPArts events, use your account to join the South Park Arts Flickr group and start adding all your documentary masterpieces. It’s free to join and relatively painless to upload photos. Even if you don’t have an account, you can keep track of what we’ve been up to by checking out the photos.

Artist-to-Artist: Lettie Haggard chats with Rusty Oliver of the HazardFactory

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

In this edition of SPArts’ monthly artist-to-artist series, Lettie Haggard talks to Rusty Oliver, who runs South Park’s HazardFactory, an industrial arts studio specializing in the “artistic re-direction of technology”, where he teaches welding classes and offers open studios. On May 19, 2010, Lettie ventured from her adorable Witch Hat House near Marra Farm northward to the industrial banks of the Duwamish to meet Rusty at the HazardFactory.

Lettie: Hi Rusty, I’m Lettie…

Lettie enters the large warehouse and notices metal things everywhere. The space is very well lit and organized. She can tell this guy is serious about what he does. She spies a structure made of truck gears, a metal shaft and a bicycle wheel attached to the top. It looks like some kind of lightning rod or a work in progress. She knows she has to inquire about the contraption.

Rusty: This is a sculpture that I am working on. The base is a truck gear. It has electricity running through the spokes. The wires of the spokes are tunable, when you turn the crank it creates an electric current and it makes sound.

Lettie: That’s really cool! Could a person ride it like a bike?

Rusty: No, I think you would be electrocuted!

Lettie: Ooh yeah you’d get burned… You said you teach welding classes. Who do you teach?
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Seeking artists to build mini-golf holes in South Park!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Have you always wanted to play MINI-GOLF in South Park? We know we have!

South Park Arts is sponsoring a mini-golf course for “Night Out“. Mark your calender for the evening of Tuesday August 3 for our first annual “South Park Putts Out”.

Nine talented artists, designers, builders, or teams will create this course, and YOU might be one of those people. If you are interested in conjuring up a hole, please print the attached form, fill it out, make a sketch, and send it in! We don’t have much time, so the deadline is only a couple weeks away — June 30, 2010. Download the South Park Putts Out application here. Return it to Jen Nye at jen [at] or mail it to the address in the application — it must be received by June 30!