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South Park Lights

Bill Pease installing the projections

Bill Pease installing the projections

Seattle media artist Franklin Joyce created “South Park Lights” in 2006, using community-inspired illustrations which illuminate the western exterior wall of the new 5,000-square-foot branch library. The images, which change seasonally, draw on the neighborhood’s history and Hispanic culture. The illuminated images appear near the library’s entry and include depictions of Cesar Chavez; Dia de los Muertos; the South Park Bridge; and River City Skate Park; as well as the message “South Park Rocks,” a tribute to South Park’s resident musicians. Three theatrical lighting fixtures, housed in artist-designed stainless steel enclosures mounted on two 12-foot columns, project the images. The public art project was funded with “Libraries for All” 1% for Art funds and managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.¬† According to the artist, South Park is one of Seattle’s most spirited and dynamic communities and needed an inclusive artwork that would allow the community to represent itself and be consistent with the vision of the new library.

We’ve now shown all of the original designs are looking for some fresh new ones. Want to submit an idea? We’ll consider every one we get! Check out the South Park Lights drawing template, print it out and draw on it or use your computer wizardry to create the design. Scan and¬†email it to us, along with information about who you are and where you live at webmaster [at] southparkarts.org (if you don’t have a scanner, email us and we’ll tell you where to send it). Here are the descriptions of the original eight images, for your inspiration.

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For even more info see the library’s page on the city’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs website.