Sunday, July 28, 2013

Metabolic Shift

Metabolic Shift

The ongoing project in Local Obscure Stuff takes us to an especially obscure public artwork this time. Metabolic Shift isn't hidden, exactly; it's a set of glass panels on the 12th avenue side of the Streetcar Lofts condo complex, between Lovejoy & Marshall. I've walked past it dozens of times, and I know I've noticed the piece and thought it was a pleasant and attractive architectural detail of the building. I didn't realize it was officially public art (whatever that means) until I saw it on a walking map and went to find it for blog posting purposes.

The Smithsonian inventory page (linked above) describes it as "Abstract sculpture consisting of a white wall panel adorned with cutouts of circles and ovals in various colors, flanked by two black wall panels adorned with cutouts of circles and ovals in white". The artist's website includes it on a Selected Works page, along with a number of other glass works located around the Northwest, several performance pieces, and assorted other projects such as her design for the 2012 Rose Festival's "Festival of Flowers" in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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