‘Luna Girls’ artwork on Alki: New location proposed, on boardwalk

July 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 7 Comments

Beach Drive residents and visitors are familiar with artist Lezlie Jane‘s waterfront work – including the distinctive installations at Weather Watch Park, Constellation Park, and Cormorant Cove. She is working on a new creation that’s been discussed at the last two Alki Community Council meetings, and when ACC met last Thursday night, she revealed the boardwalk east of Alki Bathhouse is the new proposed location for “Luna Girls on Alki,” seen in her rendering above.

The steel sculpture outlines three early-20th-century bathing beauties you might have found swimming at the Luna Park amusement park – just the outline, so you can look right through to the Puget Sound view. As of the first discussion at last month’s ACC meeting, the landscaped island at 63rd and Alki was the suggested location – that’s what the Parks Department originally approached Jane about – but that didn’t work out, and last Thursday night, Jane revealed a brand-new proposed location, in the curve that protrudes from the boardwalk by the seawall east of the bathhouse. (She says many details are yet to be worked out, but since it’s in the expanded section, it wouldn’t be in the traffic flow; it would be expected that people might climb or sit on it, and that would be OK.)

She says the outlines of the Luna Girls will be sandblasted but left to “go natural,” eventually oxidizing to a dark orange. They’re about 6 feet high. They’ll likely be cut from one-inch- to inch-and-a-half-thick plate steel. Jane is seeking private funding for the work, with a budget around $30,000; she is hoping that will come from three donors contributing $10,000 each, and says one has already signed on. They’ve come up with ways to acknowledge and thank donors, as well as the tax deduction and a plaque AND naming rights for “their girl.” (It will be a permanent installation.)

If you’re interested in being a sponsor – or just want to find out more about the “Luna Girls” – they have their own website, lunagirlsonalki.com.

7 Comments

  1. I like the sketch a lot. Very classy. Do not understand some of the details. Someone could give one of the figures a name? Not sure that I like that idea.

    Comment by LongTimer WS — 10:44 pm July 23, 2012 #

  2. Mostly I think the idea is to make a prospective $10,000 donation as appealing as possible. Let’s say your grandma or great-grandma could have been a bathing beauty in the Luna Park days … my mom’s mom could have been! … you could give “your” Luna Girl her name. Or something from the Top Names of the 1910s – here’s the list: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/names1910s.html

    Comment by WSB — 10:49 pm July 23, 2012 #

  3. Love the sketch. I’m in favor of this artwork~ just wondering if it will look as good when it “goes natural” to rust?

    Comment by ttt — 11:13 pm July 23, 2012 #

  4. Nice work, but no thank you.

    Comment by k — 6:03 am July 24, 2012 #

  5. It’s cool! I like it! Outdoor art is awesome!

    Comment by aparent — 9:15 am July 24, 2012 #

  6. I’m not always pleased with the public art choices out there and would be protective of an area I see regularly but I really like this! It fits into Alki’s story beautifully without being imposing or taking over the landscape.

    Comment by CJ — 9:11 pm July 24, 2012 #

  7. I think it’s darling. I am great admirer of Ms. Jane’s public works.

    I can also imagine some of the “creative” photo interpretations that are likely to follow.

    Comment by shed22 — 2:09 pm July 25, 2012 #

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