Duwamish Revealed: What you’ll see along the river tonight & tomorrow

August 7, 2015 5:56 pm
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Your next chances to experience the summer-long, multi-site art event Duwamish Revealed – beyond viewing its installations – come tonight and tomorrow:

Have you seen “Duwamish Lighthouse” – at left in that photo with artist George Lee – at Jack Block Park? The first time we saw it in late May, looking down toward it from a walkway at the park, we didn’t know what it was, despite our early knowledge of the overall DR project, and speculated wildly that it was some kind of dock to ferry in workers for the then-nearby Polar Pioneer. It actually has functions including lighting and water-quality sampling, Lee told us during a recent media tour of some of the installations, led by DR curators Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage. Listen to his explanation:

Starting at 6 pm tonight, Lee and other artists with installations at Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Ave. SW) are scheduled to be there as part of an informal reception, and at 7, the park is also where you can see the performance “Reverberando (as mentioned in our daily preview this morning, and on this Facebook event page). In the background of our video clip with Lee, above, you can hear part of another installation – a sound piece, on which Robb Kunz collaborated with Joshua Kohl. Kunz talked about installing the sound equipment under one of the park’s overlooks:

Yet another artist you’ll be able to meet tonight while viewing her work at Jack Block Park is Jordan West Monez. Her “Plant 2015” is on the barge pier you can look down onto from one of the easternmost upper walkways at the park:

It’s an echo of the camouflage that topped Boeing Plant 2 during World War II. During our tour, she talked about it while standing on the walkway:

Also expected tonight is Jack Daws, the artist who made the signage that startled some when it turned up – we wrote about it in late May. If you don’t make it to tonight’s event, the art will still be at Jack Block Park for some weeks to come, so you can explore it at your own pace – lots of background material on the Duwamish Revealed website.

Tomorrow brings two events as part of Duwamish Revealed, on both sides of the river. On the West Seattle side, the City Meditation Crew plans a unique paddling event that you can watch, or be part of, 10 am-4 pm at Terminal 107 Park – details here. Then tomorrow night, West Seattle aerialist Tanya Brno stars in a performance piece visible from the eastern shore spot called The Estuary:

A site-specific aerial performance that is not to be missed! In her most ambitious piece yet, aerialist Tanya Brno performs suspended by a crane above the river in an illuminated moon created by sculptor Yuri Kinoshita. The performance will be accompanied by Coast Salish flutist and storyteller Paul Che Oke Ten Wagner (Saanich tribe).

This unforgettable evening will open with a twilight performance by the Duwamish Riverside People’s Chorus, led by musician Anne Mathews from the Lonely Coast. ALL ARE WELCOME to be part of the People’s Chorus – join Anne on the riverbank by the Estuary on Saturday, August 8 from 2-4 pm to learn and rehearse the music.

During last week’s tour, curators Kavage and Kistler told us the crane is among those visible from this spot where we stopped on the eastern riverbank:

Toward the left of that view, by the way, is yet another installation from Duwamish Revealed – the only one that’s actually in the water, it was explained. But you won’t be watching Brno from there – The Estuary is a little further north, at 4651 Diagonal Ave. S.

We have a few more Duwamish Revealed stories to tell from the tour, but we’ll save them for another day – including more on the Water Festival coming up next weekend at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, including myriad performances plus the annual Lucha Libre masked-Mexican-wrestling show … 12-8 on Saturday, August 15th; 12-6 on Sunday, August 16th. The festival rundown is here.

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