‘On the Fence’ temporary installation made from maps

Nov 29, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Arts Commission Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks’ “Swimming Up Stream” is on Sixth Avenue North.

Edmonds artist Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks’ “Swimming Up Stream” temporary public art installation is now on display through February.

You can see it along Sixth Avenue North at Civic Field next the petanque courts.

“Swimming Up Stream” is recycled from a piece the artist created last fall for La Conner’s MoNA (Museum of Northwest Art) “Surge” show. The show, presented in partnership with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium, is now in its third year.

It provides a forum for artists and environmental researchers and educators to present the public with new perspectives on issues such as flooding, sea level rise and storm surge.

The brightly colored fish are made from recycled Skagit Valley infrared maps, created by Roger Fuller, a spatial ecologist with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment.

Smiley-Fairbanks said the intent of the installation is to spark interest in the infrared maps, as well as generate a conversation about the link between the waterways of Puget Sound and the importance of recycling to the health of the overall environment.

Have an installation idea of your own?

The Edmonds Arts Commission seeks artists to create temporary artworks for the “On the Fence” program. Installations are exhibited for about three to four months. The Arts Commission selects projects from submitted proposals.

Application information can be found at www.edmondsartscommission.org under “Opportunities.” Call 425-771-0228, or email eac@edmondswa.gov for more information.

 

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