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Art in Carkeek Park

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 1, 2009 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
July 1, 2009 6:00 am

Barbara De Pirro, “fungi plastica” and “vine plastica.” Photo courtesy Barbara De Pirro.

If you’re up Seattle way, drop in at Carkeek Park, where the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has teamed up with Parks and Rec and various neighborhood councils to produce a really great summer art event: environmental art in the park. “Heaven and Earth” features sculpture by 11 regional artists that links both the idea of heaven (or haven, a safe, relaxing place) and earth (natural materials.) Sculptures had to leave no trace in the park, either by decomposing or by leaving no mark when they’re removed on August 10 at the exhibition’s close.

Barbara De Pirro is one semi-local artist on show. The Shelton artist is known in Tacoma, showing her tightly-woven, elegantly-curved bio-forms made of plastic bags at the Envirohouse and recently served as artist in residence at the Museum of Glass (her installation “Plastic and Light” is still on view there through the end of the year.) For the Carkeek Park show, De Pirro constructed four biomorphic structures with recycled plastic bags and bottles: In her words, “An environmental statement through the juxtaposition of material, form and location.” They’re located on three sites: the apple orchard, near the bridge over Pipers Creek and tucked near the stairs at the model airplane field.

How about something like that in Wright Park, with Tacoma artists? Sounds fun.

“Heaven and Earth” is on view at Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, through August 10. Entry is free. www.heavenandearthexhibition.org

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