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New public art by Lisa Kinoshita brightens Metro Parks’ STAR Center in South Tacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:23 am |
November 6, 2012 12:13 pm
Lisa Kinoshita, "Sempervivum." Courtesy image.

Tacoma artist Lisa Kinoshita will see her latest public art piece unveiled and dedicated this Saturday at the new Metro Parks STAR Center on South 66th St. Kinoshita’s “Sempervivum,” a $25,000 commission created under the 1 per cent for art money that’s part of any public project, was inspired by the natural wetland history of the area.

“My outdoor art installation pays tribute to the wetlands during its early-20th century heyday,” said Kinoshita. “This sculpture trilogy seeks to link the past to the future, celebrates South Tacoma’s fascinating natural heritage and highlights the sensitive balance between humans and their surroundings.”

Made of three large steel forms with plants covering them, “Sempervivum” makes use of green-roof technology, and fits with the center’s goal to achieve silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status.

Lisa Kinoshita, "Sempervivum." Courtesy photo.

An installation and jewelry artist, Kinoshita lives and works in Tacoma, and has exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, Fife Historical Museum, Vetri Gallery, Fulcrum Gallery and more. She won the 2010 Foundation of Art Award from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

The dedication happens at 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Free. STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma. 253-305-1000, metroparkstacoma.org


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