Imbrication

Imbrication

Where is it?

Albert Davis Park/Lake City Civic Core

Location

12526 27th Ave NE
Seattle
WA 98125
USA

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About the Artwork

"Imbrication" by artist Perri Howard consists of seventeen acid-stained, precast concrete sculptures in the shape of waveforms and a custom hatch cover. The overall design features three complex waveforms at the center of the park, echoed by single waves propagating down the stairs and through the plaza, diving below and re-emerging from the ground plane. As a whole, the sculptures embody both the tranquil and dynamic states of water through soft curves, hard edges and a dramatic ""breaking-up"" of one continuous waveform. Water run-off from rooftops, paved surfaces and ground seepage is cleaned, recycled and piped through a catch basin drain located at the center of the artwork. The catch basin is capped with a stainless steel custom hatch cover with a vortex pattern. The water path is designed to be a subtle element, with intermittent flow based on storm paths. When flowing, visitors will hear water echoing off the sculptures and flowing beneath their feet.

Date

2005

Materials

Concrete, stainless steel

Dimensions

Sculptures: 60"h x 17'w x approx. 32"d. Hatchcover: 25 1/2" diam.

Funding Source

Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Pro Parks Levy, Department of Fleets and Facilities 1% for Art funds

Status

Installed

Type

Permanent

ID

PR05.054

Artist

Perri Howard

Artist Statement

On this planet, water is the universal life force. Where there is water, there is life, energy, and growth. Fluid motion develops in five progressive stages: instability, turbulence, separation, resistance, and fluidity. "Imbrication" invites one to consider dynamic transitions and tranquil states in one's own life within the natural setting of an urban parkscape. The presence of water is a landmark of life.