Art and Artists from the Sound Transit Station Featured in Bellevue Art Museum Exhibit


The Bellevue Arts Museum Architecture and Urban Design Biennial features Sound Transit’s public art program (better known as STart) showcasing installations at multiple East Link and Downtown Redmond Link stations.

STart partnered with LMN Architects for the installations.

Through the prism of “Architecture and Urban Design”, STart and LMN strive to illustrate the way in which each station is designed with the passenger experience at the forefront of any decision, to make crossing space a movement fluid, and to create bridges between places and communities.

In this context, public art can be many things: a wayfinding tool, a moment of respite, or a space for contemplation or gathering; although public art primarily provides an element of self-reflection and pride for each community.

The remainder of the Biennale will span the entire third floor of the museum and explore the perspective of architects, artists and urban planners on how urban planning decisions shape our responses to critical questions in an ever-changing urban environment. expansion.

As we prepare to open the East Link project as 2 Line in 2023, STart is working to raise awareness of what is happening in East Side communities.

The gallery exhibition also aims to demystify the processes behind the development of public art projects – processes that may not necessarily be familiar to the typical museum-goer.

Part of the Bellevue Art Museum’s biennial exhibition featuring artists’ creations for Sound Transit East Link stations.

All of the major public artworks featured in this space are the product of an ongoing partnership between the project architects and STart, as well as the individual artists selected for each opportunity: from Leo Berk’s embedded artwork in the pedestrian bridge above Highway 520, at Louie Gong’s, a massive cut-metal artwork that will lend character to the Spring District station, the towering, futuristic light sculpture of Philip K. Smith III at the station of Wilburton.

The exhibition will feature large-scale wall graphics depicting immersive artwork, prototypes and a replica of the cyclorama – the big 20ft. Diameter aerial drum-shaped light box structure developed for Bellevue Downtown station, to display rotating 2D artwork.

STart also commissioned videographer AJ Lenzi to produce a documentary-style video to explore the artistic processes behind designing and making public art, through artist interviews with Kenji Stoll (Downtown Redmond Station), Vicki Scuri (South Bellevue Station) and the manufacturers involved. in every project, Mighty Tieton and Winsor Fireform.

Discover the fascinating stories behind these new Eastside landmarks.

The Making of Art for Public Places, Part 1: Vicki Scuri, South Bellevue Station Acoustical Panels
The Making of Art for Public Places, Part 2: Kenji Stoll, Downtown Redmond Station, Art Panels.

Located on the first floor of the museum in the Community Education Gallery, the STart part of the Biennale exhibition will be free, like the rest of the first floor of the museum.

It runs until April 24, 2022.

Artists presented at the BAM Biennial:

Leo Saul Berk (Overlake Station)

Yuki Nakamura (Overlake Station)

Vicki Scuri (Bellevue South Station)

Kenji Stoll (Downtown Redmond Station)

Julie Paschkis (Downtown Redmond Station)

Louie Gong (Spring District Station)

Phillip K. Smith III (Wilburton Station)

Barbara Earl Thomas (Judkins Park Station)

Hank Willis Thomas (Judkins Park Station)

Paul Marioni (Bellevue Downtown Station)

Go here for more information on the East Link project.

Go here for more information on the STart program.

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