“Heaven and Earth” Returning to Carkeek Park

The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), in collaboration with the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation, will once again present an exhibit of outdoor art at Carkeek Park.

“Heaven and Earth 3:  Cycles of Return” will be on display throughout Carkeek Park from July 9, 2011 to October 9, 2011.

An Opening Reception will be hosted this Saturday, July 9, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at Carkeek’s Environmental Learning Center, 950 Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA 98177.  The public is invited to meet the “Heaven and Earth” artists and organizers and to tour the exhibits.

Additional funding from 4Culture’s Site Specific program and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs allows this year’s exhibit to return with an expanded roster of artists –  a total of 20 to 25 displays from 21 individual artists.

A walking tour of Carkeek’s “Heaven and Earth 3” takes about an hour and a half.  Some works can be seen in less time, including a variety visible from the access road.  Maps can be downloaded for free at CoCA’s website beginning July 9.

In addition to Carkeek Park, a satellite exhibit exploring Puget Sound’s marine environment is on display at Point Shilshole Beach in Ballard, featuring 10 more installations by various artists.

As in previous years, “Heaven and Earth” focuses on our natural environment in a world of change. Participating artists present their interpretations of art and nature, leaving “no trace” following removal of their installation.  The artwork is constructed of mostly natural materials and is designed to have minimal impact on the park.  Installations will either decompose organically or will leave the park in the same state it was prior to installation.

Carkeek Park is considered one of Seattle’s premier urban forests.  Sunset Magazine recently named it #3 among America’s top 10 urban parks.  Seattle Parks and Recreation estimated that 150,000 people visited Carkeek Park during the “Heaven and Earth” display period last summer.  A similar turnout is hoped for again this year.

For more information on this event, contact David Francis at 206-283-4701 or via email at david@cocaseattle.org.

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