Daily Journal Of Commerce Digs Burien’s Interim Art Space

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Last Monday (Jan. 12th), the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce posted a glowing story about Burien’s creative use of unused land at the new Town Square – turning it into an Interim Art Space.

The full story is here, and since it requires a subscription, here are some pertinent snippets:

What do you do when part of your project is stalled due to a lousy economy but you don’t want the empty space to be a blight on what you have already built?

You could fill the space with art.

When demand for condos slowed, Urban Partners decided to delay the second phase of condos for at least a year. That would have left a barren one-acre parcel. To avoid that, the developer teamed up with Ignition Northwest, the Burien Arts Commission and GGLO to create an interim space for art.

Several large-scale sculptures will be installed by crane late next week on the parcel, which is being called the Burien/Interim Arts Space. The first piece will be a 30-foot-tall mother and daughter sculpture called “The Passage” by artists Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito. It was first displayed in 2005 at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

(Kathy) Justin said the space will be somewhat like a P-patch for artists.

Amy Hoffman, development associate at Urban Partners, said Burien/Interim Arts Space has a one-year lease for the parcel, after which it will become a month-to-month lease. Justin said the lease was donated by Urban Partners.

Hoffman said Urban Partners may start the second batch of 169 condos after the arts lease expires, depending on market conditions. The second phase also would include 25,000 square feet of retail.

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