Burien's B/ IAS Outdoor Art Space Is Back…But With A Major Twist


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by Robb Patrickson

Burien’s Pubic Arts Board announced Thursday (April 1) that they’re going to re-open the now-closed but innovative Burien Interim Art Space, which once sat in an empty lot at SW 150th and 5th SW near the Town Square complex.

In order to save money and re-use current signage, the new space will still be call B/ IAS, but the acronym will stand for:

Burien’s Imaginary Art Space

“What once housed elements of unique ‘Burning Man’ sculptures like ‘The Passage’ or ‘Fire Pod’ will now sit totally vacant and empty,” said new B/ IAS Curator Yonnie Yonson, an avant-garde artiste´ who hails from Slooflir, PA. “Where once there was a controversial naked female sculpture there will just sit chunks of crumpled, broken asphalt. Where once there was a ‘sustainable garden’ there will sit…dirt…”

With a grand re-opening date set for “whenever,” according to Yonson, the new B/ IAS will give art lovers everywhere a “chance to sit or lie down, or perhaps even squat…close your eyes and imagine great art that only you can conjure up in your teeny tiny little Burien mind,” according to a press release.

A $5 cover charge will apply and be payable through one of six kiosks that will line the perimeter of the new razor-wire fence that was installed overnight Wednesday night.

Part of a new razor-wire fence that surrounds the new B/ IAS.

Here’s the press release in its entirety:

BURIEN – What once housed a collection of innovative and sometimes controversial artwork in this humble little town will rise again, as B/ IAS, or “Burien’s Imaginary Art Space,” which will be re-opened as a space where even the wildest art projects can “come to life.”

“What once housed elements of unique ‘Burning Man’ sculptures like ‘The Passage’ or ‘Fire Pod’ will now sit totally vacant and empty,” said new B/ IAS Curator Yonnie Yonson, himself an avant-garde artiste´ who hails from Slooflir, PA. “Where once there was a controversial naked female sculpture there will just sit chunks of broken asphalt. Where once there was a ‘sustainable garden’ there will sit…dirt.”

Visitors will be required to pay a $5 cover charge at new electronic Kiosks, which are being installed on April 1st.

“For just $5 bucks, you can now create your own art space,” said Yonson as he closed his eyes and puffed on a clove cigarette. “Imagine the possibilities!”

Once inside the secure razor-wire fence, visitors will be free to roam at will and stand, sit, lie down or even squat wherever they please on an assortment of uncomfortable broken asphalt chunks. Three watch towers will create a “harmonious safety zone” in an otherwise bleak Burien environment, and armed guards will keep everyone safe, including children to families and yes, even pets. The only banned visitors will be local politicians.

This new B/ IAS will give art lovers everywhere a chance to sit or lie down, or perhaps even squat…and close your eyes and imagine great art that only you can conjure up in your teeny tiny little Burien mind!

[INTERN EDITOR’S NOTE: We certainly hope all our beloved Readers are enjoying today, April 1, 2010, aka “April Fools’ Day”!]

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8 Responses to “Burien's B/ IAS Outdoor Art Space Is Back…But With A Major Twist”
  1. Ed Dacy says:

    I think I can leak this now. Also coming to the same space is an Imaginary Water Park, It was approved at the same meeting as the nude beach.

    Ed 🙂

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  2. Diana says:

    Who knew that Slooflir, PA was the creative nudist mecca of the world?!

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  3. Dane Johnson says:

    Kathy and I will sleep easy knowing all letters of disapproval over the new art will have to be signed sealed and delivered the letter writers themselves.

    Dane J

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  4. J Dransen says:

    With all the violations in the other parks in Burien, I think the razor wire should be installed to keep the problem people from using the parks.

    This imaginary art work though is going to attract many imaginary artists to Burien, who will more likey than not do some littering

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    • tripC says:

      I wonder if certain areas of Burien could get the city on board with a ” Neighborhood matching fund” to put razor wire around the beaches alond Puget Sound, and Lake Burien? The city will donate up to $5,000 in matching funds. I would bet there is more than one group in Burien that through donated time, and COLD (no pun intended) hard cash, could probably raise thousands, if not hundreds of thousands for a smart project like this one could be.

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  5. Sara Chapman says:

    Unfortunately, you are not kidding, much. I HATE the asphalt chunks. They looked like the ground upchucked or something. Like there aren’t any artists around who could fill that space and then some.

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  6. kap53 says:

    Chain link fence? barbed wire? which prison are we trying to break into???????
    I am glad that artists will have the space avialable but I don’t think it requires protection with barbed wire fencing. When the original sculptures were installed you couldn’t tell the “art” from what the neighboring contractors were throwing out.

    An increase in police presence would be a better way to spend city money than making our parks fortresses.

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  7. Karen says:

    You got me! LOL

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