Asphalt Chunks Cleared From B/ IAS Space For Wild Strawberry Festival
The vacant lot at 5th SW and SW 150th has been transformed many times in the past few years, from a one-time shopping area (you can still see “Bartell’s Parking” painted on the cement) to a staging area for the new Town Square development, to an amazing, temporary art park, the Burien Interim Art Space (B/ IAS).
Despite having its artwork removed last fall (read our coverage here), one element that stayed behind were chunks of asphalt that looked like they were the aftermath of giant underground moles. Some folks liked it, some thought it posed a danger to pedestrians, and some thought it looked “trashy.”
Early Wednesday morning (June 2), Burien’s Public Works staff held a training exercise where workers removed the asphalt and transformed the space into a cleaner area for the upcoming Wild Strawberry Festival, which will be held June 19-20 (more info here) at Town Square.
During the festival, the site that once held sculptures, fire, and gardens (and chunks of asphalt) will play host to a giant inflatable village, trapeze artists, a skate competition, and more.
For more information on the fest go to www.burienstrawberryfestival.org.
In the meantime, here are some photos of the cleanup taken by Michael Brunk: