PHOTO: Workers Prep for Saturday’s ‘SeaCompression’ at Burien Town Square

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Workers are setting up for Saturday’s SeaCompression. Click image to see larger version. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

If you’ve driven past the empty parcel on the northwest corner of Burien Town Square lately, you may have noticed fencing, several portable toilets, forklifts and other industrial-looking gear being installed.

Don’t worry – the city is NOT starting construction on an apartment building (yet) – it’s just workers setting up for this Saturday’s SeaCompression!

‘SeaCompression’ is basically the Northwest’s official post-Burning Man celebration, and is returning to Burien this Saturday night, Oct. 13. It will be held in the same location as last year – the empty northwest parcel of land at Burien Town Square at SW 150th and 5th Ave SW.

SeaCompression is sponsored by Ignition Northwest and produced by volunteers. Proceeds help fund large scale public art projects, an annual scholarship to the Pratt Fine Art Center, and other educational projects throughout the year.

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“Held every Autumn, SeaCompression is our annual post-Burning Man arts festival (named after “Decompression”, which is held in San Francisco, the home of the Burning Man organization),” reads an announcement. “SeaCompression is a celebration of the interactive arts, with an emphasis on participation. Fire arts, live music, kinetic sculptures, art cars, multiple dance spaces, sound and light shows, all can be found at SeaCompression, in addition to random oddities such as a 30′ neon rainbow, a remote controlled blimp, a 12′ tall bundle of grapes, and a hydrodynamic science project that mixes fire and water in a 6′ whirlpool.”

SeaCompression also features extravagant live performances, including fire spinners, daring aerialists, interpretive dancers, contortionists, live musicians, and even an eclectic marching band. SeaCompression’s dance floors star impressive lineups of Seattle’s best known DJs.

Since its start in 2002, attendance has grown from 500 people to well over 2,000, with a volunteer staff of 200 to 300. Past venues have included the Fremont UnConventional Center, the Ballard Segway, Consolidated Works, Sand Point Magnuson Park, and a two-acre lot in Downtown Burien. Ignition Northwest and its event producers work closely with Fire Marshals, Parks Departments, private property owners, and a professional security team to ensure that all events are managed responsibly and leave no trace.

Music. Fire. Dance. Art. Pink.

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