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WABI Burien’s Public Art Walk-n-Talk will be Sunday, Aug. 1
August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
From our friends at WABI Burien:
In keeping with our summertime tradition, we will enjoy the 9th Annual Burien Public Art Walk-n-Talk this Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, as we begin the ELEVENTH YEAR (!) of our monthly Walk-n-Talks.
This month’s walk is a great way to discover the Public Art that Burien has scattered throughout town. We have sculptures, murals, decorated signal boxes, architectural and park details that are the result of artists’ collaborations with the City and other organizations.
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
Time: Meet-up at 2:00. Walking starts at 2:15.
Who: Walkers of every level and ability (dogs and cats are welcome, too.)
Place: Meet out in front of the Wells Fargo Bank, at the corner of Ambaum and SW 152nd. St.
Walking Route: We will start at “Gordon, Dixie and Clem”, and walk through town from there, including through the “Art Alley” between SW 152nd and 153rd Streets, from 6th Ave. to 4th Ave. We’ll also add the art spaces at The Maverick Apartmentsand Merrill Gardens, which are curated in partnership with the City of Burien. (You can read more about the art spaces on the B-Town Blog HERE.)
Distance: About 1.75 miles, round trip, mostly flat with sidewalks.
NOTE: We will be walking outside for the most part. Please follow the current CDC guidelines regarding use of facial coverings and social distancing for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
Burien Public Art Web Site & Survey
The City of Burien has completed a web site where you can view photos, maps, descriptions and the artist’s name for each piece of public art. Click HERE to explore the Burien Public Art web site and take the survey: https://magazine.burienwa.gov/burien-public-art/
Former Public Art Map
In 2013, the City of Burien’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, along with the Burien Arts Commission, created a walking map and signage for 23 public art pieces that were around town at the time. Though new artwork has since been added to our city, you may still DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE PRIOR PUBLIC ART WALKING MAP HERE to carry along with you as we discover 20 of the art pieces.
“Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.”
French novelist, Critic, and Essayist
What is Public Art in Burien?
It stands tall on a pedestal at your side, adds pattern and color to a painted wall and is embedded in the floor at your feet. Art is creative expression made visible through metal, glass, paint, paper, concrete… any material available to the artist.
Explore this community in a different way. Art is everywhere… sculptures, murals, carvings… but also artist-designed floors, windows, water features and more. Think about what “ART” means to you as you wander through Burien. Do you see pattern in a stack of tires, or texture in the natural landscape? How is your life enriched by the art around you?
According to Americans for the Arts: American cities and towns aspire to be places where people want to live and want to visit. Having a particular community identity, especially in terms of what our towns look like, is becoming even more important in a world where every place tends to look like everyplace else. Places with strong public art expressions break the trend of blandness and sameness, and give communities a stronger sense of place and identity.
The people responsible for planning public art projects are the Burien Arts Commission, a volunteer board of nine Burien residents who are appointed by the City Council. The Arts Commission is responsible for developing public art projects, for recommending funding allocations of the yearly Arts and Culture Grants and supporting the arts in other areas of the city such as events and residency program in the schools.
In 2020, the arts commission and city staff started a project to develop a long-term Art Plan. This five to ten-year plan will help guide how the public art funding is used, what type of art will be installed in Burien, and where the art will be installed. The commission has been busy over the past year researching art plans from other cities, gaining a better understanding of the importance of public art, and discussing how best to gather ideas from the community.
This is where YOU come into the picture. To make the Art Plan truly reflect the community, we need your input. How do you feel about public art? What public art brings you joy? Where would you like to see public art in Burien? Please take the survey and let us know your thoughts!
CLICK HERE for further information about public art in Burien and a link to the survey.
Art & Photo Credits:
For further information, please contact Maureen Hoffmann, WABI Burien President, [email protected]