Bridle Trails Art
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Done! "Homage," a quietly beautiful and poetic equestrian-themed work of public art Bridle Trails residents requested for their neighborhood, is complete.
Next steps will be to clean up and enhance the landscaping at each of the three art sites. The major part of the landscaping is planned for the fall, giving the new plantings plenty of time to take root. For now, each site is being cleaned up and, where needed, given some basic plantings. Later this spring the Arts Program will sponsor a dedication celebration -- stay tuned for more info on that.
In the meantime, here are some pictures to enjoy. Even better - take advantage of a warm sunny day and visit the real thing.
Artwork title for all works: Homage
Artist's Statement ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
NE 24th and 120th Ave. NE Homage/Double Horse
Triangle median at 132nd Ave. NE and NE40th Homage/ Forest / Seed / Infinity
A series of cut boulders inscribed with pine seeds, spirals and other images dot the path inside the triangle median at 132nd Ave. NE and NE 40th.
Trail entry north of Golf Course - 140th Ave. NE near NE 60th. Homage/Braid
Interlocking braided circles express the unity of a neighborhood ofdifferent people and different lifestyles, and with a common interest in preserving the area's natural beauty and respecting Bridle Trails' equestrian tradition. A facing boulder, cut and polished for seating, is engraved with a poem by the artist. The poem appears at all three of the sites.
Commissioning an equestrian-themed work of public art was one of several projects Bridle Trails residents selected in 2009 for their neighborhood through the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). The project budget was $35,000.
Once a neighborhood votes its NEP selections, the project is transferred to the appropriate department or program, in this case, the city’s Public Art Program. Using city processes for commissioning public art, a selection panel including Bridle Trails residents and arts professionals was assembled and given the job of guiding artist selection and design development.
Chaired by former Bellevue Arts Commissioner and Bridle Trails resident Judy Holder, the panel reviewed entries and interviewed four of the artists who applied. The panel selected artist Bruce Myers based on his past work, his sensitivity to place and his thoughtful, enthusiastic response to both the Bridle Trails neighborhood and the equestrian theme. His daughter was taking riding lessons, and he said his household is steeped in equestrian culture. Here is some of the information he shared with the selection panel.
Bruce works in bronze, stone, concrete and other media. His studio is on Orcas Island.
Art Concept Development
The first step in developing the artwork was to expand Bruce’s contact with the community. In October, 2009 Bridle Trails residents had an opportunity to meet Bruce, see his past work and talk with him about their ideas for sites and for directions the art could take.
Bruce’s next step was to assemble images that could influence his work and trigger ideas. In the spirit of a true public art project, Bruce invited the community to suggest images and words as well.
Using these ideas Bruce developed a number of concepts that he asked the panel and residents to prioritize. Based on that feedback, Bruce created three designs for 3 sites.
Several sites were suggested for art, each with advantages and challenges. We took suggestions from residents, selection panelists and city staff. We checked for hazards, safety concerns and even traffic counts. Bruce's design includes work for all three of these sites. Below are photos of the sites before the art works were installed and comments on each site.
|| Northeast 24th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast, northeast corner: Gateway, high visibility for traffic. A City capital program, Enhanced Right of Way and Urban Boulevards (ERUB) staff worked with Bruce to develop a landscape design that will work well with the art. The partnership with ERUB stretched art dollars and enhanced the project. Interim work landscaping will be done this Spring, and the majority will be completed this fall.|
|| 132nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 40th Street, by the path on the triangle median: Geographically, the site is roughly the center of the neighborhood and a nearby gazebo is a charming neighborhood feature. Traffic safety staff said only pedestrian-oriented work sited away from 132nd can go here because of serious concerns about traffic safety. The triangular median has a walking path through its center and plenty of trees, making the interior of the median fairly protected sight-wise from the street and passing traffic. |
||140th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 60th Street: Gateway into the Bellevue portion of Bridle Trails, by the Bellevue Golf Course. Here, too, the ERUB program will provide landscaping, mostly on the south side of the site up against the fence for the golf course. Interim landscaping will be done this Spring and the majority will be completed this fall.|
Bridle Trails Selection Panel
- Judy Holder, Chair - former Bellevue Arts Commissioner, immediate past Chair for the Commission, and Bridle Trails resident
- Bob Adamowski, Bridle Trail resident
- Passion Julinsey, Bridle Trails resident (retired from panel)
- Peggy Swistak, Bridle Trails resident
- Sue Raschella, Bridle Trails resident (retired from panel)
- Cable Griffith, Artist, Gallery and Exhibitions Curator for Cornish College of the Arts
- Perri Lynch, Artist