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New artwork will celebrate the history of the Bitter Lake community



Seattle artist Jen Dixon will create and install a new artwork as part of the Linden Avenue North Complete Street Project, to be located on the eastern side of the street within 13200 and 13500 blocks of Linden Avenue North.

Dixon’s artwork, Playland, will consist of repurposed SDOT road signs which will be water-jet cut and screen printed to create a large colorful collage that will mimic the contour of a roller coaster.  Playland reflects Bitter Lake/Broadview’s varied history and takes its name from a 12-acre amusement park that operated adjacent to the site from 1930-1961. The artwork will feature a series of themes and motifs reflecting the area and its history from the amusement park and the historic sawmill, to the native animals and the neighborhood’s residential/commercial development.  By referencing a beloved historical site, the artwork provides a sense of play and wonder for the everyday user. Playland’s use of material, color and themes will also create a sense of continuity to the artwork, FlipBooks, which Dixon also created for along the Interurban trail between North 110th Street and North 128th Street.