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Art Interrupts Greenwood

During August and September, five artists are creating temporary art installations along Greenwood Avenue N for the Art Interruptions project.  Artwork is installed along city sidewalks to offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day with a moment of surprise, beauty or humor.  Locations include street infrastructure and trees, and are on display for a period up to six weeks. See descriptions below for locations.

A.K. “Mimi” Allin will walk along Greenwood Avenue N, between N 65th and N 85th, embracing telephone poles. This will happen three times per week for two hours per day, during morning or evening rush hour, for fiveconsecutive weeks. Where telephone poles are unavailable she will use lampposts or signposts. After an appropriate amount of time expressing affection for each pole, the artist will compose a handwritten love letter and leave it attached to the pole.  These performances started August 10 as part of PhinneyWood Summer Streets.

Barbara DePirro installed a series of chrysalis sculptures clustered together and installed in four trees located at Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Avenue N, Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N and The Fiber Gallery at 8212 Greenwood Avenue N.  Each individual ‘chrysalis’ ranges in size from 12 to 24 inches and are formed by recycled plastic product packaging, bags and banding to create hand sculpted wire forms.





Joanna Lepore created mini-gardens constructed out of recycled plastic bottles, drip irrigation and twine. The gardens contain all edible plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs that continue to grow on site. The gardens are located in two areas – one is at Alaskan Way and Wall Street near the Central Waterfront. The other is located at 7818 Greenwood Avenue N as part of PhinneyWood Summer Streets.





Chris Papa has created a site-specific wood sculpture composed of salvaged wood from shipping pallets, produce crates, discarded furniture and other waste wood. The sculpture wraps around a mature street tree in the likeness of a vine. The work is located on the SE corner of N. 85th and Greenwood Avenue N at 8141 Greenwood Avenue N.






Carolina Silva has created miniature reproductions of five select houses along Greenwood Avenue N. which are hung in trees near the original home as though they were birdhouses. Locations are 7006, 7023, 7145, 7811, 7502 & 7915 Greenwood Avenue N. (between N 67th & N 80th Streets).

Art Interruptions is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.