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Wednesday, March 9 • 8:00am - 12:30pm
Art and Land Reclamation: Kent Earthworks and Gas Works Park

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In Kent, just south of Seattle, experience two iconic examples of earth art. The Herbert Bayer Earthwork and the Robert Morris Earthwork are more than just visually interesting: these places demonstrate important, artistic solutions to complicated land-use issues such as flood control and reclamation. Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent, will introduce us to Bayer's work, which, in 2008, became the City's first landmark. Cath Brunner, Director of Public Art, 4Culture, will introduce us to the Morris work, part of 4Culture's public art collection and a site that attracts international visitors.

Following this, we'll head back up north to Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood and meet Richard Haag, internationally recognized and honored landscape architect, who will give us a tour of his award-winning creation: Gas Works Parks. Gas Works Park is one of the first post-industrial landscapes to be transformed into a public space. Designed by Haag in the 1970s, it is the site of a former coal gasification plant. Today, the site of approximately 20 acres offers shoreline access to Lake Union and a kite hill alongside preserved industrial towers and buildings which have been converted to picnic shelters and play spaces for children. Haag won the American Society of Landscape Architects “President's Award of Design Excellence” for this project. We are thrilled that Mr. Haag is graciously giving us this tour. It is an opportunity not to be missed!

Maximum Participants: 26
Fee: $30
Accessibility: Walking, standing.
Transportation: Coach. Meet your tour wrangler around the North Tower escalators on the Westin's Lobby Level before the 8:00 AM departure.


Wednesday March 9, 2016 8:00am - 12:30pm PST