Construction on new art, The Seeking Place, begins soon at Riverfront Park

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 8:40 a.m.

SPOKANE – A new piece of local art will soon be installed in Riverfront Park.

The place of research, by Coeur d’Alene artist Sarah Thompson Moore, is comprised of perforated anodized aluminum panels, inspired by the basalt outcrops of our region. Perforations in the panel cast a unique light and shade that changes throughout the day, and LED lights mounted along the top cast light downward and create a glow in the evening while keeping it well lit at night.

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This installation will engage visitors in a collaborative experience with art and nature, and add colorful and accessible artwork to the park’s collection, including the addition of an ADA-friendly trail leading to carving.

The structure measures approximately 40′ x 23′ and up to 12′ high in places. It will be located near the Pavilion, in a grassed area known as Central Green, immediately north of the Orange Bridge along the Howard Street Parkway and Oak Lane.

The installation is planned from August to October. The cost of the project is $168,000, funded by the Riverfront Park Redevelopment Bond. The Seeking Place will be the second bond-funded artwork in the revitalized park. Stepwell by artist Meejin Yoon has been selected as the ‘signature’ artwork for the park’s redevelopment and is set to open by the end of the year on the island of West Havermale.

The place of research was unanimously selected by the Joint Arts Committee and the Spokane Park Board in 2020. A construction contract for site preparation and installation was approved by the Park Board this month, and Spokane Arts will continue to oversee the project through to completion.

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