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Heaven and Earth III: Cycles of Return

July 9 - October 9, 2011
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Careek Park and Point Shilshole Beach
curated by David Francis

With additional funding from 4Culture's Site Specific program and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Heaven and Earth outdoor artwork exhibit returns for a third year with an expanded roster of artists. In addition to Carkeek Park, a satellite of the show explores the Puget Sound marine environment at Point Shilshole Beach in Ballard. Seattle Parks and Recreation estimated that 150,000 people visited Carkeek Park during the display period last summer. The exhibition this year features 21 artists with 20-25 artworks located throughout the park and 10 more at Point Shilshole. A walking tour of the Carkeek portion of the exhibit takes about an hour and a half, but some work can be seen in much less time, including a variety of work visible from the access road. Maps can be downloaded for free at CoCA's website beginning July 9. A catalog of this year's exhibit will be released in August. 

The exhibition is made possible by a unique three-way partnership between the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council. As before, the theme concerns the natural world in a time of dramatic change. Some of the art is designed to weather in place and erode while other work incorporates movement and interactive use by visitors. 

In reviews by the Seattle Times, City Arts, The Art of Science, REI Blog, and the Seattle Weekly, the 2010 exhibition was recognized for its unique combination of art in a wooded urban park, among the only such exhibitions in the country. While art in downtown parks is typical of many cities, only Seattle features art in the forest. As Michael Upchurch, writing for the Seattle Times, wrote, "(t)here's a hide-and-seek aspect to finding the artworks as you walk the park trails, and one side effect is that you wind up looking at natural phenomena with an 'aesthetic' eye." Like the two previous incarnations, this year's show is sure to "slow you down, draw you in and sharpen your eye." (Upchurch, Seattle Times)

For more information, downloadable maps, and images of the artwork, visit




Full Color Catalog from 2011 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Carkeek Park and Point Shilshole Beach in Seattle. Presented by Center on Contemporary Art, curated by David Francis, with essays by David Francis, Dan Smith, and Ray C. Freeman III. Featuring the work of 21 artists, includes original proposal sketches, drawings, renderings, mock-ups, etc.

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60 pages, 8.5 x 8.5, full color, soft cover, perfect bound
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