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Heaven & Earth VI: As Above, So Below

From July 12 - October 20, 2014, CoCA will present its sixth annual experimental outdoor art exhibition, Heaven & Earth VI, which will live and evolve in the urban forest of North Seattle’s beautiful Carkeek Park.

Sponsored by Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) and Seattle Parks and Recreation, this public art exhibition will offer visitors artistic interpretations of this year’s theme, As Above, So Below, displayed in three main outdoor galleries within the 200-acre park. By focusing the art in more public spaces, the exhibition addresses accessibility concerns for the less mobile and helps protect the art.

The works have been chosen by CoCA Curator and local artist, Thendara M. Kida-Gee, in consultation with Seattle Parks and Recreation, "We are delighted to facilitate this event with 16 inspired artists who will create a menagerie of site specific art in nature, from 15 foot tall knitted flowers by Suzanne Tidwell, to an intricate 10 foot skull crafted from materials found in the park by 3D printing artist Joshua Harker." This unique collaboration between the city and a contemporary arts organization has resulted in an innovative and exciting annual event built on the long-standing support for public art in the Northwest.

This year’s artists are:

Teresa Burrelsman-SternMary CossElisa Berry FonsecaJoshua HarkerMichael Todd HarrisonTerra HolcombTom HughesFred LisaiusSavina MasonLucy Mae MartinDeanna Pindell,  Kristin Schimik,Megan TreasureSusanne TidwellKen TurnerAllyce Wood

Installation Week: July 5 – July 11, 2014    Come witness the creation of live, site-specific outdoor art.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 2pm – 5pm    Tour the exhibit and meet the artists. Tour begins at the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 1000 Carkeek Park Road, Seattle WA 98177

Exhibition is open daily dawn till dusk July 12 through October 20.  Maps and information are available online: and at

Learn more about the participating artists and follow their journey at:

 This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.


Outdoor Public Art to See Now

These 10 alfresco artworks have either just been installed or are on their way out. Here’s what to marvel at before they’re gone.

Sky Feeder by Teresa Stern
Every year since 2009, Seattle art fans get the chance to wander through Carkeek Park to marvel at art that, fittingly, references nature: “eco-artworks,” the exhibition organizers call them. (The show, presented by the Center on Contemporary Art, is called “Heaven and Earth.”) One of this year’s standouts, installed earlier this summer, is Teresa Stern’s Sky Feeder: 238 round mirrors, mounted on dowels (like flowers on stems), facing the sky. The mirrors, arranged in concentric circles, step down toward the center of the formation, creating a sloping reflecting pool that, the artist says, “gathers in the sky.”

Earlier Event: May 15
2014 Annual Juried Exhibition
Later Event: August 21
CoCA Lab: Celeste Cooning