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Outdoor sculpture exhibit opens at Carkeek Park Saturday

The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of outdoor sculptures, from the Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle to Western Washington University’s world-renowned outdoor sculpture collection in Bellingham.
On Saturday, Carkeek Park, just north of Greenwood, will open a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibit titled “Heaven and Earth,” designed to provoke discussion about “the natural world in a time of dramatic change.”
Seattle Parks and Recreation collaborated with the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council for the three-month long exhibit. Last year’s temporary exhibit at the park garnered plenty of praise.
This year’s exhibition features about 20 works by 12 artists, scattered throughout the park. Organizers estimate a walking tour of all the sculptures takes about an hour. You can download a map from CoCA’s website beginning Saturday.

Some of the art is designed to weather in place and erode, while other work incorporates movement and interactive use by visitors. To see last year’s exhibit, please see www.heavenandearthexhibition.org.

There’s an opening reception from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. The artists participating in “Heaven and Earth” are: Big Camera Group, Barbara DePirro, Miguel Edwards, Julie Fisco, Anette Lusher, Ingrid Lahti, Julie Lindell, Piper O’Neill, Eden Rivers, Sylwia Tur, Ken Turner, and Johnny Wooten.