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Escape Destinations at Urban Triangle Park

One
day the signs may say you are in Narnia but the next day Middle Earth, and then
in the days following Howl’s Castle, Co:pern:ica, and then Lilliput.  In
Seattle’s newest public art located at Urban Triangle Park, Escape Destinations
consists of two separate sculptures that employ a bus-blind device to
scroll through lighted names of fictional destinations from literature, games,
film and comics.  Each day, once a day, the location will change. 
The smaller, yellow sculpture facing into the park features 100 place names
taken from children’s literature and culture, and the larger blue sculpture
facing the intersection features 100 different place names taken from adult
literature and culture.

moving signs
Janet Zweig, Escape Destinations. Photo by Spike Mafford

The
artist, Janet Zweig, inspired by the changes happening in this neighborhood and
a nod the adjacent Amazon campus referencing its beginnings as a bookseller,
created the artwork in recognition of the changing identity of place.  In
contrast to a place having the same name and many identities; the artwork
renames the park every day. The changing names are meant to give the visitors a
feeling of escape or fantasy and the artist hopes inspire web searches and reading
discoveries.  The fictional places are places we might be quite familiar
with and we can visit in our minds, while a real place has many histories that
are invisible to us.

moving signs
Janet Zweig, Escape Destinations. Photo by Spike Mafford

Janet
Zweig is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public
realm. She was born in Milwaukee, raised in Chicago, and has lived and worked
in New York since 1994. Zweig received her BA from Cornell University and her
MFA from The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.

In
Zweig’s public artwork, she uses text, signage and mechanical and digital
devices as formal elements.  Frequently she incorporates several
strategies to bring the public into the work, including crowd-sourcing content,
making interactive, kinetic or changing pieces, and making work specific to a
situation. Her artwork attempts to speak to viewers as individuals rather than
thinking of a community as a static entity, She seeks to address the reality of
communities that are in change and motion and works to bring something new to a
situation, to allow each viewer to see something in his or her own way, and to
create engaging experiences. To learn more about her artwork, you can visit her
website http://janetzweig.com/.

Escape
Destinations is located in Urban Triangle Park is located at the
corner of Westlake and Lenora in Downtown Seattle.  If you spend your
lunch hour there, you will likely be transported to a new destination.

Fabrication
support provided to the artist by Transign, Alpha Proto, and Sign Effectz, Inc.

Commissioned with
Seattle Parks and Recreation 1% for Art