Part of Beacon Hill will become a new temporary sculpture in Lake Union Park: “Spiral of Hope.” Thousands of tree branches from Dr. Jose Rizal Park and the greenbelt on the northwest side of Beacon Hill will be gathered and assembled by community volunteers to build the spiral, which will remain at Lake Union Park until June 17. The work is intended to give a diverse group of community members a chance to work together, as well as to stimulate thought and discussions about the issue of family homelessness.
Kiersten Throndsen of BHB news partner KOMO Communities recently posted about the project:
“Hope, opportunity, community – these are the words used to describe a new sculpture coming to Lake Union Park.
“‘We think art is an inspiring process,’ said Bryan Ohno, president of Urban Art Concept.
“Last fall, Ohno was approached by several students from Seattle University who shared a vision.
“‘They came to us and were wondering if we could use art as a tool to bring more awareness to family homelessness throughout the state of Washington,’ he said.
“Their idea sparked the ‘Spiral of Hope’ project.
“‘Usually someone is spiraling down, out of control but we are going to do the opposite, our spiral will soar up,’ said Ohno.”
Ohno worked with Beacon Hill resident Craig Thompson to organize the branch collection. Volunteers gathered branches at Rizal Park last weekend, but the project continues at the park this coming weekend as well (April 21-22). To join the volunteer project, sign up at the Facebook page, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Spiral Project Volunteer” in the subject line, or call 206-459-6857.
Volunteers are also needed to help build the sculpture on weekends starting on Friday, April 27 at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Avenue North. The sculpture opens with a reception on Friday, May 18.