Artist Liz Tran creates new On the Fence temporary public art installation

“Afloat,” by Seattle artist Liz Tran

The Edmonds Arts Commission’s newest On the Fence temporary art exhibit, installed on the City fence just south of Art Works at 2nd and Dayton, “Afloat,” by Seattle artist Liz Tran, features brightly painted fishing floats. Tying into Puget Sound’s maritime history, while referencing the current issue of rising sea levels, “Afloat” utilizes re-purposed fishing floats and buoys to inject an otherwise grey space with color and energy.

Tran is a graduate in Print Art and Painting from Cornish College of the Arts. She exhibits both nationally and internationally.

Channeling dream imagery, imagined landscapes, geodes, outer space and The Big Bang, Tran’s work explores the shapes of nature and the psychedelic colors of her imagination. Created as a form of therapy during Seattle’s long grey winters, she creates an atmosphere that is brighter, more playful, more colorful and more amiable than the world in which we exist.

Public collections of Tran’s work include the City of Seattle’s Portable Works Collection, Baer Art Center, Camac Art Centre, El Paso Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, King County Public Art Collection and The Child Center. She has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants.

“I create art to foster feelings of hope, optimism and joy, which resonates with those who see my work in public places. The On the Fence project is a perfect opportunity to present a positive ‘interruption’ into a person’s day,” says Tran.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission created On the Fence to encourage a visual conversation through temporary artworks on the chain link fence located at the south end of the parking lot. The fence provides the base for a strong visual statement to people walking along Dayton Street, passing cars, and visitors to the arts facilities at the site. For more information about On the Fence and the application process visit

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