4th Avenue ‘Arts Corridor’ installation begins Monday


Iole Alessandrini "Luminous Forest"
Concept drawing of the interim installation that will add showcase to the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor. (Illustration courtesy of Iole Alessandrini)

In 2015, Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini was selected through the City of Edmonds Arts Commission public art process to create an interim art work for the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor, which stretches between Main and Daley streets. Installation of the interim art work will begin Monday, June 6.

Alessandrini’s concept for the 4th Avenue Interim Art Project, titled Luminous Forest, is intended “to enliven the corridor.” The project consists of solar LED light elements embedded in the roadway between Main and Daley. It is intended to visually connect the length of the corridor at night, creating a night-time environment not seen elsewhere in the region.

My Edmonds News has been following this project closely and reported its progress in this March 2015 story and the selection of Alessandrini’s concept for the project in this Arts Brief.

No Parking notifications will go up Friday, June 3, and will be in effect starting Monday, June 6. One lane of the street will remain open at all times while Alessandrini and her crew install the LED lights. The installation will start at the north end, finishing near Main Street toward the end of the week.

This unique corridor in downtown Edmonds is the major pedestrian connection between the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and the downtown retail center surrounding Main Street.

The 4th Avenue Interim Art Project is included in the city’s 2014 adopted Community Cultural Plan strategy that aims to advance the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor through short-term or interim projects. This interim step also contributes to the City Strategic Action Plan’s priority for creating an arts-enhanced walkable corridor connecting ECA and Main Street.

In 2014-15, the Edmonds Arts Commission convened a stakeholder advisory group including residents, property owners and businesses along the 4th Avenue corridor to develop a plan for interim art installations.

The project is funded by Edmonds Arts Commission Percent for Art funds and a matching donation by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

For more information, contact the City of Edmonds Arts Office, 425-771-0228.

— By Emily Hill

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