Ideas welcome for Civic Park public art project; meet with artist Aug. 11

Artist Clark Wiegman’s proposed design for the new shade structure at Civic Park, titled Cascadia, features two components: A “seawall,” which is a mythical representation of the Cascadia region, and a suspended “lifeboat,” which is an archetypal, cross-cultural symbol of human-powered water transportation. Both components include graphics, for which the artist seeks input from the community.

You’re invited to participate in the design process for public art at the new Civic Park, including a meeting with the artist from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

The Edmonds Art Commission notes that Clark Wiegman, the artist crafting the artwork, is looking for your ideas: “…images and sounds of native animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest that you see, hear, think about and/or love.”

The collected images and sounds will be used to create digitized silhouette portraits that will then be laid out as a collage mural/tapestry. The resulting artwork will be a vinyl graphic that wraps around the hull of the lifeboat.


Want to contribute? For gardeners and plant enthusiasts: Submit names or photos of flowers, ferns, grasses, shrubs, trees. For bird watchers and animal lovers: Submit names, photos and/or field recordings of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects. Your examples could be common and abundant, or scarce and endangered.

Share your examples in one of three ways:
1.  Meet with the artist on Thursday, Aug 11, 5-6 p.m., outside Edmonds Fire Station 17, 275 6th Ave. N. — across from the Civic Park site — to share your photos and images of your favorite local plants and animals. This is also a great opportunity to discuss the project and learn about the design process.
2.  Leave a comment on the Civic Park Public Art project blog. The blog features the artist’s thoughts, ideas and insight into his process.
3. Email lists and/or images of your favorite local plants and animals, plus any thoughts or questions you’d like to share with the artist. Email the artist at or the arts commission at

  1. LIFE BOAT: love the “whole idea” – especially all the “OARS” Absolutely unique!!!!!!
    Not so sure about the color of the “life boat”?????????? Needs to be more of
    a “natural/sea” color.

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