On Monday, March 31, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will begin installation of “Echo,” a 46-foot sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. This work will require a two month closure of a small section of the bike trail in the Olympic Sculpture Park. SAM is providing an alternative route that will require bikers to walk their bicycles for a short distance on the pedestrian path along the seawall. The pedestrian sidewalk will remain open. The installation is estimated to be completed at the end of May 2014.
Echo was donated to the Seattle Art Museum from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth. It was originally commissioned by the Madison Park Association in New York and installed at Madison Square Park in 2011 to great acclaim. It is made from resin, steel and coated in marble dust. Plensa is an internationally celebrated sculptor working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Tokyo, Toronto and New York.
Seattle Parks is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and SAM to ensure the message is widely circulated to the biking community. For additional information on the art installation or the bike detour route please visit the Olympic Sculpture Park website or contact Cara Egan, Seattle Art Museum P.R., 206-748-9285 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy Malloy, Seattle Art Museum P.R., 206- 654-3151/ email@example.com.
Contact: Karen O’Connor, 206-684-7241