November 20, 2012
Dan Webb Sculptures Mark Sealth Trail
: Courtesy of the artist.
New landmark for the Chief Sealth Trail: dual Dan Webb [AR ’91] sculptures, Cloud Rider, commissioned by the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Cornish alum Dan Webb, graduated 1991, has a new and unusual venue for his work: the Chief Sealth Trail. His Cloud Rider, two sculptures commissioned by the Seattle Department of Transportation for the city’s “1% for Art” program, will be cheering on bicyclists and joggers along the Beacon Hill trail. The two parts of the work, placed on either side of the Chief Sealth, provides a splashy gateway for the multi-purpose trail where it crosses Beacon Avenue South and South Dawson Street. Cloud Rider consists of two poles topped by clouds bearing bicycle riders. Each of the riders wears gold-leafed wings. The Seattle city site reports that “The blue female rides a step-through, commuter-style bike and the pink male rides a mountain bike with flat handlebars.”
Webb states on the city site that, “The two bicycle riders represented in this piece ride among the clouds, as all do who ride in Seattle. At the base of each column is the symbol of the Duwamish people, ‘The People of the Inside,’ living between the Cascades and the Olympics. As we ride these paths, we remember them, the first and future riders of these hills.”
The Duwamish symbol is a reference, of course, to Chief Sealth (Si’ahl), who led the tribe from 1784 – 1866, and for whom the City of Seattle is named.
Dan Webb recently had a show at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, called Destroyer, which closed September 29. Webb, who has work in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum, sculpts largely in wood. His imagery is often funny, often brooding, and always transcendant. Brangien Davis of Seattle Magazine writes: “His sense of humor is palpable in much of the work, though it’s also tinged with darkness and the feeling that death is lurking just around the corner.” See more of Webb’s work.
According to the city site, “The Chief Sealth Trail provides new connections to the future Mountains-to-Sound Greenway trail extension on Beacon Hill and Sound Transit light rail stations along Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The new trail is one of five regional trails that cross the city, connecting to schools, businesses, and residents while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Future trail extensions (not yet funded) include a connection to downtown Seattle and to the City limits in the south.”
Like all public outdoor art, Cloud Rider can be viewed by anyone, anytime.
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