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Let There Be Light - Opening Viewing Party

  • Expedia 645 Elliott Ave W #200 seattle, wa (map)
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The Friends of Art of Pier 86 would like to invite you to the Opening Viewing Party of the first video art exhibit of the Let There Be Light Program!

The Let There Be Light program features two, multi day exhibits of large scale projected video art onto the head house of the Pier 86 grain terminal during December of 2018.

With a canvas is 222ft tall and exhibits that will run for a total of 10 days, this program will be the largest and longest public video art exhibits to date in the Seattle area!

The First Exhibit will be exhibited nightly on the head house

Dec 7th - Dec 9th, 2018


The exhibits will be able to be viewed from Centennial Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, as well as part of Downtown, SODO, West Seattle, Queen Anne and from the water.

The Opening Viewing Party will be held at


645 Elliott Ave W #200, Seattle, WA 98119

A wall of windows face the exhibit site for optimal viewing!

The Viewing Party will include

Welcome by Ken Workman- Duwamish Tribal Member &
Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson of Chief Sealth (Seattle)

Acknowledgments/Opening speech by Chairperson Betty Winfield. 

Special Guests
City of Seattle, Sally Bagshaw, Seattle Council Person
Port of Seattle: Stephanie Bowman, Seattle Port Commissioner

Music by DJ J. Justice. 

Installation exhibits by SIGNALS artists
Free refreshments provided by Expedia


All Ages

Open to the public



Read more about the project and artists below


Pier 86 is a testimony to both land and sea; grains collected from the interior continent are then shipped to distant peoples. The symbolism of using Pier 86 roots Seattle’s connection to Elliot Bay, the ancestral home of the Native peoples, the cities original industrial development and more recently, tech and tourism commerce.

“Let There Be Light” will be a celebration of the Seattle waterfront, it’s history, it’s people, and it's light shining the way into the future.



Dec 7th-10th, 2018

Artists - SIGNALS

Nicolas Sassoon; Vancouver BC Canada

Rick Silva; Eugene, Oregon

"SIGNALS is a collaborative project by artists Nicolas Sassoon (Vancouver, BC) and Rick Silva (Eugene, OR) focusing on immersive audio-visual renderings of altered seascapes.

Rick Silva was born in 1977 in Brazil and lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is an Associate Professor of Art & Technology at the University of Oregon.

Nicolas Sassoon is an artist based in Vancouver BC Canada that makes use of early computer imaging techniques to render visions of architectures, landscapes and natural forces.

Sassoon and Silva share an ongoing theme in their individual practices; the depiction of wilderness and natural forms through computer imaging. Created by merging their respective fields of visual research, SIGNALS features oceanic panoramas inhabited by unnatural substances and enigmatic structures. The project draws from sources such as oceanographic surveys, climate studies and science-fiction to create 3D generated video works and installations that reflect on contamination, mutation and future ecologies.

For Let There Be Light, SIGNALS is presenting a series of five simulated seascapes projected at a monumental scale.

Each animation features an ocean view set at a different time of day, where the water surface has been infused with an artificial substance, both reminiscent of contamination (oil spills) and natural occurrences (bioluminescence). The animations operate as seamless loops, giving the impression of looking at an environment rather than a video work.

The project re-examines components of the landscape such as scale, immersiveness and duration to create an open-ended experience: evoking the presence and impact of the Pacific Ocean in Seattle and inviting the viewer to contemplate on their relationship with this natural setting that is so vital to the past, present and future of the Pacific Northwest .


The second exhibit will be Dec 14th-21st featuring the art from Hexagon Misfit aka Craig Winslow and Chris Rojas, with a closing exhibit viewing party on Dec 21st.

While the two exhibits will be working within the theme of the project, they will showcase and explore very different avenues of the art.

Many thanks to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks Foundation, Port of Seattle, Louis Dryfus Corp, and Expedia for the support on this amazing project!

Earlier Event: December 7
Let There Be Light Program