Visualize the new light art that will go on the grain silo. This will be exciting!
July 7, 2017
Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86) is ready for the first installation on the Grain Terminal, except for the highly technical projector. We need 20,000 to 30,000 lumens due to the ambient light and throw space. Please consider donating to our fund today.
January 2017 UPDATES
“A Projector, a Projector! My Kingdom for a projector!”
FAP86 seeks a 12,000 lumens LED projector, either by loan or donation or by funds for the $20,000 cost. This specific LED projector must have wireless upload of image & remote control for the first illuminated art installation on the Pier 86 grain terminal and silos.
The initial artist, Nicole Kistler, has a King County 4Culture $10,000 grant as seed money for the Pier 86 project, which will cost three times as much. Individual donors and Local 19, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, raised almost $5,000 additional funds. Thus, the projector is all that is needed.
Kistler, whose “Illuminated Ghosts," was the luminaire art on the Lafarge silos that represented the 300 foot cedars once surrounding Elliott Bay. For Pier 86 she plans an additional "Illuminated Ghosts" version of the mammoth firs that once sustained native peoples prior to the Euro-Americans’ arrival.
Luminaire art was found to be the most feasible medium for the Pier 86 working facility after a 2016 feasibility study funded by a Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods 2016 grant and now found on FAP86’s website and facebook page. The prominent site is seen by much of Seattle.
FAP86’s overall goal is to present curated, rotating illumination plan and set up rotating illuminate projects to highlight Seattle’s working waterfront: past, present and future. The first installation on Pier 86 highlights the past of the original Elliott Bay area.
FAP86 has the endorsement of the Seattle Art Museum and the partnership of the Seattle Parks Foundation and the Port of Seattle.
We’ve added these Seattle Artists and Community Advisory Members:
Addie Dunlap: Seattle Central Area Photographer & Activist
Nathan Germain: Steinbrueck Native Galley Curator
Yoko Mureo : Capitol Hill Artist & Choreographer
Ernie Thomas : Seward Park area Artist
Daniel Winterbottom : UW Professor of Landscape Architecture
Artist Nicole Kistler just received a King County 4Culture $10,000. grant for the 2017 first luminaire installation on the Pier 86 site. Kistler's previous"Illuminated Ghosts," represented the 300 foot cedars that once ringed Eilliott Bay and the Duwamish River, and was shown on the Lafarge Silos as part of the 2015 Duwamish Revealed Project. In 2016 her "Outburst, Pike Street Hillclimb" is part of the Pike Street Hillclimb, as part of the Seattle Waterfront art.
Outburst, Pike Street Hillclimb
Nicole Kistler unleashed a sleeping goddess and transformed the west side of the elevator tower of Pike Street Hillclimb. The artwork portrayed the arms of a once-sleeping goddess emerging from an abundance of vines and growth, reaching to the sky and stars.
Save the date: #GivingTuesday 2016 is November 29th. Help bring illumination art to Seattle’s waterfront by giving to Friends of Art on Pier 86. It’s easy. Give online at:
Our goal for Giving Tuesday is $10,000. With your contribution and grants, we hope to bring local artist Nicole Kistler’s “Trees” to the waterfront early in 2017.
Jane Savard overseeing recent September event: Belltown Community Table of FAP86
With a newly completed feasibility study we are now focusing on fundraising to install luminaire art on the Pier 86 grain elevator and silo structures.
To fulfill the theme of "Seattle's Waterfront Heritage: Past, Present, Future," the initial objective is to place Nicole Kistler's "Illuminated Ghosts" on the south terminal wall during the winter of 2017.
This projected art, depicting the forested Seattle area before settlement, will demonstrate the power of illumination art and will offer the community a chance to respond to this light art.
If the public response is positive, the follow-up plan is to partner with Seattle institutions and create a five-year curated, rotating episodic illuminated art installation on the North, South and Western seaward faces of the Pier 86 structures.
This proposal would honor the site's past and current working industrial site, highlight Seattle's new Elliott Bay waterfront improvements, build community with a notable icon, and revel in Seattle's rich diverse bay and shoreline area.
To help with the expenses of a projector, the artist and technician, please donate to our FAP86 501(c)(3) link with the Seattle Parks Foundation.
The results of the feasibility study are in and now available for you to view.
Thank you to everyone who attended last night's presentation and provided feedback on the project. Stay tuned to the website for future updates.
FRIENDS OF Art on Pier 86
DRAFT FEASIBILITY Findings
· Public Art is possible on the Pier 86 Grain Elevator & Silos
· Work could be done without interference with Pier 86 operations & security
What art is possible
· Paint, Banners, Lights, Video Loops, Stencil Art & even Reverse Graffiti
· Temporary or permanent installations; large scale or small adjacent to path
· Not practical nor suitable: Plant growth or plant sculptures on the silos
· Recommendation preference: “Celebrate Seattle’s Waterfront Heritage”
· Upon approval of the Port of Seattle and sufficient funds available
· Installation would occur during the slowest time of the year for the operator, June-September, which coincides with the best weather for outdoor work
· Silos, any or all sides, & grain elevator
· It would be difficult to put art on the chutes & conveyor belt over the water
· Easiest side would be on the waterfront side
· Range: $126,000 to $3.1 million on other silo sites
· Encompass finalist awards, artist fees, travel, accommodation, administrative costs, materials, insurance, installation, curation, maintenance
· Range depends upon number of structures & type of art
· Maintenance & curatorial fees will depend on art type selected
· Private fundraising, local & national philanthropists & businesses
· Public: Grants & Competitions
· Steering Committee: Representatives from neighboring community councils & alliance, unions, businesses
· Letters of support from neighboring groups for a Feasibility Study
· Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small & Simple Grant Award
· Community survey shows over 60 % favor public art on site
· Continual communication via two all community meetings & monthly updates to community groups
· With approval of the final Feasibility Study, the Port of Seattle will decide whether and how to move forward.
· They might keep the FAP86 Steering Committee or assemble a new cross-functional community/stakeholder committee to oversee a selected project manager to finalize a theme, issue a Call for Artists and raise funds.
Please join us on January 20th from 7-9pm to learn more about the project and hear an updated presentation of the Feasibility Study Draft Report.
Keynote Speaker: Barrie Mowatt, Founder/President of Vancouver Biennale
January 20, 2016
7 - 9 p.m.
Port of Seattle, Pier 69
Commissioners' Meeting Room
On September 29 Seattle residents will have a chance to learn about the on-going DON feasibility study on art on the grain elevator & silos soon.
To be held at SAM 's Sculpture Park Pavilion (corner of Broad & Western), 7 p.m., the meeting will have consultant Lesley Bain, Framework, and others discuss the feasibility findings thus far and garner neighborhood feedback.
Also attending will be the local politicians, such as State Rep. Reuven Carlyle and others, as well as port officials.
FAP86 (Friends of Art on Pier 86) will have refreshments available and discounted parking has been provided onsite by Republic Parking for $3.00.
We sadly report that after battling leukemia John Coney, long-time community activist and FAP 86 Steering Committee member, died on August 7. We will greatly miss John, one of the originators of the Uptown Alliance, the prime pusher for the Thomas Street Overpass into Myrtle Edwards Park, and numerous other Queen Anne endeavors.
We will be sharing information on the project at the following upcoming Farmer's Markets:
Magnolia at the shopping center on McGraw Street
Saturdays July 4, July 18 and August 8 (10 a.m. -2 p.m.)
Queen Anne on West Crockett Street & Queen Anne Ave.N.
Thursday July 23 (3:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
A team headed by Framework Cultural Placemaking has been selected to undertake the feasibility study. In addition to Framework led by Lesley Bain), the other members of the consulting team are Velocity Made Good (Perri Lynch Howard), Grid Engineering (Paul Diedrich) and Johnson Architecture and Planning (Steve Johnson). This team was selected because of their deep experience with public art projects, knowledge of the waterfront location and the adjacent businesses and property owners, and excellent contacts in the community that will help them "Hit the ground running."
We have reached the deadline of our RFQ process and will begin interviewing candidates for the feasibility study in the coming weeks. Thank you to all that applied.