Mercer Island's robust public art collection is an important avenue for engaging the community with arts, culture, and creativity. The collection features more than 60 two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. Venture outdoors to be inspired by one of the many outdoor sculptures in the collection, or stop by a public building to take in a painting or small sculpture.
The Mercer Island Arts Council collaborates with artists, City staff, and the public to acquire high quality works that will enrich the lives of Islanders and preserve notable creative expression. Much of the collection has been acquired through the Mercer Island's "1% for Art in Public Places" fund, which is funding set aside from public construction projects, as well as through public donations.
New West Mercer Way Mural begins August 6, 2018
If you're on West Mercer Way this month, be on the lookout for local artist Rachel Holloway, who will bring new life to the area with a public art installation starting Monday, August 6. Holloway was selected in 2017 to design a mural for the retaining wall that faces I-90's on/off ramps at Exit 6. This project is one of many funded by the City's 1% for Public Art program.
Holloway has been a muralist, scenic artist, and production designer for the film industry for more than a decade. A fine artist by training, she has lived on the Island for several years, and her mural design, based on her own original painting titled Darwin's Dream, aims to reflect the "the little magical pockets of nature here on the Island."
The artist and her assistants will erect temporary scaffolding; to maintain their safety, the sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians and the adjacent curb lane will coned off during mural production, which will last through the end of the month.
Questions about this project? Contact Sarah Bluvas, the City's Arts & Culture Coordinator.
To engage with art on the Island, find Mercer Island Arts Council via the app and click on the "Stories" tab. View the more than 30 art stories any time, or use your app to scan an artwork's QR code when exploring the collection. We add new entries periodically, so check back soon for more information about your favorite works of art!
Public Art Committee
The Arts Council's Public Art Committee works with City staff, other boards and commissions, and the Arts Council at large to manage, showcase, and expand the City's Public Art Collection on behalf of the Mercer Island community. This process for site and artist selections aims to enhance the overall beauty, artistry, and creativity of the community's landscape.