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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

27 Aug

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Retha Hayward
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Retha owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center, operates the White Dove Gallery, teaches fused and stained glass and mosaics, is Artist in Residence for Empty Bowls, and serves on the Lakewood Arts Commission. She shares her passion for art with the community, promoting and showcasing local artists, and serving as adviser/instructor to many organizations. During your visit make glass holiday ornaments and small clay projects and select small gifts to purchase.

Susan Blais
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Susan Blais is primarily a painter working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.

Fumiko Kimura
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Fumiko Kimura earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Puget Sound in 1977 and continues to volunteer-teach, paint, and exhibit. Her major medium is Asian sumi brush painting and calligraphy, traditional watercolors and mixed media collages, abstracts, and absolute art. Her innovative and experimental works in a series of subjects are inspired by nature motifs using various found materials.

Diane Hansen, Metropolitan Glass, Inc
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Diane is a sculptor who has been working in glass for the past 24 years. She was part of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s training program entitled PA:ID, which trained studio artists to work in the Public Art field. Currently she is practicing as both a studio and public artist. She created a public art piece for Sound Transit in 2013 called “Lock-On Tacoma” which encourages visitors to attach padlocks and make a wish, mark an occasion, or profess a love.

Lois Yoshida
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Lois is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi art which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She continues to work in watercolor and explore mixed media, incorporating sumi (ink), watercolor, and handmade papers. The juxtaposition of shapes and colors, discovering what combinations appeal to her visually and emotionally, has been a wonderful adventure – a grand journey.

Henry Haneda
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Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his photography and designs. Henry uses medium format or 4×5 films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has been a world-renown rod and knife maker since 1980.

Mark Hoppmann
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Mark Hoppmann’s studio, like his work, is an invitation to those (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) with “satiable curtiosity”. In addition to his original work created with a variety of mediums including watercolor, India ink, and graphite, he often works in themes which are then digitally scanned from original renderings and assembled into handmade books created from a variety of materials including leather and wood.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

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Lock-On Tacoma!

15 Nov

TheLocksPlease join Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma for the dedication of Diane Hansen’s new public art piece, Lock-On Tacoma.

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 5 pm
Location: ‘A’ Street Passageway between S. 25th Street and 26th Street in Tacoma’s Dome District
Cost: Free and open to the public

Lock-On Tacoma (referred to as The Locks) is a site-specific sculpture by artist Diane Hansen that surrounds the support column for the Sound Transit commuter rail tracks overhead at the ‘A’ Street pedestrian passageway. The Locks is intended as an inclusive communal gathering space in the Dome District. It invites people to bring and leave a lock dedicated to love: love of a special someone, place or memory.

The artwork is part of Sound Transit’s D-M Street rail improvements project, which is part of the Sounder commuter rail Lakewood Extension. Hansen is one of five artists creating public art for the project. Enlarged padlock and skeleton key sculptures, painted in auto enamel candy colors, encircle the top portion of the rail support. Hansen worked with youth from Hilltop Artists to cast glass ornaments for The Locks.

The columns are wrapped in metal mesh to create a screen where visitors can attach their own love locks. Bring a lock to decorate, and attach it with a wish, to the interactive artwork.
About the Artist
Diane Hansen is a Tacoma sculptor and glass artist who works in many mediums and scales. Diane participated in the Public Art: In Depth training program with the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

29 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. And every studio will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Janet Marcavage

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Marcavage’s screenprints reference the topography of lines following the form of fabric. In this work she draws relationships between the process of weaving and the underlying construction of line-mapped imagery. She is interested in visual language throughout the history of printmaking, particularly where discreet visual units such as lines and dots are used to build imagery and create ocular effects.

Retha Hayward

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Retha owns and manages three studios at Manitou Art Center; operates White Dove Gallery; teaches fused and stained glass and mosaics; is Artist in Residence for Empty Bowls; and serves on the Lakewood Arts Commission. She shares her passion for art with the community, promotes and showcases local artists, and serves as adviser/instructor to many organizations.

Holly A. Senn

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Using discarded library books, Senn creates sculptures and installations in which she explores the life cycle of ideas – how they originate, get dispersed, and whether they are remembered or forgotten. Her work is informed by her ‘day job’ as a librarian. As she rips, aligns and glues, she reflects on each new generations’ erasure of some of the past and its casting of new ideas into the future.

Victoria Bjorklund

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Victoria Bjorklund is a photographic artist and creates work at her home studio in Tacoma. She is a graduate of the Fine Art Certificate program in Photography at Rockport College in Maine and a 2009 recipient of TAIP funding from the City of Tacoma. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Tacoma Art Museum and nationally in San Francisco, Portland, Colorado, and Minneapolis.

Natalie Oswald

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Natalie Oswald’s oil and acrylic paintings combine block printing with traditionally rendered oil techniques. She creates a fantastical world of pattern and decoration with repeated imagery and metallic surfaces. These printed backdrops act as a stage for her subject matter – flora, fauna, and botanicals of all sorts that inhabit the work. A personal cabinet of curiosities; these paintings are a record of the artist’s most visceral visual interactions.

Diane Hansen

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In 2004, after attending Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts, sculptor Diane Hansen moved to the Tacoma area for the arts community. Diane’s work is strongly influenced by the Rococo period, featuring heavily adorned and gilt pieces. She recently began working in the field of public art, and has integrated metal and automobile enamels with her glass work to create large-scale interactive work.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral

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Moss + Mineral is a botanical gallery where vegetation and jewelry make strange bedfellows. Artist and green thumb Lisa Kinoshita promises a humid experience in the heart of downtown, featuring the unusual curation that attracted visitors to her original gallery, Mineral.

Betty Sapp Ragan

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Betty Sapp Ragan completed an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with an emphasis on photography and printmaking and worked in the southeast as an art photographer before moving to Washington. From her hand-colored photo collages to her acrylic landscapes with digital outlines of the buildings at those sites, all of Betty’s work involves architectural imagery and questions why we build what we do where we do.

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Art at Work Month kickoff this Monday

25 Oct
What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

Come celebrate with us. You know you want to! Join the Tacoma Arts Commission in a free community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma’s 12th annual Art at Work Month.

Art at Work Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
Monday, October 28

6 – 8:30 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:

the BareFoot Collective will  be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

the BareFoot Collective will be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

music by Taxi Driver
molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College
contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective
urban arts by Fab-5
poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
films by Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan
museum displays and marine life touch tanks

You will even have the opportunity to contribute to Diane Hansen’s soon-to-be-installed public art piece, The Locks, by personalizing a padlock to hang on the installation. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide your sentimental love of Tacoma.

Enjoy appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar while experience the newly-renovated Foss Waterway Seaport including a new public art piece, Lot 411 by Bret Lyon.

Help us honor the 2013 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell will present the awards beginning at 7:15 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Dress warmly – we’ll be over the water and it’s fall.

The Art at Work Opening Party is sponsored by Foss Waterway Seaport and NW Stage. Art at Work Month is generously sponsored by Click! Cable TVThe Greater Tacoma Community FoundationKPLUPremier Media GroupTacoma Weekly, and Weekly Volcano.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

24 Sep

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Dorothy McCuistion

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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create a place where they merge. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

John McCuistion

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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Marit Berg

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Marit Berg has been a working artist in Tacoma for over 15 years. Her primary discipline is painting, working in both oil and water media. In addition, she is a printmaker. Most recently she has focused on small detailed etchings exploring the natural world. Marit teaches art at Tacoma Community College.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications

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Lynn Di Nino’s artwork is all over the map. She’s known for her expertise in specialized concrete yet she also loves working on the sewing machine, her most recent preoccupation. Her love of recycling coupled with her wearable art background results in coats anyone would love wearing every day of the week. Now that she’s lived in Tacoma for twelve years you could call her a permanent fixture.

Vanessa Vancuren, 6th Ave Photography Studios

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6th Ave Photography Studios is a 5,000 square foot facility from which photographer Vanessa Vancuren is working to launch her artistic career. Formerly the Sunset Theater, Ms. Vancuren is pleased to finally bring the arts back to the space after a four decade absence. 6th Ave Photo Studios supports local artists of all mediums, and works to foster an environment in which artists can gather, create, and showcase their works.

Tacoma City Ballet

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Tacoma City Ballet has been providing excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction and creating accessibility to the performing arts for 58 years. As a resident arts organization of the Broadway Center, Tacoma City Ballet presents an annual performance season including The Haunted Theatre, The Nutcracker, Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree, and Storybook Ballet Theatre Fairy Tale Tea Party and Traditional Performance.

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh, bellaballs, Inc.

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bellaballs are hand-blown glass floats individually made by artisans in Tacoma. Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh decided to take the simple glass float, with its powerful history, and elevate it to a level of great importance. Each bellaball is not only beautiful in its own right, but serves to remind both the giver and the receiver that living beautifully is a choice. Through weathering the storms of life, we each become more beautiful.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

12 Sep

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month. What is Art at Work Month? It’s the entire month of November chock-full of hundreds of arts and cultural activities for you to participate in. Art at Work Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community and we want you to be a part of it.

One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 55 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com at the beginning of October for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peak samples of art from each of the participating artists! Here is this week’s highlight:

John McCuistion
  

A recent invitational show with a botanical theme challenged John to take his work in a new direction. He decided to focus on flowers, hand-building and then raku firing them. The first, second, and third firings were total failures. The forms evolved and opened up and he added glaze chips to the wet clay and then glass chips. After three months of trial and error he discovered the joy of successful work.

Dorothy McCuistion
  
Sea shells have been a recurring image in Dorothy’s artwork for several years. Growing up in southern California, shells resonate with vivid memories of trips to the ocean, but in the book “Shell Games” their pristine world is changing. Will the shells and the creatures that live inside them survive or will human-created pollution, symbolized by increasing bits of plastic trash, overwhelm their environment and doom them to extinction?

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh: bellaballs
  
Bella Balls are hand-blown glass floats, individually made by artisans in the Pacific Northwest, the designs originating from Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh. Each Bella is made in the ancient tradition of Japanese fishing floats. These floats were used since the mid-1800s to hold up fishing nets cast in the Pacific Ocean, however, a special few floated off to world beaches, and we take this as proof that the ordinary can become an extraordinary treasure.

Pat Haase
  
Pat Haase started sculpting in 1994, carving directly into wood. Figure sculptures which convey a specific personality, mood, and setting delight Pat. Her awareness of posture and anatomy comes as much from teaching Yoga for 20 years as from her medical background. Currently, most of Pat’s sculpture is ceramic and includes many portraits. She also has cast works in bronze and kiln-cast glass sculpture.

Jessica Spring: Springtide Press
  
Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, where she designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. Jessica has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

Juan La Torre
  
Juan La Torre, a Peruvian fine artist, works with both figurative and abstract art while trying to explore new media and techniques that inspire others to create. Juan says, “To say something with art is very important. Tell a story with it. Your art can inspire the imagination of more than one, with that you can change reality for something even better…Art is a shared experience.”

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.

Walking the Walk on the Prairie Line Trail

13 Nov

On Saturday, glowering skies drenched the opening of Temporal Terminus: Marking the Line, an exhibit of temporary art installations sited along the Prairie Line Trail. The deluge did not scare off the large crowd who turned out for a guided tour of the art works starting at Tollefson Plaza, winding down to the Tacoma Art Museum and Thea Foss Waterway, continuing along the esplanade by the Museum of Glass, and back up to the University of Washington-Tacoma. Rain or no rain, it was a great opportunity to see how this half-mile, $5.83 million legacy trail – the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency – will link up Tacoma’s major cultural attractions.

The rain started on Friday as the eight teams of artists commissioned to create art for the pedestrian/bike trail project now underway began installing their works. It became an all-out battle of humans vs. nature as the weekend progressed. By the time the tour began on Saturday, well-wishers had girded themselves with umbrellas, raingear and high spirits to view the temporary installations along the trail. Here’s a glimpse of the eight new public art works on view through Nov. 26:

UW-T Campus
Title: Ghost Prairie
Artists: Thoughtbarn  (Lucy Begg & Robert Gay)

Thoughtbarn’s installation speaks to the railroad line’s namesake. Inspired by the mysterious Mima mounds in Thurston County, and the plight of the diminishing prairie, this installation introduces a piece of ‘artificial prairie’ along the rails running through the UW-T campus. It is a playful referral to both the railroad’s history and its new landscape-driven future as a bike and pedestrian path through the city. For its duration the colorful, intriguing object will catch the eye of local pedestrians and drivers. Those most curious can get up close to run their hands along the ‘grasses’, which also glow at night.


UW-T Pedestrian Bridge

Title: Envision
Artists: Jeremy Gregory, Diane Hansen, Ed Kroupa

Gigantic eyes look down on the campus from the pedestrian bridge. Are they benevolent? Visionary? Judging? That depends. The eyes are those of Abraham Lincoln, the visionary whose dream it was to complete a transcontinental rail that would meet the Pacific. Is he overlooking his accomplishment or wondering about this particular route’s demise and our crazy modern lives? Walking over the ped bridge, one experiences a different viewpoint and inspiration for the endurance of vision.


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Title: Manifest Destiny
Artists: Maria Meneses, Nicholas Nyland, Elise Richman

Manifest Destiny was a phrase that justified the territorial expansion of the United States as if it were a divine sanction. A series of markers reminiscent of the Northern Pacific Railroad signs act as a historical timeline of Tacoma, starting in 1870, three years before Tacoma was designated as the western terminus for the transcontinental railroad. A stepping stone begins the journey and the subsequent signs track the growing population of the city over 140 years at intervals that represent the largest jumps in population.

Dock Street Grassy Area
Title: Zero Down
Artists: Chris Jordan, Chandler O’Leary, Claudia Riedener

From a series of ‘footprints’ that occupy the grassy area, colorful shadows extend.  The images are rendered in temporary paint and continued in chalk, the forms span the grass and onto the concrete morphing into forms human and imagined.  Each brightly colored shadow represents the diversity and complexities of humans’ personalities. Seen here, a ghostly profile that will fade over time.

15th Street Overpass
Title: TACOMABALL
Artists: Kyle Dillehay, Lisa Kinoshita, Oliver Doriss

The curve of this overpass is the inspiration for TACOMABALL, a monumental, temporarily interactive pinball-style game which will come to life during the Prairie Line Trail tour. Gigantic red balls will be bowled down the curve interacting with various obstacles depicting both notorious and beloved local icons. Racing stripes and imagery reminiscent of the game will remain on the ramp (assuming nature cooperates) through the course of the exhibit making every pedestrian a player in the game.

Hood Street
Title: Rogue Rhizomes
Artists: Chris Sharp, Lance Kagey, James Sinding

This section of the Prairie Line Trail is a ragged remnant of an industrial heritage that has witnessed dynamic transformation all around, while remaining itself, virtually unchanged over the last 100 years. The fringes of this space are a competition between structured plantings and wildness trying to reinsert itself into the landscape. This installation explores the rogue elements of organic invasiveness, between city and wildness. Using brightly colored markers and a three-dimensional letterform the eye is drawn from a distance and evoke ideas of giant flora. Organic patterns around the base of each light pole emanate outwards over time making use of positive and negative space and ‘invade’ the surrounding area.

Photo: Holly Senn

Tollefson Plaza
Title: Link
Artists: Bret Lyon, Janet Marcavage, Holly Senn

Link makes visible the connection between the rail lines and highlights how the Prairie Line Trail linked Tacoma to the communities of Tenino, McIntosh, Wetico, Rainier, Yelm, Roy, Hillhurst, Lakeview, and South Tacoma. Floating yellow orbs, iconic of the yellow and black railroad signs will re-enact the stops along the line that connected with these communities.


Photo: Kristin Giordano

Under I-705
Title: Wild Wilderness
Artists:  Jennifer Adams, Kristin Giordano, Kenji Stoll

This work comments on the diminishing open spaces in our world and the impact on animal habitat.  In addition, it calls attention to the wild spaces that exist within our urban midst. Peeking from the interesting, dense vegetation near Tacoma Art Museum, a variety of animals that would be hard pressed to co-exist inhabit this newly created environment. Think: mega fauna.

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