|Garfield Park Conservatory Mosaics
Title: Garfield Park Conservatory Mosaics
In 2001, Michael Cloud and Salim Hurtado led 14 west-side youths in the creation of artworks depicting park-related recreational activities. In the six-week program, students learned the basics of mosaic work, developed concepts for images, completed designs, and then created the mosaics. Panels were installed around the foundation of one of the station’s two elevator towers, while six smaller individual mosaics were set in the bases of the pylons supporting the tracks and station.
In 2002 and 2003, Carolyn Elaine and assistant Ingrid Swenson led 11 west-side teens on The Chihuly Remix, mosaics whose imagery was inspired by the conservatory’s flora as well as the Tacoma-based artist’s glass pieces. The team adorned the other elevator foundation with 40 square feet of mosaic, and added 12 more panels to the post bases.
“The guys were reluctant to do flowers, but once they got into the technical part of it, they did some of the very best ones,” says Elaine. “When they started taking part in something that’s going to be in their community for years and years, the kids got real puffed up about it and started taking ownership.”