Whidbey Island visual artist Melissa Koch will be unveiling a new temporary public art installation titled “WATER” at the Lake City Mini Park, located at 12359 Lake City Way NE in Seattle, on Thursday, June 23 at 12 noon. Funding for the public art project was provided by “Put Art In Parks,” a Seattle Park District initiative in conjunction with the City Of Seattle Office Of Arts and Culture.
The installation comprises seven panels reflecting the theme of the sacredness of water. This is a very important issue at this time, Koch said, when natural water resources are endangered on the planet. Members of the Haida and Tlingit tribes will be present to celebrate the inauguration of the installation with drumming and traditional songs at 12 noon.
Melissa Koch is a visual artist who has worked with native tribes and a Haida master canoe carver in Seattle for 14 years. She is currently working on a series of large scale art works and installations focused on the natural environment using her art to create a dialogue about the impact human habitation has on the Earth.