Periscope Tree

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2004
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Galvanized sheet steel, pattern cut and welded, 16'h x 8’w.

Fels used a story gathered by 4th graders for the first phase of the hillclimb construction. Long ago, neighborhood kids used to climb trees (now all cut down) to watch for people coming up the hill towards their fort. He created a ‘periscope tree’, installing it at the top of the path. A large metal sculpture, it has a working periscope within, which scans the streets below. The tree, the dig, and the plans for the hillclimb all grew from discussion – talks with residents, professionals and children.

Arts Up funded Fels to hang out in the neighborhood; the residency provided the ideas that he parlayed into action. The largest challenge was coordinating with the large number of people and institutions ultimately involved –but having them all take part in the project proved enormously synergetic. With more involvement, more opportunities presented themselves. In turn, and certainly not surprisingly, the project had a distinctly salubrious effect on the neighborhood itself.

Location

Courtland Hill Climb, 37th Ave S & Courtland Pl S
Seattle

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