Jewel like stamps and a concrete envelope, each cornerstone
shows living organism – one of the invisible neighbors.
Eastlake Avenue Seattle, Washington
Stone, glass, lithichrome paint
Thirty-two units, each unit 2 feet wide x 2 feet long
Supported by Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Public Utilities' 1% for the Arts Program,
Department of Neighborhoods, & the Eastlake neighborhood
Thirty-two units of stone inset with glass and designs of native microorganisms are fixed into the sidewalk at intersections along Eastlake Avenue. At each intersection, there is a brightly colored cornerstone inset into the sidewalks of Eastlake Avenue celebrate the native microorganisms that live in the nearby Lake Union and its shores.
Each stone is sandblasted with an image of microorganisms found in Lake Union, four blocks from Eastlake Avenue. Multicolored glass tiles bear the names of the cross streets and point northward. Working with zoologists from the University of Washington, the artist and scientist picked the species that were part of the water and soil ecosystems.
Designed to raise awareness of the different life forms in the area, aquatic microorganisms appear on the lakeside intersections, while terrestrial ones appear on the landside.
Cornerstones orients passersby to the variety of human-made and ecological systems through which they move and gives them a sense of their invisible neighbors.