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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Artists' Barge Project Melds Nature and Maritime

Two Seattle artists have connected the past and the future in a public art installation called "The Living Barge Project." Native plants, including ferns, shrubs and tree seedlings, are installed on an industrial barge, which is moored in the Duwamish River. The river flows through Seattle's heavy industry area and port facilities. The type of barge used is seen frequently carrying gravel and other materials on Puget Sound. "We want to use this project to create a lasting, positive dialogue about the history and future of the Duwamish and the neighbors and businesses that surround it," say artists Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler of Seattle. "We also want to raise citywide awareness of the Duwamish and invite people to participate in its restoration." The barge will be moored through April on the Georgetown side of the Duwamish River between the 1st Ave. S. Bridge and the 16th Ave S (South Park) Bridge. For more information, visit the website or contact the artists via the website.

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