When Scott Redman, CEO of Sellen Construction, was in the process of developing his first building, of the many the company has built, he wanted the arts to play an integral role. In an interview with The Seattle Times, he said “I’m a big arts fan and supporter – visual arts, music – and was thinking about how to use the building, lobby, even the garage as a bit of a resource to present art to the community.”
However, the centerpiece of the art rests (or should we say “hangs”) on the exterior of the twelve-story building. Suspending from aircraft cables is an eight-story Shepard Fairey piece. The artist, most known for his OBEY line and the Obama HOPE posters, he stated in a tweet “[the] art recently installed at 9th and Thomas in Seattle touches on human rights and environmental issues.” Proceeds from the piece, which is a commentary on the current state, will be donated from Fairey to the ACLU.
Shepard Fairey is a member of Americans for the Arts Artist Committee.
4Culture was honored in the 2018 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review.
Photo: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times