The Fremocentrist.com Art Inventory

Fremont Public Art Inventory Photo Index, Part I

by Kirby Lindsay, posted 26 May 2014

 

For four years, Fremocentrist.com has been conducting an inventory of the public art of Fremont.  This month, the inventory reached the ninth installment, and giving details on 41 art pieces.

For those who want a quicker, visual perusal of the art, Fremocentrist.com now offers a photo index of pieces inventoried in the first five installments, with links to them.

The photos are listed in alphabetical order by the name of each installation, as best known:

The 46th St Mural, Jun '12

A section of the 46th St Mural, Jun ’12

The 46th Street Mural

Deliberately planned by a group of concerned community members, this mural also gets regular maintenance funded by money set aside from the original grant, and from annual community cleanups.

See more in Inventory Part V

The Aurora Bridge Mural

Aurora Bridge Mural, May '12

A section of the Aurora Bridge Mural, May ’12

This huge, panoramic mural covers a retaining wall along the north side of the Aurora Avenue underpass.  While considered temporary by some, including the artist, the neighborhood has taken the piece to heart, fought for its continued presence and maintained it with community painting parties.

See more in Inventory Part V

The Blue Plate Special

The Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special

Located on the second floor of the Epi Building, this piece is rarely noticed.  It is one of the pieces around Fremont created by local glass artist Rodman Miller.

See more in Inventory Part II

Bogart & Bergman

Bogart & Bergman, Sep '10

Bogart & Bergman, Sep ’10

From the first installment of the inventory, ‘Bogart & Bergman’ were created for the 2005 Fremont Outdoor Movie season by Scott Jonas of Fremont Studios.

See more in Inventory Part I

The Bug

An untitled piece, in Sep '13

An untitled piece, in Sep ’13

From the first installment of the inventory, ‘The Bug’ continues to have no firm installation date (although 2006 is the standing guess,) and no artist name.  This piece is an example of an ‘art attack’ – art installed anonymously and without process or permit.

See more in Inventory Part I

The Dinos

The Dinosaur topiaries  Photo by Adrian Laney, May '14

The Dinosaur topiaries Photo by Adrian Laney, May ’14

The mama and baby dinosaur topiaries came to Fremont in 1999 after their original installation at the Pacific Science Center.  The identity of the artist who created the wire frames remains unknown.

See more in Inventory Part I (and in the ‘More Advice From ‘The People Waiting…’ column.)

Evanston Avenue Plaza

A piece in the Evanston Plaza, in Sep '13

A piece in the Evanston Plaza, in Sep ’13

This installation often gets overlooked, and it took quite a bit of planning and work – by artist Carolyn Law, and the planners and contractors for the development project around the Plaza.  According to recent comments by Fremont artist Barbara Luecke, the steps that lead down to the Lake Washington Ship Canal took serious effort to mold and pour to create the elaborate scalloped edges.

See more in Inventory Part I

The Fish Totem (with the new art installation Saturn in the background,) in Oct '13

The Fish Totem (with the new art installation Saturn in the background,) in Oct ’13

Fish Totem

This odd, vertical art work was created by local artist and landlord Mike Peck, who tucked it into a back corner of one of the properties he owns.

See more in Inventory Part III

The Fremont Mural

The Fremont Mural, in Nov '09

The Fremont Mural, in Nov ’09

This mural by artist unknown and installed at an unknown date continues to shrink.  Due to the hideous work of vandals, the bottom portion of the mural has had to be painted out, to cover the graffiti, until the most recent ‘repair’ took off the very bottom of the letters of ‘Fremont.’

See more in Inventory Part V and the column ‘Brian Regan’s Contributions To Fremont’s Public Art.’

Two piece in the Gods Of Fremont installation, in Oct '13

Two piece in the Gods Of Fremont installation, in Oct ’13

Gods Of Fremont

This art installation consists of six pieces, hung on the alley side of the Epi Building.  Completed in 2004 and created by Alexei Kazantsev, the pieces can be seen most easily in the winter/spring before ivy on the building obscures the view.

See more in Inventory Part II

[The Fremont] Guidepost

The Fremont Guidepost, in Nov '09

The Fremont Guidepost, in Nov ’09

This much loved, iconic art work has become a symbol of Fremont, with both the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Neighborhood Council taking it as part of their logo.

See more in Inventory Part IV

Lenin Statue

This statue came to Fremont in 1995, and has generated all kinds of conversations, discussions and debate – and even some boycotts.  Unfortunately, the bronze sculpture has also suffered vandalism.

The Lenin Statue, decorated by Brian Regan & Mike Peck in 2007

The Lenin Statue, decorated by Brian Regan & Mike Peck in 2007

Shortly after its original installation someone threw eggs on the dictator’s chest, which has left a white patch on the metal.  More recently someone has taken to painting, and repainting, the outstretched hand of the tyrant red, permanently damaging the sculpture – which may be the point.

See more in Inventory Part IV

Mended Boulders

Mended Boulders, in Mar '11

Mended Boulders, in Mar ’11

This art piece, created by John Hoge, became the first public fountain in Fremont.  The second, at Fremont Coffee Company, is also made of Hoge’s rocks.

See more in Inventory Part IV, and the column ‘John Hoge Is A Genuine Fremont Artist’

Monsuang

Monsuang, in Jan '11

Monsuang, in Jan ’11

This art piece is the visual center to the Epi Building development, and one of the most visible installations of Fremont since its arrival in 2004.  What many people often miss are the variety of smaller details the artist, Mark A. Stevens, also installed around the central part of Monsuang.

See more in Inventory Part II

PCC Art

Art pieces at PCC Fremont, in Dec '10

Art pieces at PCC Fremont, in Dec ’10

When the PCC Fremont grocery store opened in the Epi Building in 2004, it already had a few art pieces to install – ones collected at its previous location down the street at 701 N 34th St – and added others inside and outside the store.

See more in Inventory Part II

Peet’s Railing

A section of Peet's Railing, in Dec '10

A section of Peet’s Railing, in Dec ’10

This art piece is one of the installations in the Epi Building development, and may be ready for a name change.  The artists named this after the business that the railing wrapped around, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which left Fremont in 2013.

See more in Inventory Part II

[The Fremont] Rocket

The Fremont Rocket.  Photo by John Hoge, in 1994

The Fremont Rocket. Photo by John Hoge, in 1994

The Fremont Rocket has become central to community discussions on how to fund maintenance of public art around the neighborhood.  This piece, installed in 1994, has been showing wear and tear, and needs a paint job.

See more in Inventory Part III

Reynard The Fox

The former 'Reynard The Fox' mural, in Mar '12

The former ‘Reynard The Fox’ mural, in Mar ’12

This piece existed when featured in the first inventory, but was painted out in 2012.  Based on drawings by Rich Beyer, the piece was sand-blasted on to the wall and was painted by Quinton Lickliter in 1984.

See more in Inventory Part I

Sidewalk Art Project

A section of the Sidewalk Art Project, in Jan '11

A section of the Sidewalk Art Project, in Jan ’11

This decoration installation was led by Jessica Randall, but designed by students at B.F. Day Elementary School.  Due to City regulations, Randall still pays a permit fee for the art work to remain in what the City considers public-right-of-way.

See more in Inventory Part III

SPACE In Fremont

The SPACE Project, in 2007, photo provided by Jessica Randall

The SPACE Project, in 2007, photo provided by Jessica Randall

Installed in 2007, project manager Jessica Randall has taken personal responsibility for maintenance of this installation.  In 2012, she led the effort to do maintenance on this complex collection of art pieces, doing sidewalk painting, light repair, post painting, etc.

See more in Inventory Part III

Still Life In Fremont mural

The Still Life In Fremont mural, in Aug '11

The Still Life In Fremont mural, in Aug ’11

This piece was most likely commissioned by the owners of the Still Life In Fremont coffee shop, formerly located in the restaurant site nearest the mural.  The signature on the piece – Parris – and the date – 1994 – are the only other clues to its origins.

See more in Inventory Part V

Witch’s Boots/Afternoon Whimsy

This installation, from 1979, may have been the first ‘art attack’ in Fremont.  Created by local artists John Hoge and Rich Beyer from items discarded around their studios, this is another of Fremont’s public art pieces in need of maintenance – and funding to get the work done.

The Witch's Boots, in Jun '13

The Witch’s Boots, in Jun ’13

See more in Inventory Part IV

Fremont has more than 60 pieces of public art, at most recent count, with more pieces being added to the collection each year.  For more information on Fremont’s art, stay tuned here – and check the related articles list below for those already completed.

 

 


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