The Draft Pier 86 Feasibility Report was presented to a good crowd at the Port of Seattle offices. In this first phase, the overarching questions were: is art possible at Pier 86, and if so, what is possible? The realm of the possible includes approaches to art, locations and criteria that will address concerns and generate support and funding.
Stephanie Bowman, Seattle Port Commissioner; Lisa Hebold, Seattle City Council; Jodi Itman and Alex Vekich from ILWU, Local 19; and Thatcher Bailey from Seattle Parks Foundation opened the meeting.
Barrie Mowatt and Ammar Mahimwalla from the Vancouver Biennale were keynote speakers, speaking about how the Biennale organizes public art exhibitions that brings sculptures, new media and performance works to Vancouver and its surrounding region. They gave an overview of their work in the public realm, and shared their experience working with international artists Os Gemeos on a working concrete plant in Granville Island.
After a presentation of the findings from the Feasibility Report, an open house format offered audience members the opportunity to share their thoughts and consider the questions facing the project moving forward.