On Sunday November 7th we held a public Eco Arts Celebration in Fremont along the Burke Gilman Trail. Funded through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the event featured art highlighting and interpreting the critical passage of salmon through the Fremont cut, and the recently-installed floating wetlands that are meant to support baby salmon on their migration journey. The University of Washington’s Green Futures Lab has designed, constructed and installed the floating wetlands at the Fremont Bridge and will be researching their effectiveness in replacing lost wetland habitat for migrating fish along urban shorelines, with support from the King County Waterworks program.
Event participants of all ages used artist-designed stencils to paint salmon swimming along the Burke-Gilman Trail between the Aurora and Fremont Bridges. The event hosted live examples of floating wetlands, information on King County’s Rainwise program, refreshments, and music from the UW’s Rainy Dawg Radio. Look for the floating wetlands, new signage, and painted salmon next time you’re out on the Burke. Stay posted for information on the second installation of painted salmon on the Burke Gilman Trail and future news and events!
signage along Burke Gilman trail
The Sweetgrass Arts project solicited and produced related graphic art and poetry from local artists:
- Julianne Paschkis
- Owen L. Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo)
Regina Celeste – wrote and performed poetry and a song
- Regina Celeste
- Tamela Laclair (Skokomish)