A New Apartment Building Will Bring Big Changes

 

 

The opening of a new mix-use apartment building at 1823 Eastlake Ave will set in motion some major improvements to the neighborhood’s housing, public art, and walkability. Centered at the three-way intersection of Eastlake, Yale, and Howe, the changes will include a refurbishment of the well-known Cornerstone art pieces, the introduction of a 30-foot tall sculpture, and a new public right of way (ROW) helping those on foot get to the waterfront.
The “Cornerstones” (pictured right/above) are a series of thirty-two, two-foot by two-foot pieces, embedded in the sidewalks along the Eastlake Ave corridor between Galer St and Fuhrman Ave. Created in 1997 by Stacy Levy, each is sandblasted stone depicting a different local organism found in or around Lake Union, as well as cast-glass pieces showing the cross streets.
In Levy’s own words, she wanted to use her work “to make natural processes and life forms visible and memorable.” The City’s Public Art Program (PAP) in conjunction with the project’s developers, Daly Partners, will be storing, protecting, and repairing two of the pieces during the construction period which is set to conclude in September. The remainder of the pieces will be refurbished solely through the PAP.
Another major change taking place will be the development of a public walkway extending Howe Street and helping to connect Capitol Hill and Eastlake to the waterfront. At the entrance of this new public ROW will sit REUNION (pictured right/below), a 30-foot tall steel sculpture created by local artist Mike Phifer.
Named partly because it overlooks Lake Union, where the Puget Sound and Lake Washington meet, and partly because the “leaning members of the sculpture grasping each other as you do in a reunion” (Phifer). Jim Daly, founder of Daly Partners said, “We want to show our appreciation to the community and the city by giving back what we believe is a wonderful sculpture”

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