SEATTLE – If you’ve been stuck in traffic in South Lake Union, you might have seen it. Over there, in the Northwest corner of the lakeside park, there has been a lot of wood piling up.
Dozens of branches piled high. “It looks like the beginning of the Blair Witch project,” said runner Mitch Martin of Seattle. It’s actually another type of project, with deep meaning.
According to artist Bryan Ohno, the branches now piled high are meant to form a 300-foot long sculpture, woven to create a “Spiral of Hope”. Ohno, who runs Urban Art Concept on Capitol Hill, pitched the city the idea as a way to raise awareness for the homeless population. He says families can spiral into a bad situation, but his work of art is meant to inspire hope.
The maze of maple branches form a peak around a living tree. The branches also carry extra weight. Ohno says they were rescued from the East Duwamish Greenbelt, along I-5, which is commonly referred to by locals as “The Jungle”. The area on Beacon Hill, has frequently been used by the homeless.
The artist says the branches were all downed during a recent storm, and recycled for use in the project. Ohno say volunteers have worked to build the labriynth of branches, and that the display should be done later this week. He says it will stand until June 17th.
Seattle Parks gave the “Spiral” it’s blessing to set up on South Lake Union. Ohno says the project was funded by a grant from the Gates Foundation.