Art installation to highlight art, habitat in Bel-Red plan

Art and wildlife habitat – key features in Bellevue’s plan for transforming the Bel-Red area into a collection of mixed-use neighborhoods – will meet for a night in an art installation on an out-of-the-way pond.

On Friday, September 24, from 7-10 p.m., artist Tomiko Jones will use video projectors, audio recordings, white scrims and paper boats to help visitors envision the pond, in Bel-Red, off 124th Avenue Northeast, as a revitalized wetland and a verdant open public space.

Viewers will need to cross a gravel parking lot to reach the site, a branch of the West Tributary of Kelsey Creek. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes, and bring chairs if they want to stay a while.

A new Bel-Red subarea plan, approved by the City Council last year, established a vision for mixed-use neighborhoods served by light rail, featuring new streets, an arts district and parks and open space. Daylighting streams and restoring habitat are critical parts of the vision.

Jones’ installation, “Uncovering the West Tributary,” is funded by Bellevue’s Arts Program, through its Special Projects program. The installation, put on with help from the Utilities Department, was chosen as a seed project to encourage growth of an arts district in Bel-Red.

The site address is 1401 130th Ave. NE – the entrance on 124th Avenue Northeast near Northeast 14th Street. Keep alert for entrance signs and a project volunteer. The event is free.

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