The new Seattle Convention Center Summit building, which opened to the public in late January 2023 after four plus years of construction, features three large-scale, interior/exterior installations from our talented artist friend, Robert Hardgrave. Neighboring Robert’s pieces are works by local artists Satpreet Kahlon, Ulises Mariscal, and Maki Tamura.
Here is a Crosscut article by Margo Vansynghel on the Summit’s art projects and process, and the resulting, permanent art installations from local and indigenous artists. “As part of the overarching plan to imbue the building with a strong sense of place, a large percentage of the art is made by Indigenous artists and engages with the history of the land the building sits on,” said Cath Brunner, the Convention Center’s art consultant.
The installations of Robert’s work were reproductions of three original pieces, which the gallery had on display during his September 2022 solo exhibition (images below). The pieces reference areas surrounding the new Summit building, including the Paramount Theater, original CWS Convention Center, and the Washington Park Arboretum. High-res images were used to enlarge and then print the art with enamel on steel panels, and it was thrilling seeing the resulting works with Robert during the Summit’s January Open House.