Throne Room & Bella Figura

Throne Room & Bella Figura
Throne Room & Bella Figura 2016-10-17T09:49:30+00:00

Project Description

The Throne Room & Bella Figura, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Commissioned for King County Public Art Collection, Managed by 4Culture.

A kinetic sculpture and pedestrian plaza that affords hospital patients and visitors one of Seattle’s best views of Puget Sound. Painted steel, aluminum, terrazzo, milestone, wood, plant material.

The artist participated as a member of the Design-Build Team for the Harborview Medical Center View Park II. She created a wind-activated sculpture and designed the seating area as part of the plaza. In addition, she influenced the design of the elevator building, railings, window grills, and the ambulance drive entry gates.

The 23′ tall sculpture, Bella Figura, activates the entry area of the hospital and beckons viewers to contemplate its motion, direction and shifting visual presentation. The sculpture’s verticality relates to the human form, its curves suggesting femininity. Inspired by the neo-art deco architecture of the building, the sculpture seems like a very large moveable brooch, hatpin or stickpin.  This sculpture complements the artist’s design of the plaza seating area, titled The Throne Room.

 The Throne Room was created in collaboration with landscape architect Barbara Swift. It affords hospital patients and visitors one of the city’s best views of Puget Sound. Inspired in part by “Alice in Wonderland,” the oversized and throne-like seat backs are playful and buoyant, creating a sensation of being transported to an imaginary realm. 2002

Throne Room, Harborview VPII
Throne Room (detail), Harborview Medical Center Viewpark II