Filed under ‘random’ this sculpture was spotted the previous weekend along the waterfront just north of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. A pile of vegetated ‘cans’ with the word ‘Purge’ punched into them – alas a web search has yielded little in terms of info beyond this. Anyone have any info?
UPDATE (02/12/14): Buster Simpson emailed with this information describing the background on the Purge Sculpture!
“The galvanized steel barrels or oil drums are the work of Buster Simpson, The work is part of an ongoing community streetscape project, Growing Vine Street. The barrels are placed on both sides of Vine Street and serve as a entry marker, threshold or gateway as one enters Vine Street from the Alaskan Way waterfront and connects a community garden, Cistern Steps and Beckoning Cistern.
The barrels are strapped to galvanized steel pallets implying product in transit and a reference to the Seattle working waterfront. The planters are sited adjacent the historic location of the American Can Company and next to the RR tracks where now shipping containers roll by. PURGE is pierced into the base of the barrels, and allow excess water to drain, perhaps purged by plants and the limestone within neutralizing the acid rain.
These barrels were originally shown at the Capp Street Project, in 1993 at an alternative art space, in San Francisco as part of a urban watershed reclamation installation.”
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