Kirkland to install public art piece

May 13, 2017 by  

The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, members of the city council, and Merrily Dicks (the artist who created the work ‘The Spikes’) are inviting everyone to an installation ceremony of her work.

This is the first public art to be installed along the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC). Like many communities, Kirkland is creating a trail where a railroad used to run. At present, the trail is about five miles long, but will eventually stretch for over 40 miles through the city.

In order to create the artwork, Dicks used railroad spikes community members had collected from the right-of-way after the rails were taken up to make way for the CKC. Dicks remembers waving at the trains from her grandmother’s home in Houghton, and says she used the spikes because she wanted to honor the history of the railroad.

The installation and celebration are set for May 12 at 5:00 pm, at the 85th Street underpass on the CKC. Access to the event can be found via the entrance to the CKC at Seventh Avenue/NE 87th Street. Those who attend the installation are encouraged to continue downtown to enjoy the Second Friday Downtown Kirkland Artwalk.

Events like these can benefit if organizers work with a brochure printing company, which can create illustrated booklets that feature photos of the work itself, and can also provide a biography of the artist.