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Brightwater Center: the Education & Community Center and Park at the Brightwater Clean-water Treatment Facility

Experience art

Water and Ecology: Artists tell the story of Brightwater

“Artists participating in the Brightwater project are challenged to create works that ingeniously expose the working processes of the system and engage the public in inquiry and discovery.”

Photo credits: ©Ellen Sollod, 2011, Collection & Transformation, detail
Photo credits: ©Ellen Sollod, 2011, Collection & Transformation, detail

Artists Jann Rosen-Queralt, Buster Simpson and Ellen Sollod joined the design team as planning artists early on in the design process. The Art Plan (external link) for Brightwater was completed in 2003, identified thematic zones for integrated artwork and served as a guide in building the art program.

  • Environmental Education Community Center, Community
    The EECC is a gathering place, laboratory and education center. The artwork in this zone speaks to the microbial processes that occur in wastewater treatment, scientific exploration, and our role in the lifecycle of water.

    • Ellen Sollod, It’s All About The Water and Collection & Transformation
    • Cris Bruch, South Branch, North Fork and Puddles
    • Jim Blashfield, Circulator
    • Claude Zervas, Chandelier
  • Landscape, Natural & Reclaimed Water Resources
    The foreground landscape contains walking paths, native plants and opportunities for interaction and contemplation with artworks that speak to the natural systems and the water cycle within them and reclaimed water use.

    • Buster Simpson, Bio Boulevard & Water Molecule
    • Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Grandfather’s Wisdom
  • Treatment Process, The Street of Alchemy
    The artwork in this zone celebrates the transformation of wastewater as it travels through the process of purification, separating out into purified water and bio-solids.

    • Jann Rosen-Queralt, Confluence
    • Jane Tsong, …no beginning no end/circle the earth/blessed water/blood of life…
    • Janet Zweig, Limited Edition 

Photographer in Residence Eduardo Calderon

Beginning in 2004, photographer Eduardo Calderon visited the Brightwater site several times a month and photographed what he saw. The photographs, now in the King County Public Art Collection, tell the story of Brightwater and its place.

Video and Spoken Art

Brightwater’s public art collection includes pieces that can be experienced and appreciated around the clock and around the world. The Brightwater collection includes both video and poetry that can be accessed on the internet as well as at the site.


Making "CIRCULATOR" / An installation by Jim Blashfield / 4Culture from Jim Blashfield on Vimeo.

Part of the Cycle Tess Martin
This animated short cleverly uses ink and water to explain how water reaches our homes, how we change it, and how we are all part of the cycle.

Master Art Plan for the Brightwater Treatment System
The Art Plan (external link) for Brightwater produced thematic zones for integrated artwork and served as a guide in building the art program

Public Art in King County is managed by 4Culture

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