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

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 for Brightwater, completed in 2003, identified thematic zones for integrated artwork and served as a guide in building the art program.

The Brightwater Education Center 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

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

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

Video and Spoken Art

Brightwater’s public art collection includes video and poetry pieces that can be experienced and appreciated both at the site and around the world. 


Public art in King County is managed by 4Culture
Brightwater Center art 
Brightwater Treatment Plant art 
In this short documentary, Jim Blashfield talks about his 7 screen sound and video installation created for the Brightwater Environmental Education Center.
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.

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. View a sampling of photographs on the 4Culture website .