KUOW's intrepid art critic, Gary Faigin, has gone far afield for his research, but wandering through a giant new sewage plant was beyond even his usual adventures. Thanks to a generous art budget and enlightened curation, good art was indeed discovered amidst the piping and machinery, so this month’s review gives us the art report from the waste treatment front.
We live, we love, we excrete. The first two topics have been the theme of art through the ages; the last one, not so much. But times change; several millions of dollars of public art have just been unveiled as part of the new Brightwater sewage plant, an enormous state-of-the-art treatment facility serving the northern suburbs of Seattle.