Public artwork is not something that is very prevalent in Mountlake Terrace, but that is starting to change. The city recently passed the Arts & Culture plan which will guide day-to-day and long range decisions that reflect the city’s vision for a vibrant arts community
One of the first pieces of public art in the Town Center neighborhood is a new statue that will be in front of Fire Station 19 on 232nd St SW.
On November 7 at 1PM there will be an unveiling ceremony for the art work at Fire Station 19. In addition to that, Snohomish County Fire District 1 is hosting an open house for station 19 on the same day.
The art piece is a bronze statue depicting the life size likeness of a firefighter and child that will be located near the flagpole/bench area outside the station. The artist, Louise McDowell will be present at the unveiling ceremony.
Louise grew up in New York city and says that her sculptures “portray how people react to a wide spectrum of realities-simple, ordinary moments of pleasure and discovery, crushing and powerful socio-political events, and transcendent and triumphant experiences.” Louise has lived in Seattle for the past 40 years.
The process for creating the sculpture is interesting and takes several steps:
“The wax scupltures are the first step in creating bronze sculpture. Once the was sculptur eis formed, the piece is taken to a foundry to be cast. Large scuptures required portions to be cast and then assembled as on epiece. A rubber mold of the wax is takend prior to casting – this permits duplicate waxes for limited editions. Duplicate waxes are then invested in a waste mold, which is cured in a kiln. The wax is then drained out of the mold leaving a hollow space inbto which the bronze is poured.”
Below is a photo of a sculpture created by Louise McDowell that is located at Lynnwood’s Heritage Park.