Celebrate Bellwether and “Connect” with the Community This Summer

Get ready to experience some unusual sights when Bellwether 2014, Bellevue’s much celebrated biennial sculpture exhibition, opens this Friday, June 27. Themed “Connect”, the exhibition features more than 30 pieces of innovative artwork and invites viewers to reflect upon how they connect to the community, nature and one another.

Just in time for the sunny season, onlookers can spend time outside and enjoy larger-than-life sculptures, interactive installations and art made from materials as varied as steel, seaweed and eggshells—all within a three-quarter mile walking route connecting City Hall and Bellevue Downtown Park.  Visitors will see carefully folded sheet metal that evokes ocean waves, a headless mannequin covered with a mosaic of broken eggshells and 2,000 recycled plastic bags cut into strips and crocheted in plant forms. The slideshow below shows a collection of some of the sculptures included this year’s exhibition.

A panel that includes Seattle artist John Grade and Stefano Catalani, director of art, craft and design for Bellevue Arts Museum, selected the pieces for “Bellwether 2014” from more than 200 submissions. Northwest makers dominate the list, but artists from Canada and across the United States are also featured. Many of the artworks have been created specifically for the exhibition and will be on view for the first time.

Presented every two years by the City of Bellevue Arts Program, Bellwether started in 1992 as the Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition. While Bellwether may be the city’s most recognized program, there are more than 120 year-round public art works on view throughout Downtown Bellevue. Through these projects and initiatives, the Arts Program actively enlivens Bellevue as the cultural hub of the Eastside and brings the arts to everyday life.

Visit Bellwether 2014 anytime between Friday, June 27 and Sunday, October 12. A free opening celebration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 27 at City Hall, and many of the participating artists will be present to discuss their work. Also, be sure to check out the new free mobile app, STQRY, for easy access to the stories behind the art. For more information on Bellwether, and the city’s Arts Program, click here.

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