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Saturday, September 21, 2019

NORTHWEST | Excursion: Robert Morris & Herbert Bayer Earthworks

Start Date: 9/21/2019 11:00 AM PDT
End Date: 9/21/2019 2:00 PM PDT

Venue Name: Robert Morris Earthwork, Johnson Pit #30

21610 37th Place South
Seatac, WA  United States  98198

Organization Name: ArtTable Northwest

Tara Wefers
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212.343.1735

Members | Free
Guests | $10


In 1979, 4Culture—then known as the King County Arts Commission—hosted a symposium, Earthworks: Land Reclamation as Sculpture. The event brought together a unique team of artists and government agencies, resulting in the creation of seminal public artworks designed to rehabilitate land damaged by industry. On this tour, we will visit two such sites: Robert Morris’ Johnson Pit #30 and Herbert Bayer’s Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks.
Artist Robert Morris removed undergrowth from an abandoned 3.7-acre gravel pit in the Kent Valley, terraced the earth, and planted it with rye grass. By creating Johnson Pit #30, he returned the land to active use—40 years later, we value it as a gathering place and internationally-celebrated destination.
Bauhaus master Herbert Bayer integrated a stormwater detention dam into a public park to create Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks. Immediately lauded for its fusion of art and infrastructure, it set a powerful precedent for engineers, landscape architects and artists.
11:00 am: Arrive at the Robert Morris Earthwork, Johnson Pit #30, 21610 37th Place South, SeaTac, WA 98198 (20-30 min drive from downtown Seattle)
11:00 am - 11:15 am: Explore Johnson Pit #30 on foot & enjoy light snacks 
11:15 am- 11:35 am: Conversation with 4Culture Collection Curator, Jordan Howland and Public Art Project Manager, Selina Hunstiger in green space nearby parking lot about the making, history, and significance of this work by Morris
11:45 am:  Depart for Brunch
12:00 pm: No Host Brunch at Agave Cocina & Cantina, 504 Ramsay Way #107, Kent, WA 
1:30 pm: Arrive at Herbert Bayer’s Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks, 701 E Titus St, Kent, WA (5 min drive from Agave Cocina & Cantina) 
1:35 pm - 1:50 pm: Walking tour of Herbert Bayer’s Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks with City of Kent Parks Planning and Development Manager, Terry Jungman and Parks Planning and Development Coordinator, Bryan Higgins
2:00 pm: Depart / Program Ends
Important Information:
Sturdy and comfortable walking/hiking shoes are highly recommended. The Robert Morris Earthwork is quite steep if you choose to explore on foot and not ADA accessible. Herbert Bayer's Earthwork has a gentle grade and is considered ADA accessible. If you wish to only attend a single earthwork and brunch, please email northwest@arttable.org to let us know. Attending the program in part instead of in full will not result in a reduced fee.
Please check the weather for Kent, WA to determine which type of outerwear to don and if an umbrella is advisable. This program will take place rain or shine. The only inclement weather that would cause cancellation would be lightning or extremely high winds. 
northwest@arttable.org by Thursday, September 12 to request or offer a ride.
Please include your name, pick-up/drop-off address and cell phone number in your email.

Thank you to Jordan Howland, Collection Curator, 4Cullture. 

Image: Robert Morris (1931-2018). Johnson Pit #30, 1979. Earthwork. SeaTac, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Spike Mafford.

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