Westside Stories: January 2020

There’s more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington

Pacific Place Unveils Major Milestone in Multi-Million-Dollar Redevelopment

Heywood Chan, Ye-H Photography

Pacific Place has announced the opening of its new South Lake Union-facing grand entrance at Seventh Avenue and Olive Way. The Gensler-designed grand entrance will connect to the atrium and the existing Pine Street entry, which will become a two-story, street-level entrance with a new glass façade.  

“The vision throughout the development has been to open up the center to the street,” stated Daniel Meyers, senior vice president, project management at Madison Marquette, who is spearheading the project for the developer. “The opening of the new entrance, which will ultimately allow for a full intersection of the city block and welcome Seattle to linger, dine, and shop, is a major milestone in actualizing this mission.”

The Northwest contemporary design weaves the quintessential natural elements of the Pacific Northwest in an abstract manner. Elements such as the Cascade Mountains were an inspiration for the design of the glass corner entrances. Modern lighting and interior design, including a grand curved wood wall, take influence from the rain, forest, and the Puget Sound. The new entrance also welcomes guests with a 24-foot-tall LED screen depicting images of the Northwest and representations from local artists.   

As the redevelopment tracks toward a completion in early 2020, the leasing team has been busy filling the new spaces with a dynamic mix of tenants. Lululemon Athletica will open a new retail store in January, located on level one, leading to the new entrance at Seventh Avenue and Olive Way. The shopping center will also continue its pop-up store program, including Bezel & Kiln, Simply Seattle, and Wishes Toys & Games. And Seattle’s 8,408-square-foot HaiDiLao location will open early spring 2020 on the third floor of Pacific Place, adjacent to the skybridge to the Nordstrom flagship store. New tenants are anticipated to be announced once leases are signed.

Explore a Medieval Monastery Via an AI-Powered Experience 

Courtesy Microsoft via PR Newswire

Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry and Microsoft Corp. have opened a new interactive exhibit that transports visitors into a holographic tour of picturesque Mont-Saint-Michel, a medieval monastery perched atop a remote tidal island off the coast of Normandy, France.

The opening of the exhibit, called “Mont-Saint-Michel: Digital Perspectives on the Model,” is timed with the 40th anniversary of Mont-Saint-Michel being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This marks the first time the relief map, as well as the mixed-reality experience, has been in North America.

The exhibit is powered by Microsoft AI and mixed-reality technology, as well as the recently released HoloLens 2 device. By donning a HoloLens, guests are taken into a 15- to 20-minute experience where the Mont-Saint-Michel model comes to life.

The virtual experience is complemented by a physical relief map of Mont-Saint-Michel, a three-dimensional model of the landmark. Entirely crafted by hand in the late 1600s by the resident Benedictine monks, the model precisely depicts the monument in such intricate detail that maps like this were considered valuable strategic tools to leaders like Napoleon and King Louis XIV, who considered the maps military secrets and hid them from public view.

The relief map is on loan to MOHAI from the Musée des Plans-Reliefs in Paris, which houses more than 100 historically significant and well-preserved relief maps. The relief map of Mont-Saint-Michel is considered the museum’s crown jewel. It will be on display at MOHAI through Jan. 26.

Seattle Art Museum Debuts New Installation by Haida Artist

Carpe Fin (detail), 2018, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Courtesy SAM

The Seattle Art Museum has unveiled a new installation featuring work by Vancouver, B.C.-based Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.

The centerpiece is Carpe Fin, a watercolor mural that is a major commission for SAM’s collection. Yahgulanaas describes its style as “Haida manga,” blending several artistic and cultural traditions, including Haida formline art, Japanese manga, Pop Art, and graphic novels.

Created with watercolor and ink on handmade mulberry paper from Japan, Carpe Fin bursts with figures, landscapes, and action scenes inspired by a traditional Haida oral story: A sea mammal hunter goes in pursuit of food to feed his starving community and is taken underwater to the realm of a powerful spirit. Yahgulanaas refreshes the story for contemporary audiences with attention to issues of environmental degradation and the rupture of the values that honor human-nature interdependence.

“With Carpe Fin, Yahgulanaas has created a truly contemporary, hybrid work of art with a timely message,” said Barbara Brotherton, curator of Native American Art. “It’s an exciting synergy between many art traditions, particularly classic Haida design and free-flowing comic book style. We are honored to bring this important commission to the museum’s walls.”

Also on view in the installation is a 19th-century carved wood and abalone headdress frontlet from SAM’s collection made by Yahgulanaas’ relative, Albert Edward Edenshaw. The installation also includes the artist’s drawings and sketches for Carpe Fin, two of his scroll ink drawings on indigo paper, and a video in which the artist describes his process. Finally, a Chilkat robe (naaxein) hangs alongside the wood pattern board used as a guide for its making, which demonstrates Yahgulanaas’ reference to the ancient Haida formline design system.

Experience Hawaii at the Seattle Aquarium

Natali Wiseman courtesy Seattle Aquarium

Grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and ignore the clouds, because Hawaii is coming to the Seattle Aquarium from Jan. 18-20. Learn about sea life that originates only from the islands. There will be Hawaiian-inspired entertainment, activities, and special diver shows. No sunscreen needed!

Go Red for Women

Ike and Tash Photography

Mark your calendars! The 2020 Puget Sound Go Red for Women luncheon is on Feb. 28 at the Westin Seattle. The luncheon supports the American Heart Association’s mission to raise awareness and reduce heart disease among women, because about 80 percent of all cardiovascular diseases can be prevented. This luncheon is positive, informative, and inspiring. Also, National Wear Red Day 2020 is Friday, Feb. 7, across the nation. Make sure to wear red, snap a photo, and share on social media. 425 is a proud sponsor of
Go Red for Women.

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