View it anytime in person or online. Walk in times available on Thursdays.
At entrance to Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Ave Seattle
listen to the interviews at https://youtu.be/ZOE7QWP4YfA
Nine residents of Seattle agreed to be interviewed and photographed in person: Five senior officials and city councilors leading the homelessness response, and 4 residents experiencing homelessness living in Othello Village. They were all asked, “what is the favorite place in your home,” and, “what is your favorite moment or experience in the home?” They were all asked to lie down for a staged photograph with the same heirloom blankets. Lying down is key for rest, and often effectively illegal in public space. Othello Village residents were compensated $15.
Their responses express the obvious fact that favorite places and moments in the home maintain and replenish the health of the mind and body through comfort, safety, and relaxed time alone, and with loved ones. They also express that the most important places and moments in the home happen in simple, small spaces: I.e. An old couch, a bay window, an outdoor seat, a tent with folding furniture, a closet, a bedroom, a kitchen. Luxury spaces and improvements were absent from responses.
In closing, how can we expect someone without a home to maintain physical and mental health, and become self-supporting? And, if affordable solutions like $2500 tiny homes offer these home comforts and stabilize lives, why are Seattlites still measurably complicit in continuing inaction to not immediately house all homeless people by the end of 2017? Lastly, self-reflecting, why do our city’s homes increasingly orbit around physical expansion and luxury when it is clear these efforts are unnecessary to achieve our favorite home places and experiences?
Lead Artist : George Lee
Collaborating Photographer : Scott Everett
Funded by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Probono Professional Time
The Yesler Hospitality Table
For Yesler Terrace Pocket Park, 2018
Currently under construction
The studio is honored that it has been selected by Seattle Housing Authority for the Artist Works Program at Yesler Terrace, a 2-year project centered on creating a permanent, site-specific sculpture at Yesler Terrace rooted in deep community engagement.
Spring to Fall 2016
George Lee Studio
Funded by City of Seattle
Build community and deter youth violence in the everyday streets of Brighton/Othello/Rainier Beach by building "City of Faces" an outdoor hanging installation of cast human face bird houses. Thirty local youth will learn about local birds and their nesting needs, and then choose one to make a bird house for with their face as the front, their mouth as the entrance hole. Generously funded by City of Seattle Arts and Cultural Affairs.
It will be located in Angel Morgan P-Patch Community Garden, located along busy Greenway along 42nd ave s and Morgan, just south of Aki Kurose Middle School. Youth will be compensated $15 honorariums upon completion, learn about birds in depth, and have the chance to assist in the installation. New partnerships will be formed with several youth organizations in these neighborhoods to build a foundation for future arts and cultural projects.