Now open to the public, near 911 E Fir St.
The table top is covered with community sourced photographs portraying hospitality, they are laser marked in stainless steel and the entire table was parametrically modeled and fabricated using a mix of digital and hand techniques. Community research and collaboration, design, and fabrication was done in house by Artist George Lee in the Rainier Valley.
Hospitality is at the core of what makes Yesler Terrace a place to look up to, from housing those in need regardless of who they are, to delicious home cooked meals for friends, family and strangers.
Thank you to Yesler Residents and Community Leaders (Mike, Kim and others), Seattle Housing Authority Yesler and Arts Team, @vulcanrealestate, @hewittseattle, Seattle Design Commission, @livecypressapt, @interim_cda WILD Youth, @thekresgefoundation, @prattfinearts, Seattle Art and Industrial Lasers, @division_six, @ccotter84 and many others.
Video by Harley Pan
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Concept Design, Schematic Design, Sculpture Elements Community Liaison & Other
Turenscape, SvR | MIG, StudioFifty50, Dark Light, Lund Opsahl, City of Seattle, Friends of HHP, ISRD
Seattle Chinatown International District - 2013-2018
I worked in Beijing with Turenscape on the concept design for #hinghaypark creating original concepts with community that led to this finished result. Later, I returned to Seattle and worked on the park for SvR as local firm on schematic and construction design. There I continued assisting with design, while also working as the community's arts/cultural liaison for multicultural lighting perforations on (5) seat units & the adventurous theatrical gateway. I also assisted with landmark tree species selection, e.g. Pinus bungeana, a tree I had seen in the Forbidden City back garden.
Custom Concrete, Molds, Site Responsive, 3d Scanning, Community Inputs
Yesler Terrace Downtown Seattle
Seattle Housing Authority - 2016-19
Hing Hay Park - CID Downtown Seattle
SCIDpda / City of Seattle - 2018-19
Metallic Acrylic, Found Textures
Pinehurst Interim-Use Building
PSW - May 2018
The Pyschomagic Rituals of Nuclear War with Artist John Blalock
Pioneer Square Art Walk
Mural for PSW and Rainier Valley Community, 12/12/2017
Built with local granite, designed for new rail trail in Belfast, Maine. Collaboration with local masons and stone carvers. Private/Public.
At entrance to Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Ave Seattle
listen to the interviews at https://youtu.be/ZOE7QWP4YfA
Lead Artist : George Lee
Collaborating Photographer : Scott Everett
Funded by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
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.
The Yesler Hospitality Table
For Yesler Terrace Pocket Park, 2018
Currently under construction
Cafe Red Othello Plaza
Led design/build. Sweat equity, owner collaboration, small business urban retrofit.
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.