Art Projects

In the Absence of Natural Light

Light is a flexible and compelling tool to enhance public spaces. Recent DSA-commissioned urban art displays, including Neon Cranes, 360 Beacon and Suspended Eddies, all employ light to invite visitors into our downtown parks.

DSA’s newest installation, In the Absence of Natural Light, by artist team Lumina (Iole Alessandrini and Etta Lilienthal), layers illumination and color into the Westlake Park fountain. The light sculpture was commissioned by DSA to help create a vibrant pedestrian experience and encourage visitors to spend more time at Westlake, a central gathering point for people from all walks of life.

The display integrates specialized lights throughout the fountain’s base and support struts. Once activated, “planes” of light spring to life, complementing sheets of falling water.

The installation, which will be in place year-round, helps bring people to the park during slower times, including  fall and winter.

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Contact Info

General Park Info:

Michael Johnson, Director of Parks & Public Spaces


Jennifer Casillas, VP, Public Realm & Ambassador Operations

Art and Public Space Projects:

Seth Geiser, Manager, Urban Planning & Design

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The Seattle Municipal Code prohibits:

  • Placing any structure or obstruction in the park without a permit
  • Dogs or other pets that are not leashed; person with dog must carry and use equipment for removing feces.
  • Sale of merchandise without a permit
  • Amplified sound without a permit.
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  • Depriving others of their use or enjoyment of the park
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  • Disrupting Parks and Recreation activities.
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