Bellwether 2014: Bellevue, WA

Photo © Bellevue Arts Program

Every other year, the city of Bellevue, Washington, hosts a sculpture exhibition in downtown public spaces. This year, the title of the exhibition is “Bellwether 2014: Connect,” a title that implies a forward-looking approach and a theme that resonates with contemporary artists and viewers. The exhibition features more than 30 sculptures and installations, all within a three-quarter mile walking route, from City Hall to Downtown Park, and will be on view through October 12.
With the theme of “connect,” exhibition viewers are challenged to reflect upon how they connect with community, nature and one another. Stroll the route through downtown Bellevue and you’ll see some unusual sights. Carefully folded sheet metal evokes ocean waves and a headless mannequin covered with a mosaic of broken eggshells and 2,000 recycled plastic bags cut into strips and crocheted in plant forms—just two of the pieces on display.

A panel that includes Seattle artist John Grade and Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum director of art, craft and design, selected the pieces for the show from more than 200 submissions. Northwest artists dominate the list, but artists from Canada and across the United States also are included. Many artworks have been created specifically for the exhibition and will be on view for the first time.

A free mobile app, called STQRY, provides easy access to the stories behind the art. You can also participate in an online conversation about the sculptures at facebook.com/BellevueArtsProgram. Exhibition maps and catalogs are available throughout downtown Bellevue.

In addition to the biennial sculpture exhibition, downtown Bellevue features 120 year-round public art works, making it one of the most art-friendly cities in the Northwest. For more information about the exhibition, visit bellevuewa.gov/bellwether2014.htm. To learn more about visiting Bellevue, go to visitbellevuewashington.com.