Kalakala Ferry Art Concept Reveal and Open House

WHAT:          Kalakala Art Concept Reveal and Open House: Preview four art concepts developed using salvaged pieces of the Kalakala Ferry and meet the artists who developed the concepts
WHEN:         January 31, 2018
                        5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:          Kirkland Performance Center
                        350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
DETAILS:        Where do boats go when they are no longer in service? In February 2015, the City of Kirkland seized the opportunity to salvage some of its own history by purchasing pieces of the Kalakala, the famous ferry that worked the waters of Lake Washington and the Puget Sound for half of the 20th century. It is the world’s first streamlined passenger vessel built in 1935 at the Lake Washington Ship Yard – present day, Kirkland’s Carillon Point.
The Iconic Salvage includes the purchase of a wheelhouse, doors, valve wheels, a section of ornament hand railings, the top window section above the car entrance doors in the bow of the ship.
The City of Kirkland is telling the story of the Kalakala and Kirkland’s early history as a regional shipbuilding center by re-purposing the salvaged pieces for an art installation that commemorates the historic ferry.
A citizen committee with members of the Cultural Arts Commission have selected four artists to develop concepts that represent the story of the Kalakala Ferry, Puget Sound, Kirkland and ultimately technology, art and the northwest spirit of innovation that produced the one-of-a-kind icon. The four concepts will be revealed at a public open house on January 31, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Public comments on the concepts will be collected during the open house for consideration in the decision making process.
To register for the open house and for more information, please visit www.kirklandwa.gov/arts.


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