In 1973, King County adopted legislation creating the 1% for Art program, which requires that a percentage of funds from capital construction projects be set aside for public artwork. The artwork will be integrated at the project site; in this case, at the Bow Lake facility, and reflect a solid waste or recycling focus. Experience has shown that investments in public art benefit the community in many ways, from deterring vandalism to turning public facilities into better neighbors and community assets.
The artist selected for the Bow Lake project is Andy Cao. Mr. Cao has a degree in landscape architecture and he studied glass art at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. For information about Mr. Cao's work, please visit the 4Culture Web site below.
Public art associated with King County construction projects is managed by 4Culture, the county's cultural services agency. 4Culture ensures that the work of artists is reflected in the built environment, bringing art into the everyday lives of visitors and residents. More information about the agency can be found at www.4culture.org (external link).
Updated: Jul. 16, 2012