Help celebrate downtown Tacoma’s new public art Dec. 16

Celebrate Tacoma’s newest public artwork, Projecting Drop by Jill Anholt, in a dedication ceremony Thurs., Dec. 16, from 4:30-6 p.m. Join Mayor Strickland, the Tacoma Arts Commission, and Pacific Plaza Development, LLC to learn more about the piece, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments from local businesses.

The artwork is located at the hill climb at South 12th Street, between Commerce Street and Pacific Avenue. The dedication ceremony will be held in the adjoining building at PCS Structural Solutions, 1250 Pacific Ave., Suite 701.

Using tile, steel, and projected light, Projecting Drop tells the story of the modern LEED-platinum certified building that it’s connected to, and the historic 19th century Turkish bathhouse that was discovered beneath the hill climb. For this project, the bathhouse was re-purposed as a water cistern that is used to irrigate the building’s green roof, making the two hidden systems interdependent on each other for their continued functionality. The artwork creates a visual connection between the historic bathhouse below and the modern green roof above.

The artist, Jill Anholt, is a visual artist and designer who has been creating site specific public art installations since 1997. Her work investigates qualities of time, movement, light and materiality. Projecting Drop is the first project Anholt has completed in this country.

Projecting Drop is a $179,000 commission, funded through a public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma and Pacific Plaza Development, LLC. One percent of construction costs for the transformation of Pacific Plaza contributed to the creation of the artwork.

In November, the Tacoma Daily Index interviewed Anholt about the project. To read the interview, click http://www.wahmee.com/tdi_jill_anholt.pdf or http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1869414&more=0 .