Tacoma’s Old Town Dock public art dedication June 16

The City of Tacoma Arts Commission and Metro Parks Tacoma are inviting Tacomans to gather at Old Town Dock later this month to dedicate a new interactive public art installation that is part of the recently renovated 140-year-old pier.

The event will formally unveil “Droplets,” an illustrated scavenger hunt created by Tacoma artist Chandler O’Leary that challenges visitors to discover the history, importance, and beauty of this location. According to Metro Parks Tacoma officials, Old Town Dock has been host and witness to a wide variety of industries, events, neighborhood dynamics, natural history, celebrations, tragedies, and everyday narratives. O’Leary’s artwork includes 24 vignettes that provide a glimpse of some of the true stories that have unfolded on or near this site over the years.

The event will be held on Sun., June 16 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Old Town Dock, located at 2123 Schuster Parkway, on Ruston Way at McCarver Street. Live music will be provided by Pearl Django.

In addition to the new artwork, visitors to the restored historic dock can enjoy views from the new benches, improved lighting, and two new slips that can moor vessels up to 40 feet and 60 feet, as well as low, free-board floats extending off the main dock to accommodate kayakers. In addition, the new dock grating increases light penetration beneath and around the dock by 30 percent to better serve the salmon population nearby.

Old Town Dock was closed to the public in the summer of 2008 for a variety of safety reasons, including a deteriorating deck and structural deficiencies. The dock reopened last month following a $2.3 million renovation.

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Old Town Dock rehabilitation project, click on the following links: