‘Words’ tells story of fun, creativity in downtown Tacoma’s Tollefson Plaza

“Words,” a new temporary installation by Tacoma artist James Grayson Sinding, opened in Tollefson Plaza Saturday afternoon. Sinding dumped hundreds of hand-painted wooden words, refrigerator-magnet-style, onto the plaza out of the back of a shiny dump truck. The public was then invited to create messages, climb, stack, and otherwise interact with the new installation.

“Words” will be in Tollefson Plaza through the end of August. Tollefson Plaza is located in downtown Tacoma at Pacific Avenue and S. 17th Street.

In 2010, Sinding presented his colorful, award-winning installation, “Letters,” in Tollefson Plaza. “Letters” was recently recognized by the prestigious Americans for the Arts 2011 Public Art Network Year in Review as an example of an outstanding public art project.

“Words” is supported by Spaceworks Tacoma and the Tacoma Arts Commission’s Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP). For more information, visit SpaceworksTacoma.com, TacomaArtMuseum.org, and JamesGraysonSinding.blogspot.com, or e-mail rsolverson@cityoftacoma.org.

For additional photos from the event, visit new.kevinfreitas.net/blog/art-dogs/.

"Words," a new temporary installation by Tacoma artist James Grayson Sinding, opened in Tollefson Plaza Saturday afternoon. Sinding dumped hundreds of hand-painted wooden words, refrigerator-magnet-style, onto the plaza out of the back of a shiny dump truck. (PHOTOS COURTESY KEVIN FREITAS / FEEDTACOMA.COM)