“Allure” was inspired by many conversations with the vibrant community of South Park, who describe their neighborhood as a “small town within a big city.”
The sculpture is a beacon for the area of South Park, inviting visitors to come and enjoy the business district’s offerings. “Allure” welcomes everyone to the diversity of South Park, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. This artwork was commissioned by King County in partnership with the Seattle Office of Economic Development and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture King County, Dow Constantine, Executive.
The depiction of the angler fish embodies the community’s scrappy spirit, in its references to a variety of cultures and layers of history: from the farming culture that started this neighborhood and is now embodied in Marra Farms, to the current industries that continue to employ many of the population here, to those who still fish in the river.
“Allure” is fabricated from ornamental iron and sheet metal laser cut with integrated motifs including many designed by South Park community members, symbolic of the rich history and cultural diversity of the area. The open iron filigree is covered with a brilliant metallic gold glaze. In this photo, Diane leads install crew on the siting of the artwork.
“Allure’s” functional lantern was fabricated from reclaimed lighting from the old South Park Bridge. “Allure” stands as an invitation to South Park, beckoning visitors to come and enjoy the business district's offerings. The lantern is illuminated with an integrated commercial solar floodlight, which creates a friendly and safe environment per Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guidelines.