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Brings the Medicine Sundial at King Street Station

  • King Street Station plaza 303 South Jackson Street Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

Free and Open to the Public

Join yəhaw̓ and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture on the summer solstice, Friday June 21, to celebrate a new outdoor installation at King Street Station created by artist and architectural designer Kimberly Corinne Deriana (Mandan/Hidatsa) in collaboration with Coast Salish carvers. Remarks and blessings will be shared 12:00-1:30pm, with additional activities until 3pm.

Brings the Medicine Sundial is a public temporary sculpture intended to bring healing, recognition, and awareness of the First People of this land by activating the King Street Station Plaza, and creating an outdoor gathering area that honors the Earth. Lodge poles are a shared cultural reference and beloved material drawn from both the artist’s Plains tribes, and local Coast Salish tribes. The concept relates to the inaugural exhibition at ARTS at King Street Station, yəhaw̓, and its theme of “lifting the sky,” based on the narrative of Indigenous people from many tribes coming together and using poles to hoist the sky above the Earth. yəhaw̓ is the word shared across languages that all the tribes used to communicate and form unity in this process. Tall fir tree poles will be installed in a semicircle. The free standing tripod structures will form a sundial/dais and gathering circle in the plaza.

Kimberly Corinne Deriana is a Mandan and Hidatsa architectural designer and artist who specializes in sustainable, environmental, Indigenous architecture, housing, and planning. Her design methodologies focus on incorporating Indigenous lifestyle practices in relationship to past and present: design for seven generations. She strives to achieve exceptional design by weaving together respect for individuality, honor for cultural identity, and appreciation for contemporary quality, manifested in the shape and structure of sustainable buildings and communities.

Project Team:

Kimberly Corinne Deriana, Artist/Designer

Rob Purser (Suquamish), Delbert Miller (Skokomish), Tina Kuckkahn-Miller (Ojibwe), Sayalts Miller (Skokomish), Coast Salish carvers

Tracy Rector, Asia Tail, Satpreet Kahlon, Curators

Absalom Shantz, Fabricator

Christopher C. Shaw, Professional Engineer

S Surface, King Street Station Program Lead, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture