A designated "park space" by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Waterway 8 stretches west from the doorstep of the former Lake Union Steam Plant. In examining the history of this currently unexplained and under-utilized slice of Lake Union, we discovered that it represents the convergence of a number of narrative threads. These stories shed light on Seattle's past and ongoing relationship with industry within an evolving social and environmental context. The energy intensive production of steam on the lakeshore is symbolic of other processes that occurred in the vicinity, all characterized by inequitable production yields. Our exhibit explores this singular history of hot air and its human and non-human by-products.
Betsy Anderson, Arum Cho, Angelica Rockquemore, Philip Syvertsen