Wandering Diatoms find a temporary home in Rotary Park tree canopy

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Kait Rhoads installing her glass art in the
trees of little Rotary Park on NE 185th
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Internationally recognized glass artist Kait Rhoads has developed several new large-scale installation pieces, including Wandering Diatoms, a series of eight five-foot long spirals that resemble the enlarged forms of microscopic diatoms like those found in the Salish Sea.

Wandering Diatoms find a temporary home in
the trees of Rotary Park
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Composed of various colors of green plastic bottles, the sculpture calls attention to the importance of the smallest lifeforms responsible for our clean environment.

As the artist mentions in her statement, diatoms found in “kelp and phytoplankton create 70% of the earth’s oxygen.”

The artwork will be on display through the winter and spring at Rotary Park along NE 185th just west of 10th Ave NE, the pocket park by the old Mower shop.


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