Vashon’s Lelavision invites islanders to participate with them at the Hello/Goodbye Viaduct Art Festival on the top deck of the now-closed Alaskan Way Viaduct near Pike Place Market on Saturday.
Lelavision will present “Interspecies Communication: The Human Murmuration” at 1:30 p.m.; the festival will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
Previously, Black Rock Arts Foundation and 4Culture for the Arts commissioned Lelavision co-founder and director Ela Lamblin to create a large kinetic and interactive artwork. Since its creation in 2017, the 28-foot tall sculpture has been installed at parks and festivals around the country, including Burning Man, The Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, and Seattle’s Gas Works Park. This weekend it will be part of the viaduct art festival.
Throughout Saturday afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the sculpture by pulling a rope to flap the large bird’s wings and give it the gift of flight. Lelavision’s co-founder and choreographer Leah Mann said the site of the sculpture will allow for views of the sound and the city that will cultivate a sense of place and awe.
This public art piece will also serve as the platform for Mann’s Human Murmuration project. The event will include Harbor School students and others in what Mann describes as a dance exploration, a playful game and an embodied practice of equity modeled after starling flocks in nature. The starlings use these guiding precepts in their murmurations: right relations, interspecies inclusion, localized behavior, shared centering and emergent groupings for the health and survival of the entire flock, Mann said. She created this artful bio-mimicry action to make a statement about the importance of healthy and diverse communal bodies playing toward “right relations” in these divisive times.